Through programs supported by the Maternal and Child Survival Program, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development, the number of women receiving or maintaining a modern family planning method in Rwanda increased from 384,805 in 2015 to nearly 500,000 today.
The government of Rwanda has made a priority of expanding access to quality reproductive health services by increasing the competency and confidence of nurses and midwives—those providers who deliver the bulk of health care here to pregnant women, mothers and children.
Lunch would have to wait.
Midwife Pauline Mukabasinga was just about ready to enjoy her midday meal on Monday, February 6, when a nurse she worked with at Kabarore Health Center called for her assistance. It was urgent.
Dozens of women arrived outside of a tent in Musanze, Rwanda, for the chance to reclaim their lives. Many of the women were suffering with obstetric fistula, a childbirth-related injury that can result in incontinence and stench. Because of this, some had been living in obscurity; som
Three miles and two mountains away from the Mataba Health Center lives a family whose remote locale proves just how far health care workers in Rwanda will go to find a case of malaria. Sitting in his unlit house, a cow mooing in the background and rain pounding on the roof, Fabien Nse
By Musoni Pascal, Susan Moffson and Jérémie Zoungrana
Busoga, Rwanda—With her labor pains intensifying, Epiphanie Nyirankurikiyimana knew the time had come to leave for the health facility. Rather than give birth at home without skilled care, the 25-year-old mother, pregnant with her second child, telephoned Immaculée Bampoyineza,
Busasamana, Rwanda—Sitting on the floor of her mud-walled hut, Jacqueline Nyanzera cradles her three-day-old son in her arms and proudly shows him off to Jean Umurarwa. Mama Jean, as the community health worker is known in this village,
In Rwanda, Jhpiego is promoting community interventions that reach women at the village level with appropriate information about malaria in pregnancy (MIP)—enabling women to become informed actors, not only beneficiaries. With the application of a community-to-clinic continuum of care