1000 days campaign gave me healthy twins ; Nkurunziza will live to tell

When Danielle Nkurunzizawho is 26, married his partner four years ago, his major aim was having children. “I needed children so badly, my only reason to commit,” says Nkurunziza. Yes, Nkurunziza’s wife shortly conceived, her belly was becoming bigger and his dreams of getting a child were to soon be realised. But down in (...)

Posted on : 20/09/2016

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Rescued from the grip of malnutrition thanks to weekly sector cooking demonstrations

Jeanette Ugiriwabo, from Rwabayanga Sector, in Kamonyi district has a story to tell. Ugiriwabo and her 9 months daughter recovered from malnutrition, and she owes it to the sector cooking demonstrations, an initiative from 1000 days campaign. Ugiriwabo moved from a malnourished woman, weighing 32 kilos to a business woman, (...)

Posted on : 20/09/2016

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Kigali city dwellers in blood donation drive

Hundreds of Rwandans have lodged at the Kigali Car Free Zone to donate lifesaving blood. The activity organised by The National Centre for blood transfusion (NCBT) a Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) Division was scheduled for 8 th and 9 th , September, 2016.By the end of the first day, at least 72 people had donated blood (...)

Posted on : 15/09/2016

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Exploring the many rewards of modern family planning

The first pregnancy caught her off-guard ; it was one of those unexpected problems. Though she felt blessed by her first bundle of Joy, Beatrice Urujeni was worried to have an unplanned child as a 25 year old woman, though committed to someone, they were not married yet ! “Having a child is one thing I should have avoided (...)

Posted on : 15/09/2016

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RBC warns on dangers related to tobacco consumption

Rwanda Biomedical centre (RBC) has called upon Rwandans to take stringent measures against tobacco products. RBC pins tobacco consumption for increasing the risk of suffering Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) by 80 per cent. “We strongly call upon our people to avoid smoking or tobacco inhaling of any kind. Prevention is (...)

Posted on : 5/09/2016

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Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test, Rwanda’s success story

Time check,4:00 pm in remote Kigoma, a Sector in Nyanza district. Letitia Niyonshuti, restlessly paces around, seemingly searching for something. “A minute please, there is got to be another,” she assures a queue in waiting. Niyonshuti is a Community Health worker, and testing for malaria using the rapid diagnostic (...)

Posted on : 22/08/2016

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More than 1700 voluntarily tested for HIV at the 19th International Trade fair

The number of People who turned up for Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s free Voluntary Testing and Counseling (VCT) program hit 1759,at the just concluded 19th International Trade Fair. The dramatic increase surpassed RBC’s target of 1500 during the 15 days of the exhibition. Privacy, proximity and the quick finger prick method of (...)

Posted on : 18/08/2016

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Transferring mutuelle health insurance to RSSB complements health services

State Minister of Health, Dr.Patrick Ndimubanzi has affirmed that letting Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) take charge of mutuelle Health insurance did not hamper with service delivery at health facilities. “Nothing changed in terms of health service delivery. A mutuelle cardholder still has access to treatment, drugs (...)

Posted on : 17/08/2016

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RBC awarded as the best exhibitor in Social and insurance sector

Kigali, August 12, 2016. The Rwanda Biomedical Center, was given an award as the best exhibitor in Social and insurance sector and at the closing ceremony of the 19th Expo 2016 entitled “Rwanda International Trade Fair” that was held at its usual premises Gikondo Expo Grounds. Mr. Kayumba Malick, the Division Manager of (...)

Posted on : 12/08/2016

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Rwanda embraces bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine to eradicate the killer disease

Kigali, April 4, 2016 Rwanda Ministry of Health has successfully switched from trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) to Bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) on April 4, 2016.. The move is part of global efforts to eradicate polio. The Health Ministry in collaboration with the World Health Organisation(WHO) and The United (...)

Posted on : 3/08/2016

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Over 2600 Vaccinated against Hepatitis B

Rwanda Biomedical Center recently freely vaccinated over 2600 Rwandans against Hepatitis B, surpassing their initial target of 2000. The vaccination was part of Rwanda Ministry of Health’s different activities to join the world to commemorate World Hepatitis Day. Conducted in Kigali Car Free Zone, vaccination was preceded (...)

Posted on : 3/08/2016

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Thousands sensitized through RBC integrated health campaigns

Thousands of Rwandans were sensitized on key health priorities through integrated community outreach campaigns held between 4th -20th , July, 2016. Through dialogue and digital mobile advertising, Rwandans from 10 districts were reached with information on malaria prevention, 1000 days nutrition campaign, Rapid SMS (...)

Posted on : 3/08/2016

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Iwawa youths tipped on drug abuse dangers

The ministry of health through Rwanda Biomedical centre (RBC) has tipped Iwawa rehabilitation Centre about the dangers that come with drug abuse. The listed dangers include ; exposure to HIV/AIDS and other STDs and mental retardation. “Youths are the country’s biggest asset and the future leaders. The country needs you alive (...)

Posted on : 18/07/2016

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100 circumcised as adolescents get sensitized on HIV/AIDS prevention

Over 100 adolescents were circumcised on July 14, 2016, as a head start for a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) programme targeting youths between 15-24,at different district hospitals. The exercise is a partnership between Rwanda Military hospital (RMH) and Organisation of African First Ladies (OAFLA) in a bid to (...)

Posted on : 14/07/2016

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Local communities credit RBC integrated campaigns for increasing awareness on Malaria

Rubavu district residents have credited RBC integrated campaigns for enhancing their awareness on malaria which has been a serious issue in their community since 2014. “We now know that maintaining hygiene and clearing bushy areas around our houses is one of the key instruments in fighting mosquito breeding places. We have (...)

Posted on : 14/07/2016

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Hygiene principal in the fight against malaria ; Ministry of Health

Rwanda Ministry of health has emphasized the importance of hygiene in combating malaria. At a press conference, held on 15,06,2015, different officials from the ministry called upon the media to participate in a malaria awareness campaigns, highlighting hygiene as a basic weapon against malaria. “All big interventions like (...)

Posted on : 20/06/2016

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230 Units collected as foreign delegates donate blood

The 8thAfrica Society for Blood Transfusion (AFSBT) congress ended on a high note with the delegates joining Rwandans in a blood donation exercise that saw 230 units of blood collected in two days. Championed by the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC)through the National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT), the exercise begun (...)

Posted on : 8/06/2016

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More than 400 turn up for the 8th AFSBT congress

The ongoing Biennial congress of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) has seen a high turn up with more than 400 participants from all over the world. Slated from 31, May to 03,June,2016, Rwanda hosts the 8th Biennial congress for the first time, after South Africa, Tunisia, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius and (...)

Posted on : 1er/06/2016

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NCDs week campaign kicked off in Kigali.

In partnership with the World Health Organization, Rwanda is celebrating the World Health Day with a remarkable emphasis on Non-Communicable Diseases. While this year the WHO commits to increase specific awareness on diabetes, the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Health/RBC has launched a week long campaign to (...)

Posted on : 23/05/2016

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24/7 Condom kiosks opened in Kigali

In the line with the 2013-2018 National HIV Strategic Plan goal of attaining the reduction of new HIV infections by sexual transmission, the Ministry of Health through the RBC has launched the first 24/7 condom distribution kiosks in Kigali. Branded kiosks were strategically placed in four HIV high-risk area around Kigali (...)

Posted on : 23/05/2016

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Rwanda joins Global Health Security Agenda

Musanze May 19, 2016 – A three-day workshop brought together multi-sectoral professionals to assess where Rwanda is standing on issues that help attaining a world safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases. The purpose of the workshop is summed up in a vision line of a program dubbed the Global (...)

Posted on : 19/05/2016

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Drones to deliver blood and supplies.

Kigali May 13, 2016 – In partnership with Zipline Inc., a California-based robotics company, the Government of Rwanda has announced, in a press conference, details of on-demand deliveries of medical saving products like blood products using drones. “Blood products are always emergency products, and they must be quickly (...)

Posted on : 13/05/2016

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Government and Private Sector discuss health financing in Rwanda

Kigali, Mille Collines Hotel, May 13, 2016 – In the sidelines of the just concluded World Economic Forum, the Government of Rwanda Private Sector and the Global fund met to discuss the future of health financing in Rwanda. Early in her opening remarks, Minister of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho revealed, that better systems and (...)

Posted on : 13/05/2016

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Rwanda registers significant decrease in child mortality rates

The Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey 2015 marked the leap that Rwanda has made to considerably improving health services delivery. With more than 91% of birth in a health facility, 99% of recommended breastfeeding practices and 93% of vaccination rate among children aged between 12 and 23 months, Rwanda is among places (...)

Posted on : 9/05/2016

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RBC awards best employee during Labour Day Celebrations.

During the celebration of International Labour Day, RBC management urged all staff to value four ingredients that make work a pleasing experience : Tolerance, Respect, Mutual understanding and Love. “We are not required a deep emotional attachment, but if we want to easily achieve our goals, a bit of friendship will fuel us (...)

Posted on : 3/05/2016

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Gatsibo hopes highly in the first-time IRS exercise

Gatsibo residents hope the just inaugurated Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise will significantly reduce on the malaria burden in the district. The IRS exercise is being conducted for the first time ever, in Gatsibo. Launched on the 19th, April, 2016 in Nyagihanga Sector, the exercise will see all structures in (...)

Posted on : 22/04/2016

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PUBLIC NOTICE ; Yellow Fever Prevention Measures

the Government of Rwanda requires proof of yellow fever vaccination for all travellers except infants Click here to download Yellow Fever Prevention Measures

Posted on : 6/04/2016

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Rwanda is not a Yellow Fever high risk country

Click here to view the map declassifying Rwanda as YF high risk country

Posted on : 6/04/2016

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Iwawa Rehabilitation Center students donate blood to save lives

A Mass mobilization by National Center for Blood Transfusion (NCBT) under Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC),saw over 900 students from Iwawa Rehabilitation and Vocational Skills center donate at least 163 blood units, recently. The day’s exercise saw NCBT and RBC sensitise over 1920 students and staff at the school about the (...)

Posted on : 6/04/2016

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Rwanda last yellow fever case dates back to colonial times

Rwanda Ministry of Health has reassured Rwandans on safety against yellow fever if they adhere the set preventive measures, against the deadly disease. Addressing the media on Thursday, Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho said the last case of yellow fever in Rwanda, dates back to colonial days, though the Ministry of (...)

Posted on : 5/04/2016

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2016 Health Financing Conference is timely ; Experts

Experts have commended the ongoing Health Financing Conference as timely and a key planning element towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Inaugurated today in Nyamata, Eastern Rwanda, from 29th to 31st March, the 2016 Health Financing conference attracted over 150 global experts to discuss the desired (...)

Posted on : 30/03/2016

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Rwanda puts in place prevention measures against yellow fever

Click here to read the prevention measures against Yellow Fever

Posted on : 24/03/2016

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Rwandan Dentists in drive to guarantee oral health for children with mental disabilities

Rwandan Dentists are in a drive to offer the much needed oral health services to children with disabilities. The Rwanda Dentists Association, affirmed at their 2nd International Oral Health conference, that children with disabilities needed extra work in regard with treating and preventing oral diseases amongst them. “It’s (...)

Posted on : 23/03/2016

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The 5th African Network on Influenza kicks off in Rwanda

More than 150 global health experts are gathering for the 5th African Network for Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE) meeting, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda. The 3 day convening which begun on 9th March 2016, aims to encourage influenza research in Africa, bolster local access to vaccines, and sharing (...)

Posted on : 10/03/2016

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Ministry of health showcases health service delivery through media tour

Rwanda Ministry of health has launched an annual media tour to showcase health service delivery right from the community, health centers, District Hospitals to referral Hospitals. The tour will see 22 journalists from 20 profound local media houses make countrywide field visits to different health facilities and getting (...)

Posted on : 26/02/2016

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Seven districts get free treated bednets as malaria fight intensifies

Residents of Ruhango district were treated to relief when they received the first batch of the awaited Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN), on January 28, 2016. ``We will not misuse these mosquito nets for different purposes, opposite to preventing malaria,``said a a random resident, after receiving his bednet at Gitwe (...)

Posted on : 3/02/2016

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A countrywide campaign to roll back Malaria launched

Burera, January 30, 2016 – In the community work Umuganda, the Minister of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho and the Governor Mr Aime Bosenibamwe joined population of Butaro sector, to carry out activities related to hygiene and sanitation and to launch a campaign dubbed Zero Tolerance of Deaths due to Malaria. Hundreds of (...)

Posted on : 2/02/2016

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A campaign to fight against malaria launched

Since 2012 malaria cases have been going up in Eastern and Southern Africa. In Rwanda, from 2012 until now cases have multiplied by almost four, moving from 514,000 cases in 2012 to more than 1,9 Million now. Climate anormalies and increase of water bodies are the main reasons of the vector intensification. In a battle (...)

Posted on : 26/01/2016

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Uburyo bukomatanyije bwo kwirinda malaria

Mu rwego rwo guhashya malariya ikomeje kwiyongera mu gihugu cyacu , Minisiteri y’Ubuzima ibinyujije mu kigo cyayo cy’Ubuzima (RBC), irashishikariza abaturage bose kurandura Malariya hakoreshejwe uburyo bukomatanyije bwo kuyirinda bukubiye mu ngamba zikurikira : 1. Kuryama buri joro mu nzitiramibu ikoranye umuti ku bagize (...)

Posted on : 22/01/2016

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Lifesaving Soya Milk, an initiative from 1000 days campaign

Drocella Murebwayire, hails from Gahara Sector, Kirehe district, East of Rwanda. She would be an ordinary village 34 year old, except that she has something to brag about ; Extremely healthy children who come home with great grades each term. Murebwayire partly owes her 3 children’s health to soya bean milk, yet another (...)

Posted on : 22/12/2015

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HIV testing should be part of the outreach package ; Rusizi residents request

Rusizi residents have expressed the urgent need to test for the HIV virus, during the countrywide ongoing outreach campaigns on HIV/AIDS and PMTCT. “There should be immediate testing as part of the outreach campaigns, when the HIV lessons are still fresh in our minds,” says Hesron Kwizera, from Nyakabuye village, Rusizi (...)

Posted on : 22/12/2015

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5000 plus turn up for HIV/PMTCT lessons

Mahembe village in Mugonero Sector of Nyamasheke district, Western Rwanda experienced the biggest turn up in the recent HIV outreach campaigns. While throughout the week, the number of locals showing up at different local markets to listen and ask about HIV/AIDS, Prevention of Mother to Child transmission PMTCT, malaria (...)

Posted on : 22/12/2015

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Ngororero curious on PMTCT

The community outreach on HIV/AIDS, educating local residents on the virus and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission registered a high turn up in Rusumo cell, Gatumba Sector, Ngororero district. With the aid of high pitched microphones and promotional materials, including caps, umbrellas, Tshirts, among others, Rwanda (...)

Posted on : 9/12/2015

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Nutrition activity translates into cash cow, for Kamonyi residents

Jeanette Ugiriwabo, from Rwabayanga Sector, in Kamonyi district is no ordinary woman. Save for the fact that her and her 9 months daughter recovered from malnutrition, Ugiriwabo moved from a malnourished woman, weighing 32 kilos to a business woman, selling fruits and vegetables. She also owns two goats and is a part of a (...)

Posted on : 9/12/2015

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1000 days practices combat children malnutrition in Muhanga

In hilly Nyabinoni Sector, Muhanga District, 8 months ago, RachealNakabonye, carried her extremely ill daughter. What had started as night discomfort ended up in excessive loss of weight, redness and breathlessness. Her once happy daughter was an unhealthy tiny baby, with extremely white eyes and could not play at all. “She (...)

Posted on : 9/12/2015

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Rwanda marks World Aids Day with remarkable improvement in voluntary testing

Over 3 million Rwandans turn up annually for voluntary HIV/AIDS testing, Rwanda Ministry of Health has highlighted. “The number of adults turning up for voluntary testing and counseling has improved though we still face a challenge in the number of children and adolescents turning up for HIV (...)

Posted on : 9/12/2015

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The Rwanda Midwife gap could be addressed by new $43 million scheme

A new maternal and child survival programme will complement Rwanda ministry of Health’s initiative to improve the quality and quantity of midwives countrywide. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently launched the scheme worth $43 million equivalent to Rwf 32 billion, with the chore aim of (...)

Posted on : 20/11/2015

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A week set-apart for mother Child health

Maternal, child health campaigns, account for reduced maternal/infant mortality in Rwanda Health experts affirm that annual maternal, child health campaigns account for remarkably reduced maternal, child mortality in Rwanda and have aided the country to achieve MDGs and of recent DHS. The national campaigns are (...)

Posted on : 6/11/2015

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WHO commends Rwanda, for improved malaria data collection

World Health Organization WHO Official Khoti Gausi, has commended Rwanda’s improved data collection, especially in the field of malaria incidences. “The Rwandan government has done a great job in collecting and keeping appropriate data,” said Khoti Gausi, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Surveillance Advisor , WHO Inter-Country (...)

Posted on : 23/09/2015

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Pediatricians move to sensitize communities on immunization

Pediatricians move to sensitize communities on immunization A pediatrician two day convening purposes to erase infant mortality, through sensitizing the Rwandan population to prioritize vaccination as a remedy for preventable diseases. “For the past six years, Rwanda has enrolled different vaccines to ensure infants’ (...)

Posted on : 17/09/2015

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Ministry of health sprays malaria prone districts, ahead of the rainy season

Ministry of health sprays malaria prone districts, ahead of the rainy season Rwanda Ministry of Health has confirmed their intention to conduct an Indoor Resident Spraying IRS exercise, in four districts with a high malaria burden, ahead of the rainy season. “Rain in itself does not cause malaria though it increases both (...)

Posted on : 10/09/2015

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No pending surgery cases countrywide ; CHUK special outreach program affirms

No pending surgery cases countrywide ; CHUK special outreach program affirms Over 1556 major neural and plastic surgeries have been successfully done by The University teaching hospital of Kigali CHUK, during a 3 month intensive surgical outreach program. Additionally, 618 minor surgeries were conducted, hiking the (...)

Posted on : 10/09/2015

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Exclusive Breastfeeding is mandatory for healthy babies ; Rwandans are reminded

Gicumbi, Tuesday, 25th August 2015 – The Ministry of health has moved to emphasize breastfeeding and improve babies’ health through the just launched Breastfeeding week, in Rutare sector, Gicumbi District. Breastfeeding week is internationally celebrated, annually in the first week of August, though Rwanda transferred the (...)

Posted on : 2/09/2015

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RED amazed by Rwanda’s strides to contain HIV/AIDS

RED amazed by Rwanda’s strides to contain HIV/AIDSKigali – Tuesday 25th August 2015- A delegation from RED an organization founded in 2006 to fight AIDS, have visited the Kigali Central University Teaching hospital commonly known as CHUK and have been moved by the steps Rwanda took to contain and prevent HIV/AIDS as well as (...)

Posted on : 26/08/2015

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Breastfeeding and balanced diet among Rwandans

Media could be an asset to enhance breastfeeding and balanced diet among Rwandans Rwanda government through cluster ministries and nutrition partners has brought aboard different media practitioners to spearhead an awareness campaign on breastfeeding and a balanced diet. Over 30 journalists have trained on exclusive (...)

Posted on : 14/08/2015

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Rwanda registers a 78% decline in AIDS related deaths

Rwanda has registered a 78% decline in AIDS related deaths over the past 10 years. A two day science workshop in Kigali that showcased HIV key findings and discussed new recommendations towards fighting the virus, affirmed that between 2004 and 2014, deaths related to fully blown AIDS declined while Rwanda maintained 3% (...)

Posted on : 11/08/2015

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MoH launched an IT solution to manage patients’ data

Gahini, July 29, 2015 – MoH has launched OpenMRS a national electronic medical records system that will be used to collect, track and analyze patients’ data over time. The system was introduced and launched in response to Rwanda’s growing need for patient data management and it has the capacity to track testing and treatment (...)

Posted on : 31/07/2015

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RBC to launch a campaign against hepatitis

In the quest of raising awareness of hepatitis and urgently promoting access to its prevention services, the Ministry of health, through the Rwanda Biomedical Center, will launch a campaign against viral hepatitis infections. In line with the World Hepatitis Day marked every July 28, and which is themed “PREVENT HEPATITIS, (...)

Posted on : 24/07/2015

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WINNING THE BATTLE AGAINST DRUG ABUSE REQUIRES EVERYBODY’S EFFORT.

According to a survey conducted by the ministry of youth and ICT in partnership with the school of public health KHI, drug abuse remains a public issue increasingly affecting people’s lives. Youth, being at high risk compared to other categories of people, the survey showed that over 52% of young people between the age of (...)

Posted on : 10/07/2015

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RBC acquires apheresis machines

Rwanda is now the fifth sub-Saharan country where apheresis technology is available and used for purposes of blood donation. The two apheresis machines were officially launched by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, during celebrations to mark the World Blood Donor Day celebrated every (...)

Posted on : 17/06/2015

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MoH continues to rally for behavior change

Nyaruguru, May 28, 2015 – The Ministry of Health through the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) has completed a 2-weeks outreach campaign aimed at increasing knowledge on maternal and infant nutrition practices during the first 1000 days of a child’s life. The campaign was conducted in 10 districts and is part of a series of (...)

Posted on : 9/06/2015

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Kicukiro gets new health post

Kicukiro - Thursday May 07, 2015, The Minister of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho, together with the Minister of Defense General James Kabarebe, inaugurated Kagarama health post in Kicukiro district. This health post is among the five that were inaugurated in Kicukiro, Kirehe, Burera, Rusizi, and Nyaruguru districts. In total (...)

Posted on : 12/05/2015

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Journalists acquire skills on health reporting

Huye - The Ministry of Health through the Rwanda Biomedical Center concluded a 2 days training for 30 journalists from different media outlets. The training aimed at equipping journalists with skills on health reporting and dissemination of information on disease prevention. The training was conducted at hotel Credo in Huye (...)

Posted on : 12/05/2015

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MoH takes Social and Behaviour Change Communication campaigns to Eastern Province

MoH takes Social and Behaviour Change Communication campaigns to Eastern Province After doing a tour of the Western, Southern and Northern Provinces, the Ministry of Health has moved on to conduct Social and Behaviour Change Communication campaigns aimed at creating awareness and sensitizing the population different health (...)

Posted on : 29/04/2015

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MoH pays tribute to victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi

Kigali, 23rd April 2015 : Staff of the Ministry of Health, and Development Partners in the health sector yesterday paid tribute to those who perished during the Genocide against the Tutsi. Commemoration activities included a visit to Nyanza Kicukiro memorial site and a walk to remember from Integrated Polytechnic Regional (...)

Posted on : 28/04/2015

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Turibuka Abahoze ari Abakozi ba Ministeri y’Ubuzima Bazize Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi Twiyubaka

Turibuka Abahoze ari Abakozi ba Ministeri y’Ubuzima Bazize Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi Twiyubaka

Posted on : 22/04/2015

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Ministry of Health intensifies campaign against Malaria

Ministry of Health intensifies campaign against Malaria Bugesera-Monday, 30th March 2015, Following an increase in malaria cases the Ministry of Health has intensified its campaigns against the spread of malaria. On 30th March 2015, the campaign was launched in all the 30 districts. The campaign aims at sensitizing the (...)

Posted on : 2/04/2015

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Minister Ndimubanzi hails Belgian Technical Cooperation

Minister Ndimubanzi hails Belgian Technical Cooperation Kigali-Tuesday, 31st March 2015, the state minister in the Ministry of Health Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi has hailed the cooperation between the Ministry of Health and the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC). The Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) supports the Ministry of (...)

Posted on : 2/04/2015

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Mother and Child health week

Mother and Child health week is an integrated package of preventive services known to be highly cost-effective for improving maternal, adolescent and child health and survival that are run in conjunction with routine services at health facilities. The campaign share several aspects with the “Reach Every Child and Mother” (...)

Posted on : 30/03/2015

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US based company to increase access to eye care

The Ministry of Health and One Sight a US based company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at increasing access to eye care across the country. According to the Minister of Health Dr.Agnes Binagwaho the partnership is a big step towards creating access to eye care services. One Sight will begin its operations (...)

Posted on : 18/03/2015

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Mareba health center gets new maternity wing

The Ministry of Health in partnership with the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) has officially handed over a new maternity wing to Mareba Health Center in Bugesera district. The mayor of Bugesera district Louis Rwagaju lauded the Ministry of Health and BTC for their continued support and urged the population neighboring (...)

Posted on : 18/03/2015

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Ministry of Health sensitizes students on drug abuse

The Ministry of Health through the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) has taken the campaign against drug abuse to secondary schools. Over 298 students of SOS children’s Village in Kagugu, Gasabo district were sensitized on the dangers of drug abuse. The sensitization sessions at SOS children’s Village were conducted by a team (...)

Posted on : 10/03/2015

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Ministry of Health staff donates to widows and orphans

Gasabo, 26/02/2015 : Staff from the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Center donated Frw 3.6 million to widows and orphans in Kamusare village, Rutunga Sector, Gasabo District. Most of the widows are survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi. According to Dr. Yvonne Kayiteshonga who represented the Ministry (...)

Posted on : 9/03/2015

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Ambassador Barks-Ruggles visits Rubavu hospital

The United States Ambassador to Rwanda Ms. Barks-Ruggles accompanied by the Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho visited Gisenyi Health Center and Rubavu district hospital to access programs and projects supported by PEPFAR and CDC. During her visit the ambassador visited the newly completed laboratory and Isange One (...)

Posted on : 9/03/2015

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Adopt a business -based approach- Binagwaho tells hospital directors

Rwinkwavu, February 13th, 2015. Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, and Minister of state in charge of Public Health and Primary Care, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, held a meeting with the Eastern Province Governor, mayors, vice mayors and district hospital directors at Rwinkwavu hospital last Friday. The meeting aimed at (...)

Posted on : 13/02/2015

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Minister Ndimubanzi visits Gihundwe and Kigeme hospitals

Minister Ndimubanzi visits Gihundwe and Kigeme hospitals Kigeme, January 31st, 2015 : Minister of State in Charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi called on health professionals to use available medical equipment especially in laboratories to provide quality care to the population. The (...)

Posted on : 6/02/2015

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The Prime Minister commends Bushenge Hospital for good service delivery

The Prime Minister commends Bushenge Hospital for good service delivery Bushenge, January 30th, 2015. The Right Hon. Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi accompanied by the State Minister State of Public Health and Primary Care, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi visited Bushenge hospital. The visit aimed at assessing the progress made by (...)

Posted on : 6/02/2015

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Nurses, midwives urged to deliver better health care

Kigali, January 28, 2015 : The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has appealed to nurses to serve as a link between doctors and patients to ensure provision of quality care, Dr. Binagwaho made this call during a two-day international conference organized by the University of Rwanda aimed at promoting nursing and (...)

Posted on : 29/01/2015

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Ministry of Health hands over 47 vehicles to hospitals

Kigali, January 20, 2015 : The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho yesterday handed over 47 vehicles to different referral, provincial and districts hospitals. The vehicles will be used by the hospitals to conduct supervision activities at health facility level. The vehicles were procured with financial support from the (...)

Posted on : 29/01/2015

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39 Physiotherapists acquire more skills

Kigali, January 27, 2015 : 39 Physiotherapists from different public and private health facilities across the country have completed a five days training on handling and assisting the disabled. At the closing of the training that took place in Kigali at Hotel Hilltop, 660 wheelchairs were donated to the disabled. The (...)

Posted on : 27/01/2015

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Ministry of Health conducts C4D training

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with UNICEF-Rwanda and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, conducted the Communication for Development (C4D) training for all the 30 M&E officers at district level. The training took place at La Palme Hotel, Musanze from January 12th -16th 2015. The training dubbed Strengthening M (...)

Posted on : 21/01/2015

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The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) has acquired a five-star status

The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) has acquired a five-star status of accreditation within the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network (EAPHLN) for its higher quality of diagnosis, efficiency in records management and state-of-the-art equipment. The National Reference Laboratory has achieved a score of 98.7 per (...)

Posted on : 15/12/2014

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Rwandan Telecommunication companies partner with AU in Ebola Solidarity Campaign

Kigali, Rwanda. December 9, 2014. Telecommunication companies in Rwanda and across Africa have united to partner with the African Union (AU) Commission to garner resources in support of Ebola affected countries in West Africa. The initiative, known as The Ebola Solidarity Campaign will use an SMS dedicated platform to raise (...)

Posted on : 12/12/2014

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First Lady Calls to Maintain Gains Made in Fighting HIV and AIDS

The First Lady Jeannette Kagame called upon all stakeholders to think of innovative ways to maintain the level of progress made in fighting HIV and AIDS, and to use scientific findings to save lives. The call was made during the closure of the 7thInternational HIV Research Conference. “Scientific advances and findings (...)

Posted on : 9/12/2014

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PRESS RELEASE –THE 2014 WORLD AIDS DAY IN " three one approach"

Kigali, December 1st, 2014 : To meet the theme of the World AIDS Days campaign which theme is the Role of media in early HIV treatment to reduce AIDS related morbidity and mortality, the Rwanda Biomedical Center will organize different events with local and international media to sensitize people to fight against HIV and (...)

Posted on : 2/12/2014

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Media to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS

Kigali, December 1st, 2014 : Today, Rwanda joined the world to mark the World AIDS Day. Rwanda takes this opportunity to increase knowledge among the Rwandan population on how HIV can be transmitted, available interventions for HIV prevention, care and treatment, and stigma reduction. This year’s national theme is, “Role of (...)

Posted on : 2/12/2014

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Nine nurses and one doctor suspended

Kabgayi, November 27, 2014. Nine nurses and one doctor were yesterday suspended due to failure to observe medical ethics and failure to perform their duties. The suspended health professionals were working with Kabgayi district hospital and health centers supervised by the hospital. "Any doctor or nurse who fails to (...)

Posted on : 28/11/2014

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Rwandans urged to go for screening and early treatment of NCDs

Early treatment and screening of some of the Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) increases the chances of survival and reduces the NCDs mortality rate, this was revealed by an official from the Ministry of Health while launching the NCDs week campaign in Ruhango district, Byimana Sector. According to Dr Theophile Dushime, the (...)

Posted on : 27/11/2014

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Rwanda Successfully Conducts Ebola Simulation Exercise

Kigali, 22 November 2014 As part of existing measures to protect Rwandans and visitors against emergency health outbreaks, Rwanda today successfully conducted an Ebola preparedness simulation exercise. The scenario aimed to assess the country’s readiness for a suspected case of Ebola and test the capabilities of national (...)

Posted on : 24/11/2014

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The 10 th international conference on Kangaroo Mother Care to ensure the survival of children

The 10 th international conference on Kangaroo Mother Care ended Wednesday November 19 in Kigali at Lemigo Hotel with a call to boost Kangaroo mother care (KMC). More than 200 participants of this conference organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Rwanda Paediatric Association called for a widely (...)

Posted on : 24/11/2014

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Over 230 receive cataract eye surgery

Musanze : Over 230 people with eye cataracts from across the country received free surgical operations to correct this problem. The surgeries were done by a visiting team of eye specialists in Ruhengeri Hospital, Musanze District. This life changing mission was organised by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with (...)

Posted on : 12/11/2014

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Liquid Telecom donates Rwf172m for Ebola prevention

Wednesday 5th November 2014 : Liquid Telecom Group has donated $250,000 (Rwf172 million) as support to the government’s Ebola preparedness and prevention measures. The donation was handed over to the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho at the Ministry’s headquarters yesterday. This move comes a few days (...)

Posted on : 6/11/2014

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2014 International HIV Research Conference : Call for Abstracts

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Posted on : 21/10/2014

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Breast Cancer and palliative care Awareness Month

“Early detection is a key for a successful treatment of Breast cancer”. “Together achieve the coverage of palliative care” Breast cancer is a significant public health problem in Rwanda. It is the most common cancer diagnosed for women at health facilities in Rwanda. In order to raise awareness among both community and (...)

Posted on : 14/10/2014

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Mother and Child Week launched in Musanze

9th October 2014 : The Minister of State in the Ministry of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi on Tuesday launched the Mother and Child Week in Musanze district. The week will run from 07 to 09 0ctober 2014 and aims at reaching children under 15 years, pregnant women, lactating (...)

Posted on : 9/10/2014

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State Minister commends Ruli Hospital services

Wednesday, 8th October 2014. The Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Care Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi has commended the Ruli hospital health workers for the specialized health services offered to the surrounding population. Honorable Ndimubanzi made these remarks during a ceremony that was organised to (...)

Posted on : 9/10/2014

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Provincial hospitals complete the first step towards accreditation

Rubavu, Wednesday October 8th, 2014 : Last Friday five hospitals were recognized for having officially completed the accreditation process for level 1 achievements during a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho in Rubavu district. The hospitals of Ruhengeri, Bushenge, Kibungo, Rwamagana (...)

Posted on : 8/10/2014

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NRL staff acquire lab practical skills

Kigali, 30th Sept 2014 : Rwanda Biomedical Center through the National Reference Laboratory last week held a four day training for 36 employees to help upgrade their skills in conducting, recording, analyzing and reporting clinical trials. The training dubbed "good clinical laboratory practice (GCLP) was done in two (...)

Posted on : 1er/10/2014

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PRESS RELEASE : Rwanda Remains Ebola free

Kigali, Sunday 28th September 2014 : The Ministry of Health would like to inform Rwandans and all visitors to Rwanda that Rwanda is Ebola free. The lab results of the patient who was reported in the media this past week were negative for the Ebola Virus Disease. The government has put in place measures aimed at protecting (...)

Posted on : 29/09/2014

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RBC survey reveals staff perceptions, gaps for improvement

Kigali, 26th September 2014 : The Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), an institution under the Ministry of Health has unveiled results of a survey that was done to identify the institution’s organizational weaknesses and strengths, establish a benchmark for future surveys and increase organizational communication for better (...)

Posted on : 27/09/2014

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Kigali, 25th September 2014 : The Rwanda...

Kigali, 25th September 2014 : The Rwanda Biomedical Center last week launched a campaign that aims at curbing road accidents and calling for early management of injuries. Under the theme, "Accidents are preventable, drive carefully and save lives," the campaign targets road users especially drivers, passengers and owners (...)

Posted on : 26/09/2014

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New vaccines to be introduced in Rwanda

Kigali, 22nd September, 2014 : A senior official from Gavi Alliance, Dr. Karan Singh Sagan announced last week that new vaccines are set to be introduced in Rwanda. The official made these remarks during his visit to Rwanda and stated that the vaccines will be for non-communicable diseases such as hepatitis B. The (...)

Posted on : 23/09/2014

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Find solutions to malaria, Minister calls

15th September 2014 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has called upon regional leaders in the malaria fight to find solutions to malaria instead of sharing experiences. She made these remarks while opening the Eastern Africa Roll Back Malaria Regional Network (EARN) that kicked off in Kigali. Honourable (...)

Posted on : 22/09/2014

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Kamonyi hailed for combating malnutrition

Kamonyi, 8th September 2014 : Health sector officials have commended residents of Kamonyi district for their unwavering efforts to combat malnutrition through use of key messages shared in the 1000 days campaign. Remarks about the progress were made during a community outreach that was conducted in Nyarubaka Sector to (...)

Posted on : 8/09/2014

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Malnutrition campaign with the media goes to districts

Gatsibo, 5th September 2014 : The Ministry of Health through the RBC/Rwanda Health Communication Centre is conducting a campaign against malnutrition across the country. The campaign known as the 1000 days campaign which was launched last year in October aims at increasing awareness on good nutrition practices for maternal (...)

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Malaria campaign moves to districts

Ngoma, 28th August 2014 : A national campaign against malaria has been launched to sensitize the population on key practices that will further curb malaria morbidity and mortality. The campaign launched in Ngoma district, Eastern province will move to other districts. During this period, the RBC/Malaria division uses (...)

Posted on : 4/09/2014

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US medics participate in Umuganda

Kigali, 30th August 2014 : A visiting team of health specialists from the US joined Rwandans to participate in the monthly communal exercise commonly known as Umuganda. The team of 65 members of the medical faculty from 23 famous American schools of medicine and nursing will be paired with their Rwandan counterparts to (...)

Posted on : 4/09/2014

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Instruction on strengthening prevention measures against Ebola

1. Revised Instruction on strengthening prevention measures RCAA 2. Revised Instruction on strengthening prevention measures I&E

Posted on : 31/08/2014

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Ministerial instructions for Ebola prevention

Please click on the links below to download the Ministerial instructions for Ebola prevention 1. Instruction on entry restrictions (Air)- Ebola-1 2. Instruction to cross border road trasport-Ebola-1 3. Instruction on expenses for management-1

Posted on : 28/08/2014

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PRESS RELEASE : Rwanda on alert as DR Congo confirms Ebola

Please click on the link below to download the recent press release about Ebola Rwanda on alert as DR Congo confirms Ebola

Posted on : 25/08/2014

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Rotary surgeons perform operations at CHUK

Kigali, Friday 22nd August, 2014 : Expert surgeons and doctors from India last week performed surgeries in CHUK in the framework of collaboration between Rotary India and Rotary Rwanda cooperation. This was the third mission of the team during which about 300 patients underwent orthopedic and maxillofacial operations (...)

Posted on : 22/08/2014

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Minister calls for more reliable health data

Thursday 14th August 2014 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho together with a team from the Ministry’s headquarters visited Gicumbi district, Northern Province and Karongi district in the Western Province to hold talks with Directors of hospitals and local government authorities about proper reporting on health. (...)

Posted on : 22/08/2014

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Communication key in Ebola prevention - Minister

Kigali, Wednesday August 13, 2014. The Minister of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho visited King Faisal Hospital to check on the patient who was recently reported as a suspected case for Ebola in Rwanda - but later tested negative. During the visit, Honorable Binagwaho noted that previous reports that were made to the public (by (...)

Posted on : 22/08/2014

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PRESS RELEASE : Ebola suspected case has tested negative

Kigali, Tuesday 12th August 2014 : Following previous reports of a patient who was identified in Rwanda with Ebola like symptoms, the Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that results from the samples that were taken from the patient for Ebola tests are negative. The tests were done at an internationally (...)

Posted on : 12/08/2014

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PRESS RELEASE : Ebola suspected case now improving

Kigali, Monday 11th August 2014 : Following yesterday’s report of a patient who was identified in Rwanda with Ebola like symptoms, the Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that the patient’s condition is improving. As we await for the results from the samples that were taken for tests, we would like to assure (...)

Posted on : 12/08/2014

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Posted on : 8/08/2014

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Rwanda Biomedical Center

Kigali, 2nd August 2014 : The Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and the Minister of Infrastructure, Honorable James Musoni together with other top officials at the Kigali International Airport have visited the recently established airport clinic. The aim is to assess the way medics are conducting (...)

Posted on : 5/08/2014

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Ebola Preparedness

Question & Answer The current Ebola outbreak is centered on three countries in West Africa : Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone. What is Ebola ? Ebola virus is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include : fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of (...)

Posted on : 5/08/2014

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Dr. Anita hands over to new State Minister

Kigali, 26th July 2014 : The former State Minister for Public Health and Primary Health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe has handed over to new State Minister, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi. Dr. Ndimubanzi replaces Dr. Anita who has been in this position since February last (...)

Posted on : 30/07/2014

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Health Minister gives away motorcycles to Ruhengeri hospital

Musanze, 17th July 2014 : The Minister of Health, Honorable Agnes Binagwaho has given away 80 motorcycles to Ruhengeri hospital in Musanze district. These motorcycles will be distributed in 6 districts which are Nyabihu, Burera, Ngororero, Musanze Nyagatare and Gisagara. They will be utilised to implement the pilot phase (...)

Posted on : 30/07/2014

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EAC holds conference on social health protection

Kigali, 7th July 2014 : Delegates from the East African Community partner states convened in Kigali to discuss the validation of the draft report of the situational analysis and feasibility study of options for harmonization of social health protection systems towards universal health coverage in East Africa. Opening this (...)

Posted on : 10/07/2014

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Thousands receive mosquito nets in Rusizi

Rusizi, 30th, June, 2014 : As part of the on going army week activities, the Ministry of Health through RBC and the Rwanda Defence Forces distributed 157.000 mosquito nets to 80.611 households in Rusizi district, Mururu sector, Kabasigirira cell. A delegation of RBC staff led by the Head of Malaria Division, Dr. Corine (...)

Posted on : 8/07/2014

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Health sector staff hold discussions on liberation

2nd July 2014 : All staff of the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre last Friday held discussions to draw lessons from the country’s liberation struggle and what must be done to advance the Ndi Umunyarwanda initiative. The meeting was moderated by Honorable Edouard Bamporiki who gave a history of the events (...)

Posted on : 8/07/2014

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MoH, Unicef sensitise population on nutrition using World Cup

29th, June, 2014 : The Ministry of Health together with Unicef Rwanda are conducting the 1000 days campaign community outreach through World Cup in villages across the country. The campaign was taken to Kiziba camp. The 1000 days campaign aims at increasing awareness on what must be done to prevent malnutrition and (...)

Posted on : 8/07/2014

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Rwanda marks international day against drug abuse

Rubavu, 26th, June, 2014 : Rwanda has launched an anti-drug abuse and illicit trafficking national campaign at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu district. This was done at the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking which is celebrated on 26th June every year. While giving remarks, the (...)

Posted on : 8/07/2014

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Minister Binagwaho awards village heads with phones

Gicumbi, 20th June 2014 : On day five of the Rwanda Health Media Tour, the Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho joined the 20 journalists on a tour to Byumba hospital. During the visit, the Honorable Minister awarded ten heads of villages in Gicumbi with mobile phones in appreciation of their consistent efforts to (...)

Posted on : 3/07/2014

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Kiziguro Hospital to set up modern health complex

21st June 2014. On the last day of the media tour, the 20 journalists met up with the Director of Kiziguro Hospital, Dr. Diocles Mukama. The official explained that the facility has a big vision of emerging from an old inadequate catholic missionary’s health post to a state of the art modern hospital. A big part of (...)

Posted on : 3/07/2014

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State Minister for Health lays foundation stone for health post in Karongi

Karongi, 17th June 2014 : The State Minister in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe laid a foundation stone for the construction of a health post in Gishyita sector, Karongi district. This is in line with the on going army week activities that aim at advancing the country’s development through (...)

Posted on : 26/06/2014

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The Health Minister lays foundation stone for health post in Nyagatare

Nyagatare, 17th June 2014 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho laid a foundation stone for the construction of a health post in Rwempasha sector, Nyagatare district. Honorable Binagwaho said that this health post will be built during the Army week commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country’s liberation. (...)

Posted on : 26/06/2014

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Rwanda hailed for good use of Health Information Systems

Rubavu, 2nd June 2014 : Rwanda has been hailed for its outstanding progress in using health information systems to capture health data that supports informed decision making resulting into access to quality care. The remarks were made by visiting professionals who are currently attending a two week training on how to use (...)

Posted on : 5/06/2014

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Minister Binagwaho launches DHIS 2 Academy East Africa

Rubavu, 28th May 2014 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has launched a two week Academy dubbed DHIS2. The academy aims at strengthening national and regional capacity to successfully set up, design, and maintain the DHIS 2 Software ; an open-source, web-enabled tool that will allow users to efficiently manage (...)

Posted on : 1er/06/2014

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State Minister for Health opens kidney disease symposium

Kigali, 23rd May 2014 : The State Minister of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe has opened a high level Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) conference that aims to raise the awareness about renal diseases and management of patients’ with this problem in Rwanda. The symposium brought (...)

Posted on : 28/05/2014

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More health workers acquire skills to perform Prepex

Rwamagana 23rd May 2014 : With the aim of increasing the number of medical doctors and nurses who can circumcise using the new circumcision method (prepex), the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) organised a workshop that took place at Rwamagana hospital, Eastern Province. Eight people (4 medical doctors and 4 nurses) from (...)

Posted on : 26/05/2014

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Butaro Hospital commended for cancer treatment progress

Burera, 21st May 2014 : A delegation of US Embassy officials in Kigali led by the Deputy Chief of Mission Jessye Lapenn together with the State Minister of Health in charge of public health and primary health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe visited the cancer care centre in Butaro Hospital, Burera District to assess progress since (...)

Posted on : 26/05/2014

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Health Sector acquires 24,000 cubic metre warehouse

Masoro, May 2014 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho officially launched a 24,000 cubic metre warehouse in the Kigali Free Trade Zone in Masoro. The keys of the facility were handed over by the contractors to the Honorable Minister of Health and the Director General of the Rwanda Biomedical Center, Dr. Marc (...)

Posted on : 26/05/2014

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State Minister for Health calls for better service delivery in health facilities

Nyagatare May 2014 : The State Minister in charge of Public Health and Primary Health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe has called on Hospital Directors to improve service delivery in their respective facilities. Honorable Asiimwe made these remarks at a meeting that brought together Directors of District hospitals from across the (...)

Posted on : 26/05/2014

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MoH, Unicef assess implementation progress of 1000 Days campaign

15th April 2014 : Over the past ten days, officials from the Ministry of Health together with Unicef Rwanda staff have been moving across various districts countrywide to assess implementation progress and offer more advice in relation to the 1000 Days campaign against malnutrition. The campaign was launched last year by (...)

Posted on : 19/05/2014

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ISPG Gitwe, Kinazi hospital to foster teaching partnership

14th May 2014 : The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho last week met top managers of ISPG (Gitwe institute of higher education) at Kinazi Hospital, Ruhango district to discuss a memorandum of understanding that will soon be signed between the Health ministry, Education ministry, Ruhango district and this institute to (...)

Posted on : 19/05/2014

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HIV Writing Retreat Recap, Advancing research in Rwanda

7th May, 2014 – Rwanda : The Ministry of Health (MOH) kick-started a new type of professional development event - the writing retreat - in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza District on April 25th and 26th. During this two-day affair, Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) staff took a break from (...)

Posted on : 15/05/2014

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The State Minister of health commends Muhororo hospitals for good service delivery

Ngororero, April 30, 2014 : The State Minister in charge of Public Health and Primary Health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe commended Muhororo hospitals for good service delivery. The Honorable made these comments during her visit to Muhororo and Kabgayi hospitals to assess progress made by both hospitals in service delivery. At (...)

Posted on : 12/05/2014

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NRL Information System to offer improved service utilization

Musanze, April 2014 : Senior managers and Laboratory specialists of the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) held a workshop to improve Laboratory Information System (LIS) in Musanze District. This workshop aimed at addressing the challenges in utilization of LIS and how they can be overcome. Laboratory Information System (...)

Posted on : 12/05/2014

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Health sector holds 20th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

Kigali, 24th April 2014 : All staff of the health sector today convened at the Ministry of health headquarters in Kicukiro to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi for the 20th year. The event started with a march from IPRS (former ETO Kicukiro) to the Ministry of Health Headquarters after which the evening (...)

Posted on : 25/04/2014

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Health Sector Officials visit Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Thursday April 24, 2014 : Top officials from the Ministry of health and the Rwanda Biomedical Center led by the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and the Minister of State in charge of public health and primary health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe yesterday visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre to pay (...)

Posted on : 25/04/2014

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World Malaria Day, 25 April 2014

Invest in the future. Defeat malaria Kigali, 25th April 2014 : Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42% globally and 49% in Africa. Rwanda has achieved significant reductions in the burden of malaria over the last ten (...)

Posted on : 25/04/2014

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Patients get free treatment at CHUK

April 16, 2014 : A total of 35 teenagers and young adults facing urinary incontinence on Saturday received free surgery, courtesy of a group of five doctors from Saudi Arabia working under a team known as Physicians across Continents (PAC), in partnership with Good Windows (NGO). About $13m was set aside for the week-long (...)

Posted on : 25/04/2014

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Ebola outbreak in Guinea Conakry concerns Rwanda despite the disease being far away of its borders

Following reported outbreak of the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Virus West Africa’s countries of Guinea Conakry and Liberia, the Government of Rwanda has put in place stringent measures that will ensure the safety of Rwandans from this deadly virus though the disease is far from borders. The Ministry of Health put in place (...)

Posted on : 21/04/2014

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RBC gets new Principle Deputy Director General

Thursday, 3rd April 2014 : The Rwanda Biomedical Centre has acquired a new Principle Deputy Director General, James Kamanzi. Kamanzi replaces Andrew Makaka who officially handed over on Wednesday at the RBC headquarters in Remera. During his remarks, Andrew Makaka thanked the RBC staff for the support they rendered during (...)

Posted on : 8/04/2014

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Rwanda celebrates World TB Day with a call to strengthen sensitisation

Nyanza, 24th March 2014 : Rwanda joined the World today to mark the World Tuberculosis Day in Nyanza, District, Southern Province. The high level event that attracted thousands from across the country was officiated by the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho. While giving remarks, leaders highlighted (...)

Posted on : 31/03/2014

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MoH launches Electronic Logistics Management Information System

Musanze, 21st March 2014 : The State Minister of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe has launched the Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS) that will enhance provision of accurate data on health commodity logistics in the supply chain. With the new system in (...)

Posted on : 31/03/2014

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Health Minister addresses Global Health students

Rwinkwavu, 19th March 2014 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho today, addressed students attending the Global Health Delivery field course at the Center for Training and Operational Research in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza district. Over 30 students and faculty from Rwanda and the United States gathered to attend the (...)

Posted on : 24/03/2014

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Mother & Child Health Week launched in Gisagara district

Thursday 13th March 2013 : The Ministry of Health on Tuesday launched the Mother and Child Health week in Gisagara district. The high level event which aims at promoting maternal and child health was officially launched by the Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe. While (...)

Posted on : 15/03/2014

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Fistula campaign draws thousands

Kigali, 12th March 2014 : The Ministry of Health (MoH), through the support of the United States Agency for Development’s Rwanda Family Health Project launched the “Obstetric Fistula Prevention and Repair Awareness Campaign” last month to help create awareness about fistula so that affected women can seek treatment. The (...)

Posted on : 13/03/2014

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Rwanda National Reference Laboratory urged to embrace changes

Kigali, March 5th 2014 : Health Minister, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, last week visited the National Reference Laboratory to assess needs and challenges faced by the management so as to draw ways of improvement. Considering that the number of referral hospitals is set to increase from two to five, the visit by the Honorable (...)

Posted on : 13/03/2014

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State Minister calls for improved hygiene in health facilities

Rutsiro, 6th March 2014 : The Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe has called for improved hygiene and sanitation in health facilities citing that it is a sure way of reducing the disease burden caused by poor hygiene. She also noted that it is unacceptable for a medical (...)

Posted on : 13/03/2014

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Motorcycles to facilitate hygiene and sanitation activities in health facilities

Kigali, March 6th 2014 : Environmental health officers in 42 district hospitals and two health sectors last week received motorcycles which will facilitate in the supervision of water, hygiene and sanitation activities. In total, 44 motorcycles were distributed by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World (...)

Posted on : 6/03/2014

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Hospital Directors, lab managers discuss service delivery improvement

March 3rd 2014 : Directors and laboratory managers from district hospitals across the country last month met in a workshop to develop solutions to gaps identified during the recent survey of service delivery within the laboratory network. The specific objectives consisted, sharing information regarding the current status of (...)

Posted on : 4/03/2014

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US Congress delegation visits Rwanda

Kigali, March 3rd 2014 : A joint team of US Congress staff and Global Health made a three day study tour to Rwanda to see firsthand the impact of USG-funded health system strengthening efforts and how investments are implemented on the field. The team visited Busanza Health center, Kicukiro District where they were briefed (...)

Posted on : 4/03/2014

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10 Years of Successful Partnership

REPUBLIC OF RWANDA MINISTRY OF HEALTH P O Box 84 KIGALI www.moh.gov.rw PRESS RELEASE : 10 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP February 11, 2014, Kigali Rwanda- Partnership between the Government of Rwanda and the Global Fund dates way back in 2003, the first two complementary projects (...)

Posted on : 11/02/2014

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Rwanda Pilots Innovative Financing Mechanism

REPUBLIC OF RWANDA MINISTRY OF HEALTH P O Box 84 KIGALI www.moh.gov.rw PRESS RELEASE : RWANDA PILOTS INNOVATIVE FINANCING MECHANISM February 11, 2014, Kigali Rwanda – The Government of Rwanda and the Global Fund are taking the lead on an innovative approach to health financing. The (...)

Posted on : 11/02/2014

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PS lauds Community based insurance schemes

Monday, 10th February 2014 : The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana last week commended the progress that the country has made as regards enrollment of citizens into community based insurance schemes adding that he has no doubt that the schemes will be sustainable. The official made these (...)

Posted on : 11/02/2014

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Health Monitoring and Evaluation Officers Receive Motorcycles

Kigali, February 4th 2014 : The Ministry of Health, with support from Belgium, has given out 30 motorcycles to its district monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officers to make transport easier. At the same occasion, Kinihira district hospital received an ambulance. Speaking at the event last Friday, Dr. Anita Asiimwe, (...)

Posted on : 4/02/2014

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Kibungo Hospital set to become a referral hospital

Ngoma, January 24, 2014. Kibungo Hospita in Ngoma District, Eastern Province is set to become a referral hospital. This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Hon. Agnes Binagwaho during her official visit to the hospital to assess the ongoing progress to prepare the facility for referral standards. Kibungo hospital (...)

Posted on : 30/01/2014

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RBC staff renew commitment to contribute to Agaciro Fund

Kigali, 15th January 2014 : The Rwanda Biomedical staff renewed their commitment to contribute to Agaciro Development Fund. Each individual will freely decide how much money he will give for this fund as agreed in a general staff meeting held at Hilltop hotel Wednesday last week. The Principal Deputy Director General of (...)

Posted on : 21/01/2014

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Rwanda launches hygiene campaign on Nkombo Island

Rusizi, Nkombo, January16, 2014 : The Ministry of Health has launched a six-month Domestic and Public hygiene campaign on Nkombo Island, Rusizi District. This was in line with celebrating the global hand washing day which is normally marked on October 15, and the World Toilet Day, marked on November19. The days were (...)

Posted on : 21/01/2014

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Ministry of Health retreat ends on a high

Gatsibo – Saturday 11th 2014, The two-day Ministry of Health retreat aimed at fostering the principles of owning a common vision and implementation of strategies that target financial sustainability in the health sector, ended on a high note, with members reaching a common stand agreeing to work together to attain set goals (...)

Posted on : 14/01/2014

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Nkombo residents fight poor hygiene

Rusizi, January 12th, 2014 : Residents of Nkombo island have risen to the challenge of fighting poor hygiene and sanitation in a bid to promote good health for all. This was revealed by Didace Mukeshimana, the Head of Nkombo Health Centre in Rusizi District. A team from the environmental health Desk in the Ministry of (...)

Posted on : 14/01/2014

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US Ambassador lauds Rwanda’s Malaria fight

Friday 20th December 2013 : The US Ambassador, Donald Koran has hailed Rwanda’s malaria fight citing that the impressive progress is a result of visionary leadership that focuses on the well being of the population. He made these remarks during his visit to Nayagatare Health centre together with the Minister of Health, (...)

Posted on : 20/12/2013

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Health Minister, Hospital Directors discuss ways of improving service delivery

Rusizi December 17, 2013. The Minister of health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and the Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe on Friday met District Hospital Directors and District pharmacists from across the country to address challenges faced as they endeavor to serve the population. (...)

Posted on : 17/12/2013

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NRL TOWARDS INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION

Thursday 12th December 2013 : In the framework of the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network project funded by the World Bank, a number of laboratories (7 labs in Tanzania and 6 labs in each of the remaining countries ie Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda) have been enrolled in the project and undergo an annual lab (...)

Posted on : 14/12/2013

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Kigali’s first mural : An innovation approach in the fight against AIDS

Thursday 12th December 2013 : The State Minister in charge of public and primary health care Dr Anita Asiimwe, recently launched a 16 meter mural painting that stands on the wall of the Rwanda Biomedical Center headquarters near Amahoro stadium. This mural, the first of its kind in Rwanda, is recognised as a tool of the (...)

Posted on : 14/12/2013

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66 new doctors deployed in district hospitals

Kigali, December 5, 2013 : The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has officially closed the internship period for medical doctors who have completed a one year internship in district hospitals. The ceremony was marked by awarding certificates of internship and deployment of 66 graduated doctors to various district (...)

Posted on : 10/12/2013

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State Minister calls for increased awareness on HIV

Kigali, December 1, 2013 : As the World marked the World AIDS Day today, the State Minister in charge of public and primary health care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe called for increased awareness of HIV. Rwanda marked the World Aids Day at Amahoro stadium under the theme : "The role of Leaders in the HIV Response in Rwanda". (...)

Posted on : 3/12/2013

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Rwanda Becomes the First Country to Launch Nationwide Scale-Up of Non-Surgical Adult Male Circumcision to Reduce HIV Infection

November 26, 2013 (Kigali) – The Rwandan Ministry of Health announced today a nationwide scale up of non-surgical adult male circumcision, as one of its strategies to reduce the risk of acquiring the HIV/AIDS infection. With support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, PEPFAR and One UN, the Ministry (...)

Posted on : 27/11/2013

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GF to channel funding through direct budget support

Funding by the Global Fund (GF) to the Government of Rwanda is shifting from the project funding model to direct budget support. Under this funding mechanism that is mainly result based financing, the GF funds will be managed by the general treasury in the Ministry of Finance. All payments and transfers to implementers (...)

Posted on : 27/11/2013

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Surgeons discuss management of cancer

Kigali November 15, 2013. The 6th AGM Annual Scientific a conference with the theme, “Addressing NCDs, the role of surgery in management of cancer,” has opened in Kigali. The conference organised by the Rwanda Surgical Society is held annually to discuss progress and findings from researches done in different hospitals. (...)

Posted on : 26/11/2013

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Health sector holds Ndi Umunyarwanda dialogue

Kigali, 15th November 2013 : The Health sector today held the Ndi Umunyarwanda dialogue which aims at fostering unity among all Rwandans. The Ndi Umunyarwanda initiative aims at helping Rwandans, especially the youth, openly talk about their history, repent, forgive, and heal. Speaking at the meeting which brought (...)

Posted on : 26/11/2013

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Press release : Human Resource for Health program

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Posted on : 21/11/2013

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RBC introduces radio program to increase awareness on HIV

Kigali, 12th November 2013 : The Rwanda Biomedical Centre has introduced a new program to increase awareness on availability of HIV services. The program that is on going on over five radio stations addresses main topics that help curb transmission of HIV hence lowering infections. So far two key topics have been aired. (...)

Posted on : 12/11/2013

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Minister Asiimwe elected as the vice chair of the Strategy Investment and Impact Committeee (SIIC) of the Global Fund Board

Kigali, 10th November 2013, Rwanda’s Minister of State for Public Health and Primary Health Care Dr. Anita Asiimwe was on 9th November 2013, elected as the vice chair of the Strategy Investment and Impact Committeee (SIIC) of the Global Fund Board as member from the implementers Bloc. Dr. Asiimwe, will be co chairing the (...)

Posted on : 11/11/2013

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The call for hygiene promotion continues

Kigali, 31st October, 2013 : With an aim of improving hygiene and sanitation, health officials have strengthened efforts to increase awareness on the importance of improved hygiene citing that it will help curb hygiene related diseases. During a Press Conference recently, the Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho called (...)

Posted on : 31/10/2013

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Four new health centers to increase access to health care

Kigali, 29th October 2013 : In the past few months, four new health centers have been set up in three districts of Kigali City and they aim at increasing access to health care. The health centers are located in Remera, Gasabo District, Gatenga in Kicukiro District, Kanyinya and Mageragere both in Nyarugenge District, (...)

Posted on : 29/10/2013

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Rwanda tops region in food security, accelerates efforts to curb malnutrition

Kigali, 25th October 2013 : Rwanda has emerged top in the East African Community as regards increasing food security. This was revealed by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Agnes Kalibata during a press conference that aimed at showcasing results of the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI). The Agriculture Minister hailed (...)

Posted on : 29/10/2013

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Rwanda celebrates 20 years of polio eradication

Kigali, 24th October 2013 : Rwanda has joined the world to celebrate the World Polio Day. This day is annually commemorated in remembrance of the birth of Jonas Salk, the leader of the team that invented the first polio vaccine in 1955. During the celebrations the Head of the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Division in RBC (...)

Posted on : 29/10/2013

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Minister hails King Faisal Hospital for good customer care

Kigali, 17th October 2013 : The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho made an official visit to King Faisal hospital in order to assess the progress made by the facility since its restructuring 9 months ago. Honorable Binagwaho visited the hospital and commended management for the improvement made especially in (...)

Posted on : 29/10/2013

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MPs roll out 1000 days campaign at district level

Kigali, Rwanda, 26 October 2013 – Members of Parliament have today rolled out the 1000 days campaign at district level during the monthly communal work - Umuganda. The unique campaign which aims at combating malnutrition across the country was officially launched in Gakenke district last month by the Rt. Hon. Prime (...)

Posted on : 28/10/2013

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Promote hygiene : Health Minister urges public

Kigali, 18th October 2013 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has called upon the public to promote good hygiene and sanitation to avoid preventable diseases. The Hon. Minister made this call during a press conference that was held yesterday at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kicukiro. While addressing (...)

Posted on : 18/10/2013

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WHO conference seeks to control tobacco use

Kigali, October 16, 2013 : The Ministry of Health and the WHO country office have organized a three day regional policy coordination workshop on tobacco control in Rwanda. During the conference, Rwanda was hailed for implementing the tobacco control law in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) framework. (...)

Posted on : 18/10/2013

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MoH bids farewell to Chinese medical team

Kigali, 16th October 2013 : The Ministry of Health yesterday bade farewell to the 15th Chinese Medical team and welcomed the 16th Medical team that will offer treatment to Rwandans in various health facilities across the country. While celebrating the Rwanda-China partnership, the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, His (...)

Posted on : 17/10/2013

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NRL launches online external quality assessment software

Kigali 14th October 2013 : The National Reference Laboratory (NRL) through Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL),an Internal Implementing Partner in Rwanda have launched an online External Quality Assessment (EQA) web based software. Participation in an External Quality Assessment is a requirement for (...)

Posted on : 15/10/2013

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Mental Health Days focuses on adult care

Kigali October10, 2013 : The Mental Health Division in the Rwanda Biomedical Centre held a press conference to brief the public about the celebration of the 2013 World Mental Health Day. Under the theme,“Mental health and older adults,” this year’s celebrations focus on adults as a big number that constitutes mental health (...)

Posted on : 14/10/2013

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Rwanda celebrates the World Sight Day

Kigali October 10, 2013 : The Ministry of health in collaboration with The Fred Hollows Foundation and Dr. Agarwal Eye Hospital celebrated the World Sight Day at Nyabugogo Car Park in Nyarugenge district. Drivers were given free eye checkups and those found with eye problems got free eye treatment, reading glasses and eye (...)

Posted on : 11/10/2013

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DG RBC commends divisions for good service delivery

The Director General of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), Dr. Marc Herant has commended the good service delivery of three divisions that he visited last week. Dr. Herant accompanied by the Principal Deputy Director of RBC, Andrew Makaka, visited three RBC divisions namely ; National Reference Laboratory (NRL), Medical (...)

Posted on : 11/10/2013

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Over 125 receive plastic surgery

Kigali October 8, 2013 : Over 125 victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have received plastic surgery in less than ten days. The surgeries were done by the visiting team of the Rotary Medical mission which comprises of Indians and a Nigerian. The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho today visited the CHUK (...)

Posted on : 9/10/2013

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Rotary Medical Team to deliver free surgeries

Kigali, 29th September 2013 : A team of 10 plastic surgeons has arrived in the country to perform free plastic surgeries on survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. Of those who arrived, nine are from India and one is from Nigeria. The team was recieved by officials from the Ministry of Health and members of (...)

Posted on : 30/09/2013

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PM launches unique campaign against malnutrition

Ruli, 28th Sept 2013 – The Right Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has launched a unique intervention dubbed “1,000 days campaign in the land of a 1,000 hills” to combat Malnutrition. The goal of the campaign is to improve the nutrition status of the vulnerable population - children under five years, (...)

Posted on : 30/09/2013

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MoH launches new vaccination campaign for children, adolescents

Nyanza, 24th September 2013 : The Ministry of Health has launched a vaccination campaign that targets children and adolescents throughout the country. The vaccination drive will see the ministry roll out the vaccination against cervical cancer and the provision of mebendazole to infants (aged between 1 and 15) to (...)

Posted on : 25/09/2013

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UN Foundation team lauds Rwanda’s health progress

Kigali 23rd September 2013 : A visiting team of observers from the UN Foundation has commended the success story of Rwanda’s health sector citing that there is so much to learn from. This was during a meeting that was held at the Ministry of Health headquarters where the team held discussions with the Health Minister, (...)

Posted on : 24/09/2013

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State Minister calls for consultative medical approach for interns

Kigali, 20th September 2013 : The Minister of State for Public and Primary Health Care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe has called upon young medical graduates to utilise their seniors and always consult so that more lives are saved. Dr. Asiimwe made these remarks at a ceremony held to deploy 134 medical graduates to district hospitals (...)

Posted on : 23/09/2013

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NRL introduces new tests for bacteria pathogens

Kigali, Thursday 19th 2013 : The National Reference laboratory has introduced new technology in testing for enteric bacteria pathogens in a bid to improve diagnostics. Last month employees of the laboratory participated in a two weeks training to acquire skills in use of the new molecular techniques known as ((Multiplex- (...)

Posted on : 19/09/2013

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MoH opens philosophy lab at School of Public Health

Kigali, 6th September 2013 : The Ministry of Health has inaugurated a PhD and Masters of Philosophy (MPHIL) Laboratory at the National University of Rwanda, School of Public Health. The facility worth seven million Rwandan francs was officially opened by the Minister of Health, Honorable Agnes Binagwaho together with the (...)

Posted on : 19/09/2013

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Hospitals share best practices

Burera, Thursday 12th September 2013 : Fourty Directors of Hospitals from across the country convened at Butaro Hospital in Burera District to learn and share information on how to improve health care delivery in their respective health facilities. The Minister of State for Public Health and primary health care, Dr Anita (...)

Posted on : 17/09/2013

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MoH conducts survey on HIV prevalence

Kigali, 9th September 2013 : Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), and the Ministry of Health (MoH), are carrying out the first national survey on, behavioral, clinical, and biologic indicator for HIV/Aids. The survey that kicked off in mid June has been so far conducted in two provinces that include the Western and Northern. (...)

Posted on : 9/09/2013

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MoH opens philosophy lab at School of Public Health

Kigali, 6th September 2013 : The Ministry of Health has inaugurated a PhD and Masters of Philosophy (MPHIL) Laboratory at the National University of Rwanda, School of Public Health. The facility worth seven million Rwandan francs was officially opened by the Minister of Health, Honorable Agnes Binagwaho together with the (...)

Posted on : 9/09/2013

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EAC partner states move to curb use of substandard drugs

Kigali, 6th September 2013 : East African Community partner states have embarked on a collective Medicines Regulatory Harmonization (EAC-MRH) programme which seeks is to improve access to safe, efficacious and quality medicines by the bloc’s citizenry. This will be through harmonising medicines regulation systems and (...)

Posted on : 6/09/2013

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Districts in sensitisation drive for health insurance subscription

Kigali. September 3, 2013. Districts across the country have devised different mechanisms in a bid to ensure 100 per cent subscription to communal health insurance, scheme commonly known as Mutuelle de Santé. Among the mechanisms adopted is the creation of communal associations known as ibimina, (Cooperatives) through (...)

Posted on : 3/09/2013

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Rwanda registers remarkable achievements in curbing cervical cancer

Kigali. September 3, 2013. Rwanda has registered remarkable achievements in curbing the rise in cervical cancer. This has been attained through comprehensive national cervical cancer prevention program including human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for girls and HPV testing for women. In 2011, the Ministry of Health (...)

Posted on : 3/09/2013

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Karongi mothers sensitized on breastfeeding

Karongi. August 30, 2013. Mothers have been advised to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months in a bid to help the children grow healthily. The call was made during the launch of a one-week breastfeeding campaign in Karongi. The campaign, spearheaded by Global Communities, an international NGO, with (...)

Posted on : 2/09/2013

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Antenatal care attendance improving

Kigali. August 29, 2013. Although antenatal services are offered for free in public hospitals and health centers, in the past pregnant women often did not make use of them mainly due to ignorance and carelessness. Pregnant women are advised to have at least four antenatal care (ANC) sessions. According to Dr Felix (...)

Posted on : 29/08/2013

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Insurance coverage at 92% outside the formal sector

Kigali, August 28, 2013. Rwanda has expanded health insurance coverage to people outside the formal sector, current coverage for people outside the formal sector is now at 92%, this was revealed by the Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho during the knowledge Synthesis Workshop that took place in Kigali from 26 to 28 (...)

Posted on : 28/08/2013

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150 physicians to benefit from the 2nd year of the HRH program

Kigali August 22 2013. 150 physicians from different specialties have been identified as beneficiaries of the 2nd year of the HRH program. This was revealed by the Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho who officially opened the beginning of the 2nd year of the HRH program. According to the coordinator of the HRH program (...)

Posted on : 25/08/2013

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Global Fund commends Rwanda on grant usage

Kigali. August 24, 2013. Senior officials from Global Fund have commended Rwanda on how it has used the grant allocated towards the campaign to fight HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis for the past three years. The officials, led by Mark Dybul, the Executive Director of Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, were (...)

Posted on : 23/08/2013

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Butaro Ambulatory Cancer Center inaugurated

Burera- August 21, 2013. In order to improve the quality of care and cancer treatment, the Butaro cancer center of excellence has been expanded with the addition of the Butaro Ambulatory Cancer Center (BACC). Located in Burera District, Northern Province the BACC will increase the outpatient treatment capacity of cancer (...)

Posted on : 21/08/2013

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Boat Ambulance worth USD 500.000 launched on Lake Kivu

Karongi-August 16, 2013. A boat Ambulance worth USD 500.000(approx. 300.000.000Frw) was officially inaugurated on Lake Kivu, Karongi district. The ambulance will ease access to health facilities especially during emergency situations, saving thousands of lives and reducing infant and maternal mortality. According to the (...)

Posted on : 19/08/2013

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RMH resumes Army week

Kamonyi-August 13, 2013. The Rwanda Military Hospital (RMH) has resumed its outreach activities known as “Army week”. The exercise which kicked off in Kamonyi district this month targets providing special treatment to vulnerable children with different diseases. According to Maj Dr King Kayondo, the Director of outreach (...)

Posted on : 14/08/2013

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Rwanda on track to implementing new WHO guidelines

Kigali, Tuesday August 13, 2013. Rwanda is on track to implementing the World Health Organization (WHO) new guidelines on the diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, care of people living with HIV and the use of anti-retroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection. This was revealed by Dr Sabin (...)

Posted on : 14/08/2013

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Restaurants to be graded according to hygiene standards

Kigali August 12, 2013. In a bid to improve hygiene in restaurants and hotels, the Ministry of Health in partnership with district authorities will soon start grading and ranking restaurants according to their hygiene standards. According to Joseph Katabarwa head of the Hygiene and Environmental desk in the Ministry of (...)

Posted on : 13/08/2013

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Mothers adopt home gown solutions to fight malnutrition

Kamonyi- Monday August 12, 2013. Mothers in Gihinga cell, Gacurabwenge sector, Kamonyi district have adopted ‘Akagoroba k’ababyeyi’ a home grown solution and approach to fighting malnution. According to Apollinaria Mukabaranga 53, a Community Health Worker in Gihinga cell, ‘Akagoroba k’ababyeyi’ is a platform where mothers (...)

Posted on : 13/08/2013

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Fistula cases on decrease

Kigali –August 9, 2013 -The Ministry of Health has made significant progress in reducing fistula cases. This was revealed by Dr. Anicet Nzabonimpa, the Maternal Health program coordinator at the Ministry of Health. Statistics indicate that in 2005, 400 women were diagnosed with fistula at different health facilities. In (...)

Posted on : 12/08/2013

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Over 200 nurses and midwives graduate

Over of 200 nurses and midwives at the Rwamagana school of nursing and midwifery have been awarded diplomas in general nursing and midwifery health care, the 108 nurses and 121 midwives will boast the provision of quality health care in different health facilities country wide. According to the principal of the school, Sr (...)

Posted on : 12/08/2013

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Rwanda receives new ARV treatment guidelines

Kigali August 1, 2013. The World Health Organisation Representative in Rwanda Dr. Dovlo Delanyo has handed over the revised guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infections to the Government of Rwanda. While handing over the guidelines to the Minister of State in charge of public (...)

Posted on : 2/08/2013

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Minisiteri y’ubuzima yashyize mu kato umuti wa Metoronidazole

Kigali- Nyakanga 29, 2013, Mu rwego rwo gukomeza kubungabunga ubuzima bw’abanyarwanda no guteze imbere itangwa ry’imiti yujuje ubuziranenge, Minisiteri y’ubuzima yabaye ishyize mu kato itangwa ry’umuti wo mu bwoko bwa metronidazole yazanywe mu gihugu ifite ikirango-Batch number, gifite DH201211. Minisiteri y’ubuzima yafashe (...)

Posted on : 30/07/2013

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Health Minister calls for increased Mutuelle subscription

Kigali- July 29th 2013, The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has called upon Rwandans to renew their subscription to Mutelle de Sante or Community Based Health Insurance (CBHI) to facilitate easy access to quality health services at a low cost. The CBHI policy commonly known as “Mutuelle de santé” was introduced by the (...)

Posted on : 30/07/2013

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Obstetrics, Gynecologists hold 1st Annual conference

Kigali- Thursday 25th July 2013 : The First Annual Scientific conference of the Rwanda Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (RSOG) opened today in Kigali under the theme “Saving mothers giving birth.” The overall objective of this high level conference is to improve knowledge and competencies of obstetricians and (...)

Posted on : 30/07/2013

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MoH sets up the Research Forum

Kigali July 25, 2013. The Ministry of Health has set up a research forum that brings together key stakeholders from different research institutions, the forum targets improving the quality of Medical research in Rwanda. The Head of Medical Research Center Division Dr. Leon Mutesa says that putting in place the research (...)

Posted on : 26/07/2013

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Gahini Hospital staff starts fund to support patients

Kayonza-July 24th 2013, the medical and non medical staff of Gahini Hospital agreed to voluntarily contribute part of their salaries to support needy patients. This was revealed by the hospital management during a meeting with the Minister of State in Charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care Dr. Anita Asiimwe. (...)

Posted on : 24/07/2013

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Lapenn applauds the Ministry of Health

Kigali, July 21, 2013– The Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) for the U.S. Embassy, Jessica Lapenn commended the Ministry of Health for proper utilization of funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CDC funds to ensuring the provision of care to the population, providing education and developing (...)

Posted on : 22/07/2013

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Rwanda achieves Abuja declaration targets

Kigali- July 16th 2013, according to the progress report 2010-2012 on the implementation of the “Abuja call for accelerated action towards universal access to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria services” presented by the African Union Rwanda is among fewer countries that have achieved most of the targets. Rwanda is (...)

Posted on : 17/07/2013

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Dr Binagwaho Calls for Global solidarity to tackle NCDs

Kigali – July 15th 2013. The Minister of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho has called for global networking and solidarity in the fight against Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Dr. Binagwaho made the call during the Inaugural Meeting of the Non-Communicable Disease Synergies Network in Kigali Rwanda on July 15th 2013. (...)

Posted on : 16/07/2013

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Rwanda Hosts the Non Communicable Disease Synergies Network

Kigali Thursday July 14th 2013, –On July 15th 2013, more than 150 participants from 18 countries will convene in Kigali, Rwanda for the inaugural meeting of the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Synergies Network. The meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Republic of Rwanda, the Rwanda Biomedical (...)

Posted on : 15/07/2013

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

I. Context June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. In its report, the UNODC states that every year (...)

Posted on : 25/06/2013

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Rwanda hosts the 19th Conference of the International Union against TB and Lung Diseases, Africa Region

Kigali Thursday June 20th 2013, The conference which is taking place at the Kigali Serena Hotel was officially opened by the Minister of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho. In her opening remarks Dr Binagwaho said that children should be give priority in the fight against TB and lung diseases, adding that the government of Rwanda (...)

Posted on : 21/06/2013

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Ministry of Health awards the no smoking campaign champion

Kigali Thursday June 20th 2013, Jean Christophe Rusatira, a Rwandan youth has been reorganized by the Ministry of Health for his outstanding efforts to sensitize fellow youth on the dangers of tobacco use. RUSATIRA received a certificate of recognition and a new projector from the Ministry of Health. Apart from the (...)

Posted on : 21/06/2013

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Concept note I. Context June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. In its report, the UNODC states (...)

Posted on : 20/06/2013

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Press Release : Harvard-Rwanda Global Health Delivery FieldCourse

Ministry of Health of Rwanda Harvard Medical School Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima RwinkwavuCenter for Training and Operational Research 18-21 June 2013 On 18 February 2013, more than 40 faculty and students from Rwanda and the United States gathered in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza District to launch the second offering (...)

Posted on : 19/06/2013

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RBC to conduct the 1st first national survey of the AIDS Indicator and HIV Incidence

Kigali, Monday 17th June 2013, Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) is organising the first national survey on the AIDS Indicator and HIV Incidence scheduled to kick off Monday June 17th, 2013. Being the first time such a study is conducted in the country, the survey will serve as baseline HIV-1 incidence data from cohort (...)

Posted on : 17/06/2013

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Kirehe residents urged to fight Malaria

Kirehe, June 11, 2013 Kirehe residents have been asked to fight malaria and to stop confusing Malaria with witchcraft, thus slowing down the fight against the disease. The message was contained in a mobile video projected by Urunana DC, the prominent partner of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre in the fight against Malaria (...)

Posted on : 14/06/2013

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Belgian Minister Hails Rwanda efforts to boost health

Kigali, Thursday June 13th 2013, The Belgium Minister for Public Enterprises and Development Cooperation Jean-Pascal Labille has hailed the country for its efforts to boost health ; one of the key indicators he says will make Rwanda achieve its vision 2020. The Minister said that for the country to achieve strong and (...)

Posted on : 14/06/2013

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YOUTH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION GOES MOBILE

Kigali, June 11, 2013 Youth will no longer face the challenge of access to reproductive health information, thanks to Mobile for reproductive health-M4 RH program. Dr Anicet Nzabonimpa the Maternal Child and Health, Family Planning and HIV Integration Coordinator in the Ministry of Health says that the program will help (...)

Posted on : 13/06/2013

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Minister of health calls for improved Hygiene at CHUB

Huye, Wednesday, June 6, 2013, The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, has called on the management of CHUB to improve hygiene conditions at CHUB. She made the call during her visit to CHUB to assess the provision of health care services, and the day to day functioning of the hospital. After a guided tour of the (...)

Posted on : 10/06/2013

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State Minister commends role of Intore during the 2012 WAD campaign

Nyagatare, Friday 31st May 2013 : The Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care Dr. Anita Asiimwe presided over the official closing ceremony of the World AIDS Day campaign 2012 in Kiyombe Sector, Nyagatare District, Eastern Province. The Minister commended the Itorero National Task Force and all (...)

Posted on : 4/06/2013

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RBC/NCBT staff commemorate victims of Genocide

Friday, 17th May, 2013 : Staff of RBC/National Centre for Blood Transfusion and other health sector staff together with families’ of the survivors of 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have joined in commemorating former staff of the former Projet Inter Croix de Transfusion sanguine (now NCBT) who passed on during the genocide. (...)

Posted on : 31/05/2013

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ICAP Rwanda staff boost Agaciro Fund

Kigali, May 13, 2013. Staff of ICAP (International Centre for AIDS, Care, and Treatment programs) in Rwanda have donated eight million Rwandan Francs to Agaciro Development Fund. The handover ceremony took place at ICAP Rwanda Head office in Kigali. In the presence of Dr. the Deputy General Director of the Institute of (...)

Posted on : 31/05/2013

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Top GlaxoSmithKline official commends health progress

Gasabo, Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 : Andrew Witty, the Chief Executive Officer of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a global healthcare company has commended Rwanda’s health progress citing that progress is evident at community level. The visiting official who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. (...)

Posted on : 31/05/2013

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Rwanda Biomedical Centre gets the new Director General

Kigali, 17th May 2013 : Dr. Marc Herant is the newly appointed the Director General of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre replacing Dr. Pierre Claver Kayumba who has been the Acting General Director of RBC for over a year. Dr. Kayumba handed over to Andrew Makaka on behalf of Dr. Marc Herant at the RBC offices in the (...)

Posted on : 28/05/2013

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Minister has visited King Faisal Hospital

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has made an official visit to King Faisal Hospital in order to interact with the hospital management team and discuss the key achievements following 3 months of change. Hon. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Minister of Health explained to media that the (...)

Posted on : 25/04/2013

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MoH holds 1st Pharmacy General Assembly

Kigali April 18, 2013. The 1st General Assembly of the pharmacy council was held yesterday at Sports View Hotel with an aim to elect their interim committee that will be mandated to work within a period of three months. Addressing the Pharmacists, the Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, said, “Choose your leader (...)

Posted on : 19/04/2013

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MOH, Operation Smile partner to eliminate cleft malformations

Friday April 12, 2013 : The Ministry of health in partnership with two teams of experts Operation Smile and Smile Train projects have launched a groundbreaking initiative with an intention of creating a cleft –free Rwanda. A cleft is a condition where someone is born with a cleft in their lip called a cleft lip or a hole (...)

Posted on : 16/04/2013

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Seven undergo heart surgery in India

Tuesday, 10th April 2013 : Seven children yesterday arrived from India where they underwent free heart surgery through a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Rotary Rwanda. According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, the successful operations were done through (...)

Posted on : 11/04/2013

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Presidential Advisory Council visits Busanza HC

Friday 5th April 2013 : The advisors of His Excellency Paul Kagame have visited Busanza health center in Kicukiro district to observe actual portrait of the Rwandan health center system and efforts made by health workers to improve access to health care services in the community. The advisors said that they are (...)

Posted on : 11/04/2013

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NRL staff acquire skills in yellow fever surveillance

Friday 5th April 2013 : Four staff at the National referral laboratory have acquired skills in surveillance and detection of presumptive positive cases of yellow fever - a move that will assist in early treatment should outbreaks occur. The training was organised by the Ministry of Health with support of World Health (...)

Posted on : 11/04/2013

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US medical expert discusses recent HIV findings

Thursday 4th April 2013 : A visiting US medical expert, Professor Andrew Zolopa from the Stamford University, School of Medicine in California has explained that recent media reports of people who were "functionally cured" from HIV do not necessarily imply that a cure has been found. Zolopa made these remarks at a Press (...)

Posted on : 6/04/2013

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US Official visits Masaka health workers

Tuesday 2nd April 2013 : The US Deputy Chief of mission, Jessica Lapenn has visited community health workers in Masaka sector to witness firsthand the work done by these volunteers who have made access to health care a reality for all Rwandans. Lapenn said that the purpose of her visit was to understand the community (...)

Posted on : 4/04/2013

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RBC ready to handle trauma cases

Tuesday 2, April 2013 : As the country prepares for the upcoming 19th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, the Mental Health Division of RBC has announced that it is well prepared to handle trauma cases - should they arise. During a press conference, the Head of Division, Dr. Yvonne Kayiteshonga explained (...)

Posted on : 4/04/2013

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EAC closes 4th regional Health and Scientific Conference

Friday 29th, March, 2013 : The 4th East African Community Health and Scientific conference, International Trade Fair and Health Exhibition, closed on Friday after fruitful deliberations. The main theme of the conference was : Regional Health Priorities and Opportunities : "Evidence for Action in the changing Global (...)

Posted on : 1er/04/2013

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Rwandan PM pushes for health care cooperation

Rwandan Prime Minister Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremyi pushed for health care cooperation among East African Community member states. Addressing the EAC Health and Scientific Conference in Kigali, Dr Habumuremyi said in a speech availed to the Independent East African News Agency (EANA) that this would promote better (...)

Posted on : 1er/04/2013

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Rwanda holds 1st National Field Epidemiology Conference

Kigali 26th March 2013 : The First National Field Epidemiology conference opened today in Kigali with a theme to "Build Public Health Capacity and Leadership." The conference brought together over 30 trainees that will be holding Masters Degree with specialisation in Field Epidemiology. While delivering her remarks, (...)

Posted on : 28/03/2013

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4th East African Health and Scientific Conference opens in Kigali

Kigali 27th March 2013 : The 4th East African Health and scientific conference, International Trade Fair and Health Exhibition has opened today in Kigali with an aim of advancing regional cooperation and integration on key issues like research for improvement of health in the region. Under the theme, "“Evidence for (...)

Posted on : 27/03/2013

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Rwanda celebrates TB world day in Rusizi District

Friday, March 22, 2013, in Kamembe sector, Rusizi district, Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the World Tuberculosis Day at the Kamembe taxi/bus park. The Director General of Rwanda biomedical center Dr. Claver Kayumba said that the number of people contracting tuberculosis (TB) in the country has been (...)

Posted on : 27/03/2013

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CHUK recognized for good customer care

Kigali 23rd March 2013 : Readers of the Service Magazine, a reknown publication that reveals the trends of customer care within institutions across the country, have voted CHUK ( the Kigali Central University Teaching Hospital) as one of the institutions that offer good customer care. During the ceremony that was held at (...)

Posted on : 25/03/2013

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PM commends achievements in health sector

Kigali 20th March 2013 : Hon. Prime Minister, Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has commended the achievements registered in the health sector citing that although the journey remains long, there has been a significant revolution. He made these remarks during his visit to the Ministry of Health headquarters where he held (...)

Posted on : 25/03/2013

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Rwanda’s measles-rubella vaccine campaign : Q and A with Health Minister AgnèsBinagwaho

The 12-15 March measles-rubella vaccine campaign was the latest in a long list of Rwandan vaccine rollouts. Health Minister AgnèsBinagwaho explains how political commitment to high immunisation coverage has helped her country more than halve child mortality 1. Why is this vaccine so important for Rwanda ? This new (...)

Posted on : 25/03/2013

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Rwanda introduces rubella-measles combined vaccine

Nyaruguru 12 March, 2013 : Rwanda has become the first country to introduce the Measles and Rubella combined vaccine. The vaccine was officially launched by the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa who acknowledged that this new initiative will be a solution to many problems generated by different (...)

Posted on : 25/03/2013

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Minister of State in charge of PH and Primary Health care in the MoH argued district hospitals Directors to be actively engaged in Integrated diseases surveillance and Response system to make it more successful.

14 March 2013 : This meeting aimed to sensitize District hospitals as principal actors on Integrated Diseases Surveillance & Response, a system based on data collection, reporting, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination on which evidence based decisions of public health concern can be made ; web and telephone (...)

Posted on : 15/03/2013

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Health Minister challenges public to speak out on embezzlement

6th March 2013 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has called upon the public to expose anyone who may be involved in embezzlement of funds aimed at serving the population. Minister Binagwaho made this call during a press conference held today where she exposed a complaint of alleged extortion of funds that were (...)

Posted on : 13/03/2013

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1st Rwanda Field Epidemiology Conference “Building Public Health Capacity and Leadership through FELTP”

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the National University of Rwanda/School of Public Health (SPH), established the Rwanda Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program a 2 years in –service training program in applied epidemiology and public health laboratory practice. It is aimed to build public health (...)

Posted on : 7/03/2013

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Minister Dr Anita Asiimwe inaugurates a Health center in Bugesera

6th March 2013 : The Health State Minister in charge of public health and primary care, Dr. Anita Asiimwe has officially inaugurated a new health center in Nyarugenge sector, Bugesera district. The facility worth Rwf169 million was set up by the Ministry in partnership with the Access Project Rwanda. Bugesera district (...)

Posted on : 7/03/2013

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Dr. Anita Asiimwe hands over to Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana

Kigali, 4th March 2013 : Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana has become the Acting Deputy General Director of RBC and Head of IHDPC (Institute of Health, Disease Prevention and Control) replacing Dr. Anita Asiimwe who was recently appointed as State Health Minister for Public Health and Primary Health Care. The handover ceremony took (...)

Posted on : 7/03/2013

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U.S. official commends Rwanda’s malaria fight

4th March 2013 : The U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission, Jessica Lapenn visited Ruhuha sector in Bugesera district to witness firsthand the how Rwanda uses Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) to eliminate malaria. Together with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr Uzziel Ndagijimana and the Head of Malaria and other (...)

Posted on : 7/03/2013

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Kigali hosts international Oral health conference

1st March 2013 : The 1st International Oral Health Conference opened in Kigali today. The two days’ conference will be a pivot for the enhancement of prevention and control of non communicable diseases particularly oral health in Rwanda, Africa, and the World in large. This conference brought together delegates from DRC, (...)

Posted on : 7/03/2013

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Rwanda to launch Measles and Rubella Vaccine Immunization Campaign

On 12-15 March 2013, Rwanda will become the first country in Africa to roll out the measles and rubella (MR) vaccine nationwide. The combined vaccine will be administered to an estimated 5 million children between the ages of 9 months and 14 years. This program is made possible due to the partnership between the Government (...)

Posted on : 4/03/2013

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National Reference Laboratory gets new boss

Kigali, 27th February 2013 : Dr. Jean Baptiste Mazarati is the newly appointed Head of the RBC/National Reference Laboratory replacing Dr. Odette Mukabayire who has been at the helm of the laboratory for the last five years. Dr. Mukabayire handed over to Dr. Mazarati at the RBC/NRL offices in the presence of the Health (...)

Posted on : 4/03/2013

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Doctors trained on efficient methods of detecting and treating cervical cancer at Butaro district

At Butaro Hospital in Burera district, North Province, a team of 12 doctors drawn from various referral and district hospitals countrywide, last week, completed a training programme on modern and more efficient methods of detecting and treating cervical cancer. The training conducted by volunteer physicians from the US was (...)

Posted on : 26/02/2013

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They’re on a mission beyond awards glory

The doctors in the documentary ’Open Heart’ plan to get their message out. By NICOLE SPERLING Dr. Emmanuel Rusingiza is one of only two pediatric cardiologists in all of Rwanda. His job is often overwhelming, as some 12 million children in Africa suffer from rheumatic heart disease - caused primarily by untreated (...)

Posted on : 26/02/2013

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Rwanda’s Historic Health Recovery : What the U.S. Might Learn

Over the last decade in Rwanda, deaths from HIV, TB, and malaria dropped by 80 percent, maternal mortality dropped by 60 percent, life expectancy doubled — all at an average health care cost of $55 per person per year. Amidst the barrage of stories about failing states and civil wars that characterize the dour American (...)

Posted on : 26/02/2013

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Clarification of role of Minisante in Nursing schools

Thursday 21st February 2013 : The story published in today’s Igihe.com on alleged wrangles between Minisante and Mineduc that reportedly called for the intervention of the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister is erroneous, inaccurate and misleading. As members of the Social Cluster, both Health and Education sub-sectors anchor each (...)

Posted on : 26/02/2013

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Health Minister visits Gataraga Health Centre

Musanze, 19 February 2013 ; The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho visited Gataraga health Centre in Musanze district, Nothern Province to assess the state of service delivery and progress of the new health centre. After visiting all services of the Centre, the Hon. Minister held discussions with the staff of the (...)

Posted on : 22/02/2013

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Official Reception of Measles-Rubella combined Vaccine at First Time in Rwanda

Kigali, 16 February 2013. Today, the Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF, USAID received the Measles-Rubella combined Vaccine at Kigali International Airport. Rwanda is the first country in Africa to introduce this vaccine. In her own words, Honorable Minister said, “today is an important day and we are full of smiles.” This is (...)

Posted on : 18/02/2013

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Ministry of health closes the two days campaign on the distribution of mosquito nets.

Gicumbi 30th January 2013 - Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho presided over the closing ceremony of a two-day mass mosquito net distribution exercise on Wednesday at Byumba Health Centre in Gicumbi District. Over 1.7 million children under five years received the nets countrywide. Speaking at the event, Dr. Corine (...)

Posted on : 6/02/2013

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Official launch of the “Week for True Love campaign” in Nyamasheke District

In order to join national efforts in stopping new HIV infections within the Rwandan community, Imbuto Foundation in collaboration with Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), Itorero ry’Igihugu and other partners has launched a “Week for True Love” campaign targeting youth aged between 15 and 24 years. The Campaign was officially (...)

Posted on : 5/02/2013

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Awareness campaign against HIV/Aids with the youth in National service

Awareness campaign against HIV/Aids is part of activities that will be carried out by more than 40,000 intore participating in National service in all districts of Rwanda. In his remarks, at the launching ceremonies of the national voluntary service in Kigarama Sector, Rwamagana, Tuesday 22 January 2013, the Prime (...)

Posted on : 28/01/2013

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Swearing in ceremony of MOH staff

Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho officiated at the swearing in ceremony for new staff this Thursday December 27th, 2012 at the MOH head office in Kigali. After being explained why every employee must take oath, the new staff took the following oath : “ I, …………………………, in the name of God Almighty, solemnly do swear before the (...)

Posted on : 3/01/2013

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Training on rational use of blood and blood components continues

RBC/National Centre for Blood Transfusion is carrying out training on Rational Use of Blood and Blood products in Rwanda. This week of 10 – 14 November 2012, four (4) sessions have been carried out in Rwamagana where Physicians from 8 Eastern province Hospitals attended this workshop. Some of those hospitals are RWAMAGANA (...)

Posted on : 17/12/2012

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Rwanda commemorates the 2012 World AIDS Day in Gicumbi District

Saturday 1 December 2012 : Rwanda joins the World to commemorate the World AIDS Day in Gicumbi District, the Nothern Province. The commemoration of the 2012 World AIDS Day hinged around the theme of this year, “The role of Intore in stopping new infections within the Rwandan Community.” Among the dignitaries who were present (...)

Posted on : 4/12/2012

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Rwanda commemorates the 2012 World AIDS Day in Rwanda at Gicumbi District.

Saturday 1 December 2012 : Rwanda joins the World to commemorate the World AIDS Day in Gicumbi District, the Nothern Province. The commemoration of the 2012 World AIDS Day hinged around the theme of this year, “The role of Intore in stopping new infections within the Rwandan Community.” Among the dignitaries who were (...)

Posted on : 3/12/2012

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Mass violence, mental rehabilitation and reconstruction of social ties. For the regional development of mental health programs in the Great Lakes Region

The violence that occurred in Rwanda during the 20th century – culminating in the 1994 genocide – had a tragic and extraordinarily harmful impact on all aspects of life. The nation’s economic plan, health infrastructure, education infrastructure, and much more were devastated. In the years following the genocide, up until (...)

Posted on : 22/11/2012

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8th Annual Pediatric Conference opens

This Wednesday 21st November 2012, the 8th Annual National Pediatric Conference on Children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS opened at the Kigali Serena Hotel attended by stakeholders. Jean D’Arc Gakuba the Vice President of Rwanda Senate opened the conference by highlighting the role of families in the fight against (...)

Posted on : 22/11/2012

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Blood Donation testing

The NCBT laboratories perform a range of tests on all donations for the following reasons : - To allow appropriate selection of blood for transfusion (eg, permitting ABO compatibility between donor and recipient) To minimize or prevent adverse consequences of transfusion (eg, preventing transmission of infections in (...)

Posted on : 16/11/2012

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Kigali, 20th October, 2012 : – Following...

Kigali, 20th October, 2012 : – Following reported outbreak of the deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever in neighboring Uganda, the Government of Rwanda has put in place stringent measures that will ensure the safety of Rwandan from this deadly virus. On the 19th October, Uganda’s Ministry of Health confirmed an outbreak of (...)

Posted on : 5/11/2012

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World Mental Health Day marked at Gisagara district

Gisagara, 0ctober 19th, 2012 : Rwanda joined the rest of the world in marking the World Mental Health Day at Gisagara district, Southern province. This year’s theme is : “Depression, a Global crisis”. This theme draws attention to the global burden of depression and the urgent need for its prevention and timely treatment of (...)

Posted on : 23/10/2012

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MoH marks Global Hand Washing Day - Mother and Child Health Week closes

Karongi, Thursday, October 18, 2012 : Rwandans today joined the rest of the world to celebrate the International Hand Washing Day. Under the theme, "Let us make hand washing with soap a common habit," the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho demonstrated hand washing to children and emphasized the importance (...)

Posted on : 23/10/2012

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The Government of Rwanda in Partnership with the US Government Launches

Kigali, Rwanda. – On Monday, 15 October 2012, the US Government’s Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, launched the Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program, a seven-year partnership with the Government of Rwanda ; the United States Government ; The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria ; and (...)

Posted on : 16/10/2012

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Closing of the World AIDS Day 2011 at the National University of Rwanda

Huye, Sunday 14th October 2012. - The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho accompanied by the Minister of Education Dr. Vincent Biruta has presided over the closing ceremonies of the World AIDS Day campaign 2011 at the National University of Rwanda, Huye District, Southern Province. These colorful ceremonies were (...)

Posted on : 16/10/2012

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Minister sets targets for Health officials for 2012

Kigali 10th Jan – The Minister of Health has set targets for the health sector officials for the year 2012 that mainly rotate around the fight against malnutrition, poor hygiene, improvements in patient/customer care and effective communication. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho outlined key priority areas in a meeting that brought (...)

Posted on : 16/10/2012

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Closing of the World AIDS Day 2011 at the National University of Rwanda

Huye, Sunday 14th October 2012 - The Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho accompanied by the Minister of Education Dr. Vincent Biruta has presided over the closing ceremonies of the World AIDS Day campaign 2011 at the National University of Rwanda, Huye District, Southern Province. These colorful ceremonies were (...)

Posted on : 16/10/2012

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EAC Health Ministers Agree Pact on Universal Health Coverage

Kigali March 12th - Ministers of Health of the EAC member states agreed on Wednesday to establish a Social Health Protection (SHP) body as a first step towards rolling out Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for the population of the region. The agreement was reached after a two-day regional summit on Social Health Protection (...)

Posted on : 13/09/2012

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Health Sector raises over 1bn towards Agaciro Fund

Kigali, 10th September 2012 : The Health Sector has contributed one billion two hundred thirty five million four hundred ninety one thousand nine hundred fifty (Rwf 1,235,491,950) to Agaciro Development Fund. The fund is an initiative that was set up to raise more domestic resources to help accelerate economic development. (...)

Posted on : 12/09/2012

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO DONATE BLOOD – TO THE PATIENT AND DONOR ?

Blood donation can be defined as a process by which a blood donor voluntarily has some blood drawn for storage in a blood bank for subsequent use in blood transfusion for the benefit of a patient. Human blood is an essential element of human life without substitute, composed of cells (Red blood cells, White blood cells and (...)

Posted on : 7/08/2012

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PRESS RELEASE

REPUBLIC OF RWANDA MINISTRY OF HEALTH Government Alerts Public on Spread of Ebola Virus in neighbouring country Kigali, July 30th, 2012 : – Following reported outbreak of the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever in neighboring Uganda, the Government of Rwanda has put in place stringent measures that will (...)

Posted on : 30/07/2012

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PRESS STATEMENT

REPUBLIC OF RWANDA MINISTRY OF HEALTH Minister Binagwaho Meets with US Secretary of Health and Human Services WASHINGTON D.C. – Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho yesterday met with the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius where both leaders shared lessons from (...)

Posted on : 27/07/2012

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First National Cancer Referral Center in Rural Rwanda Launched

On July 18th 2012, the Ministry of Health of Rwanda in collaboration with Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB), Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation (JGCF) inaugurated the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence (COE), which will serve as the first national cancer (...)

Posted on : 25/07/2012

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Campaign to fight against drug abuse

May 26th , 2012 : A national campaign to fight against drug abuse mainly among the youth with the theme “Eye’s neighbor” has been launched by the First Lady. It will last 6 months. The Mental Health Division will focus on mental health aspects of drug dependence by celebrating the International Day to Fight against Drug Abuse (...)

Posted on : 25/06/2012

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Health Sector on Course of Achieving Key Indicators

New program to bridge skill’s gap & create high quality and sustainable healthcare system. Kigali, 22 June 2012 : The adoption of innovative approaches and a strong commitment to improve health care delivery are the pillars of an approach that has set Rwanda on course to achieve the health-related Millennium (...)

Posted on : 25/06/2012

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The “Facts for life” booklet reaches the grass roots level

Huye 20, 2012. Rwanda Biomedical Centre through its Division Rwanda Health Communication Centre in collaboration with UNICEF is organizing five days training workshops on the use of “Facts for Life” booklet at Huye in the Southern Province on June 18-22, 2012. The training workshops target supervisors of community health (...)

Posted on : 21/06/2012

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Every blood donor is a Hero- Rwanda has cerebrated the World Blood Donor Day

Rwanda has joined the rest of the world this Thursday, June 14, 2012 to celebrate the World Blood Donor Day with a theme emphasizing the vital role played by donors “every blood donor is a hero.” The Director General of Clinical Services in the Ministry of Health Dr. Ngirabega Jean de Dieu who represented the Minister of (...)

Posted on : 15/06/2012

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RBC staff donates blood

Kigali, June 15, 2012. This Monday June 11, 2012 the RBC staff voluntarily donated blood in order to save lives. This noble act was done in the framework of the preparation of the World Donor Day that was celebrated on June 14, 2012. The National Centre for Blood Transfusion was carrying out a number of campaigns on local (...)

Posted on : 15/06/2012

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WHO Regional Director pays courtesy call to President Paul Kagame

Kigali, 13 June 2012 President Kagame has today received the Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, with whom they held discussions on the health sector in Rwanda, the region and the continent at large. Speaking to press after the meeting, Dr. Sambo said : “Although a lot remains to be (...)

Posted on : 14/06/2012

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WBDD 2012, NCBT has continually ensured that blood is properly tested using standardized techniques

Every year, countries throughout every region of the world organize a huge variety of events and activities to celebrate the World Blood Donor Day from football matches to free concerts, and from mobile blood donation clinics to monumental decorations. WHO and partners have decided to focus the 2012 campaign on the idea (...)

Posted on : 13/06/2012

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WHO Africa Chief Commends Rwanda’s Health Progress

Kigali 11 June 2012 –The visiting WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo has commended Rwanda for adopting an innovative approach in designing and implementing health care programs that have delivered good results for the country. Dr. Sambo is visiting Rwanda to learn more about our programs and assess (...)

Posted on : 13/06/2012

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WHO Regional Director for Africa visits Rwanda

Kigali 9th June 2012 : The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, is in the country for high level discussions about the state of the country’s health sector. He was received on Saturday by a delegation led by the Minister of Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho. Dr Sambo is expected to discuss (...)

Posted on : 13/06/2012

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Rwanda awarded for achievements in reproductive health

On May 22, 2012, former Botswana Minister of Health, Honourable Joy Phumaphi, presented the Government of Rwanda with the 2012 Resolve Award for innovation in service delivery. The award acknowledges the efforts made towards family planning and universal access to reproductive health. Rwanda was among four countries (...)

Posted on : 8/06/2012

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Rwanda launches Rotavirus vaccine

MUSANZE, May 25th, 2012 –The rollout of a new anti- Diarrhea (rotavirus vaccine) was on May 25 launched by the Government of Rwanda today in Musanze District, in the Northern Province of Rwanda. The Rotavirus vaccine has been officially launched by Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health (...)

Posted on : 31/05/2012

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New Hospital opens in Ruhango District

Kigali May 29th - A new hospital, Ruhango District Hospital has opened its doors to the population of this District effective May 28th as part of Government’s vision to better serve the population and reach the vision 2020 and MDGs. Ruhango District hospital has capacity of 300 beds and will serve a population estimated at (...)

Posted on : 30/05/2012

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E-learning program to promote the quality of nursing and midwifery health services in Rwanda

Dr Richard Gakuba, national e-health coordinator for Rwanda’s Ministry of Health representing the Minister of Health has launched the E-learning program. The ceremonies were held on Thursday May 17, 2012 at Byumba school of nursing and midwifery. The e-learning program which started in January in 5 schools of nursing and (...)

Posted on : 21/05/2012

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RBC/NCBT Staff completed training on QMS (Quality Management System)

Kigali, 10th May 2012 : Over 20 RBC/NCBT senior Staff have completed a 3 days training on NCBT Quality Policies and other Quality Management System documents at La Palisse Nyandungu from 7th to 9th May. The well recognized American Association for Blood Bank (AABB) which has expertise in setting standards for Blood Banks (...)

Posted on : 11/05/2012

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The Ministry of health to boost medicine distribution services across the country

Kigali, 09 May 2012, the Ministry of Health has granted 30 mini trucks worth Rfw 658.772.583 to 30 District Pharmacies as part of the initiative to facilitate quick and safe distribution of medicine across the country. The event took place at the former CAMERWA premises at 8h00 am under the leadership of the Hon Minister (...)

Posted on : 11/05/2012

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Launching of the national Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey

The Ministry of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho have officially launched the national tuberculosis prevalence survey in Rukumberi sector, Ngoma District in the Eastern Province this Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in the presence of the vice Mayor in charge of social affairs of Ngoma District Providence Kirenga, the Director General of (...)

Posted on : 9/05/2012

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Know your Blood group : ABO and Rhesus systems

Blood is a very complex living tissue containing a variety of cell types and proteins. In this article Dr GATARE Swaibu, Medical Director of the Regional Center for Blood Transfusion - Ruhengeri and an employee with the Ministry of Health/Rwanda Biomedical Center / National Center for Blood Transfusion (MoH/RBC/NCBT) (...)

Posted on : 30/04/2012

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Health Sector commemorates 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi

Kigali, 13th April 2012 : The Health Sector together with its development partners yesterday organised events in honour of over a million people killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. A total of about 2000 staff of the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Centre with partners started off with activities (...)

Posted on : 13/04/2012

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Private and Public Partnership to increase access to healthcare services in Rwanda

3 April 2012, Kigali – A new partnership is announced today which brings together One HealthStore Holdings (HSH), and Family Health (OFH) Foundation, GSK, Ecobank, on one hand and Healthstore Holdings and the Rwandan Ministry of Health on the other, in a coordinated effort to establish 240 health posts across Rwanda over (...)

Posted on : 4/04/2012

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Annual International Child Health Conference opens in Kigali

Kigali, 27th March 2012 : Over 350 national and international health experts have convened in Kigali to draw ways on how to improve child health in a bid to raise stronger generations for the future. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the high level summit, the Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho highlighted the (...)

Posted on : 28/03/2012

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King James in the fight against TB in Rwanda

I am very happy to share my message with you today in fighting Tuberculosis (TB) in our communities and i want you to join me because I am sure, together we can stop it in our lifetime, said King James, one of the top singers in the country when performing a wonderful song on the prevention of the disease. The concert was (...)

Posted on : 28/03/2012

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Government of Rwanda shows commitment in fight against cancer

Nyaruguru, 21nd March 2012 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has shown commitment of the Government of Rwanda in fight against cancer by calling upon all the citizens to implement all measures established by the government to fight against Cancer. Dr. Binagwaho made these remarks during the International Cancer (...)

Posted on : 28/03/2012

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World Tuberculosis Day 2012 :” Let’s have a lifetime without TB.”

Ngoma, 24th of March 2012 : The commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day 2012 has been held in Ngoma District/Eastern Province, in presence of the Governor of Eastern Province Uwamariya Odette, the Senator Michel Rugema, the Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center Dr Kayumba Pierre Claver, The World Health Organization (...)

Posted on : 27/03/2012

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Accident casualties recover, more discharged

Kigali 18th March 2012 : Following the tragic accident that occurred in Kamonyi on Friday last week, the Ministry of Health is pleased to inform the public that casualties from this fatal accident are responding well to treatment and some are already discharged. The accident which claimed 8 people on spot left, 34 others (...)

Posted on : 19/03/2012

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Minister calls for further action to improve health

Kigali, 13th March 2012 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has called for further reduction of mortality figures and general improvement of key health indicators so that more health progress is attained. The Health Minister made these remarks at the National Dissemination of the 2010 Rwanda Demographic Health (...)

Posted on : 15/03/2012

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Minister Binagwaho commends women for health promotion

Gicumbi, 8th March 2012 : The Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho has commended women in Gicumbi for their role in promoting health citing that they should continue to advance initiatives that spearhead the country’s development process. Dr. Binagwaho made these remarks during the International Women’s’ Day celebrations (...)

Posted on : 11/03/2012

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Vaccination campaign against cervical cancer

In order to fight against the Cervical Cancer, the Ministry of health/RBC is preparing the second cohort vaccination campaign against cervical cancer. The target population of this year is P6 and S3 adolescent’s girl. The 1st round for the vaccination campaign is planned to take place on 15-16 March (...)

Posted on : 8/03/2012

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3DAY WORKSHOP ON COMBATING COUNTERFEIT MEDICINES IN RWANDA

From February 20th, to 22nd, 2012 the RBC/Medical Production and Procurement Department organized a three day workshop on the fight against the counterfeit medicines in Rwanda. The workshop gathered all the main stakeholders in the field at La Palisse Hotel Nyandungu in the framework of a whole awareness week on this public (...)

Posted on : 1er/03/2012

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Press statement : Officials lay strategies of preventing spread of Cholera

Rubavu 28th Feb – As Cholera outbreak in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues near our border, Senior Government officials held a day-long meeting in Rubavu district on Tuesday to lay concrete measure s of preventing the spread of the disease into Rwanda. Overall, though the outbreak of Cholera is now (...)

Posted on : 29/02/2012

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237 brand new motorcycles given to Rwandan health facilities

Kigali February21 2012- The Ministry of Health distributed 237 motorcycles to health facilities and local NGOs in line with the government’s commitment to invest in the health system, the event was held at the head office of the Medical Production and Procurement Division (MPPD). During this second batch, 218 motorcycles (...)

Posted on : 24/02/2012

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PRESS RELEASE

Senior Health officials undergo Harvard Course Rwinkwavu 20th Feb - Forty-one faculty and students from Burundi, Haiti, Rwanda, and the United States gathered in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza District to launch the Global Health Delivery course, led by Harvard Medical School faculty in conjunction with the Ministry of Health of (...)

Posted on : 24/02/2012

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PRESS RELEASE

Swiss experts carry out fistula operations in Musanze Musanze 17th Feb - A team of seven medical experts from Switzerland are carrying out fistula operations in Ruhengeri hospital for mothers affected by this medical disorder. The team that has been in the country for three weeks under the Swiss Cooperation screened (...)

Posted on : 20/02/2012

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RBC/NCBT/Regional Centre for Blood Transfusion – Ruhengeri - participates in Musanze JADF “Open Day”

RBC/National Centre for Blood Transfusion, Regional Centre for Blood Transfusion-Ruhengeri has participated in Musanze - JADF (Joint Action for Development Forum – Musanze District). The 2 day (16th-17th /Feb/2012) event has been organized with an aim of exhibiting activities done by different institutions, both public and (...)

Posted on : 20/02/2012

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HIV prevalence remains unchanged.

Kicukiro 14th Feb. 2012 : 3 % of Rwandan population are living with HIV, which means that HIV prevalence is unchanged between the 2005 and the 2010 Rwanda Demographic and Health Surveys (RDHS). This was revealed in a press conference chaired by the Minister of Health Dr. Agnès Binagwaho at the head office of the Ministry of (...)

Posted on : 16/02/2012

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We want a Rwanda free of leprosy ! Dr. Michel Gasana

"We want a Rwanda free of leprosy" said the Head of Division in charge of the fight against tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases Dr. Michel Gasana during the ceremonies for commemorating the World Leprosy Day held at Nyundo Health Center in Rubavu District on this Friday, February 3, 2012. Dr. Gasana said that (...)

Posted on : 7/02/2012

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Saving the life of someone you don’t know is a heroic act - Rutare blood donors

“I am proud of donating blood because I know that by doing so,there is a life saved somewhere.I am convenced that I would be rewarded soon or later even after death. Whenever I donate blood, I feel I am a Hero ! Saving someone’s life is indeed a heroic act.” Said one Blood Donor at Rutare site. “I very well know the (...)

Posted on : 30/01/2012

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Ministry of Health Responds to MUGISHA Ineza Ange’s Heart Situation

Following the story that ran in The New Times and other newspapers last week, the Ministry of Health would like to thank the doctors of Kibuye District Hospital for their commitment to improving little Ange Ineza Mugisha’s health condition. We have communicated with Ineza’s family, and they will bring her to King Faisal (...)

Posted on : 27/01/2012

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Arthur ASIIMWE, sets a new orientation of communication programs within health sector

The Head of Rwanda Health Communication Center Division Mr. Arthur ASIIMWE has urged all persons in charge of communication to harmonize their respective plans of action in order to facilitate the supervision and technical support from RHCC. The head of RHCC made the call Thursday, January 19, 2012 at High Media Council (...)

Posted on : 20/01/2012

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The Minister of Health urged health professionals to smile to their patients,

This Monday, 9th January, 2012 at the launching of a one day campaign organized by the Ministry of Health focusing on sensitizing the Health sector service providers on TB, HIV, Malaria, as well as customer care of Services offered to the People of Rwanda ; Dr. Agnès Binagwaho, the Minister of Health called upon workers in (...)

Posted on : 10/01/2012

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Launching the WAD Campaign in Bugesera District

Launching activities of the World AIDS Day in the District of Bugesera (Eastern Province) was held on December 22, 2011, at Ruhuha Sector. The guest of honor of the event was the Deputy Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre and Head of Institute of HIV/AIDS, Disease prevention & Control (RBC/IHDPC) Dr. Anita (...)

Posted on : 23/12/2011

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Concentrating efforts on the reduction of HIV transmission among youth

The Deputy Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center and Head of Institute of HIV /AIDS Disease Prevention and Control (RBC-IHDPC) Dr Anita ASIIMWE has officially announced the theme of the next 3 months World AIDS Day campaign which will be launched on the 1st December 2011 at Amahoro Stadium -Petit Stade. In a press (...)

Posted on : 29/11/2011

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture urged the youth to keep their virginity

Honorable Minister of Youth was the guest of honor in the launching ceremony of the 2011 World AIDS Day that was commemorated on 1 December 2011 at Amahoro Stadium in Gasabo district and officially launched the 3 months campaign which will concentrate efforts on reduction of HIV transmission among the youth. More than 5000 (...)

Posted on : 27/11/2011

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It is a real pleasure to support a country that helps itself- Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy

In the press conference held at the National AIDS Control Commission (NACC) on Tuesday June 15, 2010, the President of UNITAID Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy expressed his satisfaction on Rwanda’s achievements in the fight against HIV/AIDS, particularly in the PMTCT (preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV) program. “I’m (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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PRESS RELEASE : High Level UNITAID visit to Rwanda

Kigali June 15, 2010 : Today, the President of UNITAID, Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy, the Program Manager, Mr. Frederic Martel and a team of 6 journalists began a two days visit to Rwanda. The aim of his visit is to meet with Rwanda Public Health Officials ((Minister of Health, CNLS Executive Secretary, TRACPlus Director (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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AIDS 2010 in Vienna under the theme “Rights Here, Right Now”

The XVIII International AIDS Conference opened on Sunday 18 July in the city of Vienna. Austria has welcomed an estimated 20,000 delegates from all over the world who take part in this conference under the theme “Rights Here, Right Now” selected to emphasize the critical connection between human rights and HIV. The opening (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Rwanda to benefit from U.S. Government Support for Global Health Efforts

The U.S. Government continues to lay the groundwork for efforts under the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), announcing the first round of "GHI Plus" countries, as well as the program’s governance structure. GHI is a six-year, $63 billion initiative to help partner countries improve measurable health outcomes by (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Partners’ workshop to contribute to country action plan addressing women, girls, gender equality and HIV.

A two half days workshop that brought together delegates from different partners, have been organized by CNLS in collaboration with UNAIDS and UNIFEM from Thursday 22nd to Friday 23rd of July 2010 at Sports view Hotel in Kigali to contribute to the elaboration of the country action plan addressing Women, Girls, Gender (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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11 high-level Monitoring&Evaluation (M&E) professionals in Rwanda are now certified as National Expert M&E Trainers by CNLS, USAID, and MEASURE Evaluation

The Finance Director at the National AIDS Control Commission Mr Rusiha Gaston accompanied by the Acting Programs Officer at USAID/Rwanda Mr Brian Fink and the MEASURE Evaluation Representative Mr Andrew Koleros chaired a graduation ceremony at CNLS on Thursday 29th July, for 11 high-level Monitoring& Evaluation (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Engaging cities in the HIV response

Approximately half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, seven out of ten global citizens will be living in a “mega-city” of more than 10 million people. In an official visit this week to Shanghai—one of the world’s largest metropolises—UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé called attention to the central role (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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CNLS and districts have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Parliament house

All districts have signed, Friday 20th August2010, the Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) with CNLS ; the function took place in the presence of the Minister of Local Government Mr. James Musoni and the Minister of Health Dr Richard Sezibera. The ceremony which took place at the Parliament building alongside the meeting of (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Condoms to be made available in hotels by the PSF

Condoms vending machines are available in 61 hotels throughout the Country, announced the chairman of Rwanda Hotels and Restaurants Association Mr Eric Musanganya in a press conference held on Monday 30 August, 2010 at Top Tower Hotel. “HIV is a threat to everyone especially where a big number of people meet like in hotels (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Training of Community Leaders in Virtual Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (MTCT) in Bugesera District

The Mayor of Bugesera District Mr Rwagaju Louis presided over the opening ceremony, on Wednesday 1st September 2010, of a two days training workshop for community leaders that took place at Sun Rise in Bugesera District from 1 -2nd September 2010. He called upon the participants to always sensitize the population to fight (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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More Coverage of HIV/Aids Needed, says CNLS

Kigali — Members of the Rwanda Media Network against HIV/Aids (ABASIRWA) have been called upon to double their efforts towards the fight against the Aids scourge in the country. The call was made on Tuesday by Florida Utamuriza of the National AIDS Control Commission (CNLS) while officiating at a one-day workshop organised (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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National AIDS Control commission awarded in the 13th Rwanda International Trade Fair.

The Executive Secretary of the National AIDS Control Commission Dr Anita ASIIMWE, on behalf of CNLS, was given an award as the Gold Sponsor and received a certificate of appreciation at the end of 13th expo 2010 entitled “Rwanda International Trade Fair” that took place at Gikondo. The National AIDS Control Commission made (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Rwanda to meet MDG6 by reversing the spread of AIDS

“Over the past few years, Rwanda has made substantial progress in its efforts to meet MDG6, which calls for stopping the spread of HIV and reversing the HIV epidemic by 2015. For example, the expansion of services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and access to antiretroviral treatment and the introduction (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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The 6th Annual National Pediatric Conference on Children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS

PRESS RELEASE : "EDPRS Sectors’ Response to HIV and AIDS- Focus on the Education Sector" Kigali, November 17, 2010 : Over 400 policy makers, international and national researchers, children, health care providers, development partners and NGOs meet in Kigali, Rwanda from 17 - 19 November 2010 at Serena Hotel for a major (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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AIDS battle in Rwanda taken to the education sector

The 6th Annual National Pediatric Conference on Children infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, with a theme “EDPRS Sectors’ response to HIV/AIDS—Focus on the Education Sector” was opened Wednesday, to assess the achievements and share expert-formulated knowledge, to hear children’s voices in order to formulate evidence-based (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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HIV and AIDS impact severely on education—UNESCO expert

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has very strong bearing on the demand, quality and supply of education services, the Education Programme Specialist and EDUCAIDS Cluster Coordinator, in UNESCO, Dr Mathias Lansard has said. Presenting a paper on the link between HIV and AIDS and the education sector, successes, lessons learnt and (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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New article

When men consent to be tested for HIV status, they contribute to the elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT) of the virus. Prior knowledge of the parents’ HIV status triggers early preventive measures to ensure the delivery of a healthy baby. On the third day of the 6th Annual National Paediatric Conference on (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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No Complacency in HIV fight—Murigande

The 6th Annual National Paediatric Conference on Children infected and affected with HIV and AIDS, came to an end, Friday, with a call on all partners in the fight against the pandemic to work together and implement all the recommendations derived from the conference. Closing the conference, the Minister of Education, Dr. (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Official launching of the “National Accelerated Plan for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV”

Rwanda’s National Accelerated Plan for Women, Girls, Gender Equality and HIV 2010-2014 was unveiled on 10 November at an event at the Parliament, in the capital Kigali. The event was presided over by the First Lady of Rwanda, Ms Jeannette Kagame, along with the Speaker of the Rwandan Parliament, Ms Rose Mukantabana, the (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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PRESS RELEASE : “Protecting oneself and others against HIV is everyone’s responsibility. I choose to use CONDOMS”.

Kigali, November 29, 2010 : The World AIDS Day Campaign will be launched on the 1st December in Rubavu district, Western Province. During this World AIDS Day campaign the National AIDS Control commission in collaboration with its different partners will emphasize on the use, access and availability of condoms as a mean of (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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The new theme of World AIDS Day campaign 2010 announced yesterday

Kigali, November 30, 2010 :Under the theme : “Protecting oneself and others against HIV is everyone’s responsibility. I choose to use Condoms”, this year’s World AIDS Day campaign which is slated to take three months of national mobilization campaign, will be launched in Rubavu District. This was announced yesterday by the (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Emphasize access, availability and Use of condoms

Rwanda joined the the World on the 1st December 2010 to commemorate the World Aids Day with anti-HIV/AIDS campaigners putting more emphasis on the importance of condoms in the fight against the scourge. It has been a good accasion to launch a three months campaign during which CNLS and its partners will emphasize on the (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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The world is beginning to reverse the spread of HIV

In November 2010 UNAIDS reported that the AIDS epidemic had been halted and that the world is beginning to reverse the spread of HIV. In its flagship report, the 2010 UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic, UNAIDS reported that the rate of new HIV infections had been reduced by nearly 20% in the past 10 years, that AIDS (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Launching of the WAD Campaign in Rulindo district

Launching activities of the World AIDS Day Campaign were closed on January 11, 2011 at Rulindo District (Northern Province). The event was attended by a big turn up of people from the districts, districts authorities, and delegates from the National Aids Control Commission (CNLS). The delegation of CNLS was led by Florida (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Rwandan parliamentarians in 30 districts to promote the condom use

Musanze, January 29, 2011 : This Saturday Members of Rwanda Parliament in partnership with National AIDS Control Commission (CNLS) conducted a great mobilization action on condom use in all districts. About 50 members of the Parliament have joined CNLS on its 2010 campaign after community work (Umuganda) to address the (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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What is the impact of the CNLS-GLIA project in Rwanda from 2006 to 2010 ?

The Participative evaluation workshop on the achievements of the 2006-2010 CNLS-GLIA Rwanda project was held on 03rd February 2011 at LEMIGO Hotel in Kigali. The workshop that was launched by the Minister of Health Dr. Richard Sezibera attracted participants from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ministry of (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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No target for voluntary vasectomies

The Ministry of Health today set the record straight about its awareness campaign on voluntary vasectomies. The news that 700,000 Rwandans were to receive vasectomies was completely false and the result of an honest mistake by a local journalist who mixed up information on two separate Health Sector initiatives. The (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Vasectomy campaign is voluntary

Kigali 12th Feb 2011--- The Ministry of Health would like to clarify a controversy caused by a recent news article that wrongly attributed a voluntary government program aimed at encouraging family planning through vasectomy with a different campaign on male circumcision The article wrongly said government was targeting (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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MPs in Condom use sensitization at the National University of Rwanda

“It would be useless to talk about condom use to students if there was no sex in campus ; however, the fact that some female students become pregnant is a clear indication that there is still a risk to contract HIV/AIDS through unprotected sex. ” said the Deputy-Speaker of Chamber of Deputies Dr. Jean Damascene (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Booklet of testimonies from PLWHA as a tool for behavioral change communication

The Director in charge of Administration and Finance at CNLS Mr Gastone Rusiha has launched the ceremony of dissemination of Booklet of testimonies from people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) on Wednesday March 2, 2011 at Hotel Laico-Umubano. This booklet contains selected testimonies from a qualitative research conducted (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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The PrePex method signals a major revolution in male circumcision method - Dr Michel Sidibe

When visiting one of the sites of scaling up the a new male circumcision method as another strategy for accelerating HIV prevention in Rwanda at Nyamata Hospital Wednesday March 16th, 2011, the UNAIDS Executive Director, Dr Michel Sidibé said that what he had witnessed marks a revolution in terms of circumcision. “It’s a (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Many achievements in the world AIDS day campaign 2010 edition

Monday April 4th, 2011 : In the closing ceremonies of the World AIDS Day (WAD) campaign 2010 that took place at Nyanza stadium, south Province, the Minister of health Dr Richard Sezibera thanked Rwanda Biomedical Center through National AIDS Control Commission (RBC/CNLS) for its achievement in preparation and execution of (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Supervision field visit in Rwamagana District

Monday April 18th, 2011 : In the framework of the field visit supervision that will cover in total 15 districts of the Country namely Rubavu, Kicukiro, Musanze, Gakenke, Ngoma, Rwamagana, Kayonza, Nyanza, Ruhango, Huye, Gisagara, Karongi, Ngororero, Rusizi and Nyamasheke, the members of RBC/CNLS supervision team visited the (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Districts should have ownership of all activities geared to fight HIV and AIDS within their boundaries

From Monday 25th to Thursday 28 April 2011, an RBC/ CNLS team composed of Mutamuliza Florida, Sabine UMUHIRE, Danilo NTEBUTSI and Fulgence KAMALI were in districts of Nyanza and Ruhango, in Southern Province, on a supportive supervision visit . The RBC/CNLS delegation visits each district to hold meetings, with all (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Launch of the National initiative for elimination of MTCT in Rwanda

The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, officiated at the launching of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) campaign in Ruhuha Sector, Bugesera District, in the presence of the Minister of Health Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the Governor of Eastern Province, Dr Aissa Kirabo, the Executive Secretary of the National (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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First Lady’s Action to Eliminate Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV

Kigali 25th May 2011– During the course of a press conference held in the meeting room of the Ministry of Health this Wednesday 25 May, the Health Minister, Dr Agnès Binagwaho accompanied by the Director General of Imbuto Foundation Mme Radegonde Ndejuru, the Executive of RBC/CNLS Dr Anita Assimwe announced key activities for (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Coordination essential to fight AIDS – Kagame

NEW YORK :- President Paul Kagame, yesterday, called for stronger coordination and collaboration between member states in finding global solutions in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The President was speaking at the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS in New York, where more than 3,000 delegates are attending the (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Research on HIV and AIDS to improve Health Systems and services for Comprehensive HIV care

Kigali, June 9, 2011 : The Minister of Education Mr Habumuremyi Pierre Damien opened, this morning, the 6th International Conference for Exchange and Research on HIV and AIDS organized by RBC/CNLS in collaboration with partners. Over 400 international and national researchers, policy makers, health care providers, (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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UNAIDS governing board endorses measures to further strengthen the response to HIV

The governing body of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Programme Coordinating Board, met in Geneva from 21-23 June to review progress and put in place new measures to ensure greater efficiency and accountability in the AIDS response. UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, presented his (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Successful completion of the 6th International Conference for Research and Exchange on HIV/AIDS

Kigali Serena Hotel 10 June 2011 : The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana has officially closed the 6th Annual International Conference for Exchange and Research on HIV/AIDS held on 9th-10th June 2011, with the theme,” Improving Health System and Service Comprehensive HIV Care in Rwanda”, (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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The first licensing agreement to boost HIV drug access

US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences will allow generic drug makers to copy four HIV medicines under a deal announced Tuesday to give people in poor countries access to cheaper AIDS treatment. The agreement allows for the production of the HIV medicines tenofovir, emtricitabine, cobicistat, and elvitegravir as well as a (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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RBC/IHDPC awarded in the 14th Rwanda International Trade Fair.

The Head of HIV/AIDS Dr Nsanzimana Sabin, on behalf the Rwanda Biomedical Center/ Institute of HIV/AIDS Disease Prevention and Control (RBC/IHDPC), has received an award as the Gold Sponsor at the end of the 14th Rwanda International Trade Fair that took place at Gikondo. This exhibition was officially launched on 28th (...)

Posted on : 27/10/2011

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Community Leaders ready to mainstream HIV&AIDS in their daily activities

Following a 2 days training workshop organized by RBC/IHDPC for 284 community leaders from 30 districts, the participants have reiterated their will to be on the front line to mainstream HIV&AIDS in all strategies, activities and Programs developed in their sectors and districts. Those leaders have decided to help the (...)

Posted on : 23/10/2011

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The first licensing agreement to boost HIV drug access

US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences will allow generic drug makers to copy four HIV medicines under a deal announced Tuesday to give people in poor countries access to cheaper AIDS treatment. The agreement allows for the production of the HIV medicines tenofovir, emtricitabine, cobicistat, and elvitegravir as well as a (...)

Posted on : 23/10/2011

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UNAIDS governing board endorses measures to further strengthen the response to HIV

The governing body of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Programme Coordinating Board, met in Geneva from 21-23 June to review progress and put in place new measures to ensure greater efficiency and accountability in the AIDS response. UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, presented his (...)

Posted on : 23/10/2011

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The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture urged the youth to keep their virginity

Honorable Minister of Youth was the guest of honor in the launching ceremony of the 2011 World AIDS Day that was commemorated on 1 December 2011 at Amahoro Stadium in Gasabo district and officially launched the 3 months campaign which will concentrate efforts on reduction of HIV transmission among the youth. More than 5000 (...)

Posted on : 9/01/2011

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