Rwanda

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Since 1989, we’ve been improving the quality of health care for Rwandans.

 

  • More than 400,000 men and boys have received voluntary medical male circumcision services, thereby benefiting from this procedure’s protective effect against HIV infection.
  • Introduction of postpartum family planning (PPFP) services in 10 districts led to the Rwandan Ministry of Health adopting and prioritizing PPFP in all districts.
  • The use of data “dashboards” at health care facilities has led to improvements in quality of care and increased access to services. At one Jhpiego-supported facility in Nyaruguru District, for example, this innovation led to a 50% increase in the number of pregnant women attending all four recommended antenatal care visits.
  • Jhpiego trained 75 lab technicians in malaria microscopy diagnosis, and 52 health care providers and 8,067 community health workers (CHWs) on CHW integrated services. As a result, 555,040 children under 5 years old were tested for malaria, and CHWs treated 347,424 children who tested positive for malaria based on rapid diagnostic tests.

Our Work in Rwanda

With funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, Jhpiego is supporting the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) to scale up voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services. This project aims to: 1) increase circumcision coverage among military personnel by strengthening VMMC services within RDF’s health services; and 2) reduce the number of new HIV infections and other sexually transmitted infections among military members, their families and the surrounding civilian communities.

Impact Malaria is a global project of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative to reduce mortality and morbidity caused by malaria. Implemented by a consortium of organizations led by PSI, the project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. In close collaboration with Rwanda’s National Malaria Control Program, other sections of the Ministry of Health and various implementing partners, Impact Malaria is designed to improve malaria service delivery via the following objectives: 1) improve the quality of and access to malaria case management and prevention of malaria in pregnancy; 2) improve the quality of and access to other malaria drug-based approaches and provide support to pilot/scale up newer malaria drug-based approaches; and 3) provide global technical leadership, support operational research and advance program learning.

Under a subcontract with Avenir Health, Jhpiego supports the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Track20 activities in Rwanda by seconding a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer to the Maternal Child and Community Health Division of the Rwanda Biomedical Center. The M&E Officer serves as the primary in-country focal point for efforts to improve collection and use of data for monitoring progress toward achievement of national family planning program and FP2020 goals. Their support includes identifying and creating data collection systems that produce relevant family planning data, as well as performing data quality checks and analysis that encourage the use of data for strategic decision-making.