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Rwanda - New Data Indicate Significant Gains in Poverty Reduction


The reduction in fertility rates from 6.1 to 4.6 between 2005/06 and 2010/11 due to improvements in reproductive health has had two major benefits. First, it has contributed to reductions in infant, child, and maternal mortality and second, it has reduced time poverty amongst the women allowing them more access to economic activities. Increased economic inclusion for women has contributed to lower poverty rates among femaleheaded households. For instance, female-headed households accounted for 47 percent of the poor in 2010/11 compared to 60 percent in 2005/06.

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