Health in Rwanda

  • Rwanda: Medical Drone Delivery System Wins Prestigious Global Award

    RWANDA, 2017/09/11 Medical drone delivery company Zipline's joint initiative with the government of Rwanda was on Friday awarded the 2017 Index Award, Body Category, in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The Index Awards-often referred to as the Nobel Prize for Design- are the majority prestigious awards in the field of design with previous winners inclunding icons such as Apple's Itunes and electric car giant Tesla. The Awards, in five categories, have prize money of up to €500,000.
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Rwanda, Health Insurance for the poor

    RWANDA, 2015/10/13 Reports indicate that only 65 % of the people targeted for Mutuelle de santé have paid their premiums and 35 % have not paid. Because of this, the government has made its stance clear that it will be locking out those who have not paid premiums for the social medical insurance plan. The scheme, which is handled by Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), has been one of the initiatives which has garnered a lot of regional and international praise for the government. The globally lauded universal medical insurance plan targeting the poor and vulnerable has cemented the RPF leadership as a pro-poor establishment with the credentials to support and uplift people out of poverty and other vulnerabilities.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • Poor Mobilisation Hampers Medical Insurance Scheme in Rwanda

    RWANDA, 2013/10/26 Lack of strong awareness mechanisms and strategies part some grassroots leaders has been blamed for slow subscription to the community health insurance, better known as Mutuelle de Santé, in the Southern Province. Vedaste Kabera, the director of specific programmes in the province, said on Wednesday that some grassroots leaders have demonstrated limited capacity in mobilising their people to embrance the health insurance scheme. This justifies why some sectors and districts still have few subscribers to the scheme, about four months into the 2013/2014 fiscal year, Kabera said.