The Inshuti z’Umuryango Stories from the Field: Cyriaque

UNICEF, Rwanda National Child Development Agency

In this case study IZU Cyriaque supports a grandparent-headed household during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IZU programme was initiated in 2016 as an innovative approach to decentralising the child protection workforce to community-level, and the cadre now comprises the frontline of Rwanda’s child protection system. 


  • In this case study, the IZU’s role involved conducting home visits, identifying vulnerable households, sharing information and guidance, ensuring regular follow up, and advocating for the household’s and children’s needs 
  • A key part of this role was to identify factors of vulnerability and risk, so as to take early action including to make sure children do return to school 
  • The IZU provided critical linkages with other stakeholders and service providers to help meet the household multi-faceted needs 


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