UNICEF Rwanda COVID-19 Situation Report No. 5 (1 August to 30 September 2020)

Situation Report
Originally published



  • The Government of Rwanda decided that schools would remain closed to allow thorough preparedness to resume in-person classes. Travel is also still restricted to Rusizi District.

  • UNICEF equipped public transportation vehicles with COVID19 prevention messages, reaching up to 550 people per day.

  • UNICEF distributed 55,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to community health workers.

  • UNICEF facilitated the Government to procure 7,872 COVID19 test kits.

  • 1,860,845 students engaged in radio lessons, 575,180 in TV lessons and approximately 50,000 students accessed the e-learning portal daily.

  • 7,282 children with disabilities were reached with individual learning support at home.

Funding Overview and Partnerships

In 2020, UNICEF Rwanda has appealed for US$ 5 million to support the Government of Rwanda’s National COVID-19 Response Plan. The current funding gap is US$ 3,732,500 (75 per cent). Without additional funding, UNICEF will not be able to address the most urgent needs of children and families in Rwanda who are affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

Rwanda’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on 14 March 2020. As of 30 September, there were 3,537 confirmed cases of whom 1,806 have recovered. Fifteen deaths have been reported. All confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being monitored and contacts have been traced.

On 1 August, Rwanda Airports Company reopened Kigali International Airport, adhering to strict COVID-19 prevention measures. All incoming and outgoing passengers must display a negative COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to arrival or departure. Incoming passengers are subject to an additional test and must quarantine at designated facilities for 24 hours while they await test results.

During the last cabinet meetings in August and September, the Government of Rwanda decided that schools would remain closed to allow time for further health assessment and preparedness for resumption of in-person classes. Remote learning continues to be encouraged and strengthened. Travel to and from Rusizi District remains prohibited and all movement is prohibited between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am.

UNICEF is supporting the Government of Rwanda to mitigate the secondary effects of COVID-19 on children and families, including in remote learning opportunities for children and providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for community health workers. With schools set to re-open soon, UNICEF is supporting the Government to prepare schools for students’ return by constructing handwashing facilities in primary and boarding schools.