Since 1989, we’ve been improving the quality of health care for Rwandans.
- More than 411,000 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 provided technical support to the Ministry of Health’s Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases Division to conduct a high-level malaria program review to develop recommendations and identify priority areas for the Malaria Strategic Plan 2020–2025.
Our Work in Rwanda
Strengthening the Rwandan Defense Forces to Provide Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Services
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.
Improving Malaria Case Management
With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jhpiego is conducting a health facility survey in Rwanda with the goal of improving malaria case management. In partnership with the Malaria and Other Parasitic Diseases Division of the Government of Rwanda, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jhpiego is designing and implementing the study, which will measure progress made in outpatient malaria case management against national malaria treatment guidelines. Data from this study will benefit Rwanda’s national malaria control program by: informing the development of malaria case management training and supervision strategies; providing data on which antimalarial and rapid diagnostic tests are ideal for the country; and characterizing the degree to which routine health facility data reflect the true malaria burden.
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.
Adolescents and Children, HIV incidence reduction, Empowerment, and Virus Elimination (ACHIEVE)
ACHIEVE is a five-year global effort to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, this project is implemented by a Pact-led consortium that includes Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide and WI-HER. In Rwanda, Jhpiego is collaborating with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and Randa Biomedical Center to support scale-up of HIV testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis services and to support gender-based violence case identification with first line support and access to post-violence care.
Maternal, Neonatal, Child, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Seven Districts in Rwanda
With funding from Belgian development agency Enabel, Jhpiego is implementing a three-year project targeting seven health districts. The project’s objective is to ensure accessible, evidence-based, improved and innovative maternal, neonatal, child, sexual and reproductive health services in these districts. In addition, the project seeks to increase citizens’ participation and engagement in development in alignment with the current national Health Sector Strategic Plan 4.