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The mission of the WHO Rwanda Country Office is to promote the attainment of the highest sustainable level of health by all people living in Rwanda through collaboration with the government and other partners in health development and the provision of technical and logistic support to country programmes.

  • ‘Equality for women, progress for all’ – WHO Rwanda supports International Women’s Day On Saturday 8th March, the world marked International Women’s Day and celebrated the progress made by women globally, whilst illuminating the progress that still has to be made to guarantee equity for women. This year, the global theme for international Women’s day was: ‘equality for women, is progress for all’. In line with this theme, from the 10th – 21st March, the United Nations held the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) at the UN…
  • Rwanda commemorates World TB Day Monday 24th March 2014 was world TB Day. World TB Day was designed to commemorate the discovery of the TB causing bacteria, tuberculosis bacillus by Dr. Robert Koch in 1882. Currently, TB is still endemic in many nations around the world and affects 9 million people each year, and kills 1.3 million annually. In Rwanda, 6000 cases of TB were notified in 2013, 2000 of which were in Kigali and 60% smear positive. As such, TB is still a huge…
  • Rwanda continues to prioritise maternal and child health : MCH week launch event On Tuesday 11th March 2014, Maternal and Child Health Week Rwanda was launched in Gisagara district. Rwanda is a high performing country on track to reach MDG 4 and 5. This progress made can be attributed to a combination of strategies employed to strengthen the Rwandan health system and make quality of services accessible to a wide population. However, as in most sub-Saharan African countries, Rwanda still bears a heavy burden on high maternal mortality (476/100000 live births), neonatal mortality…
  • Launching of hygiene national campaign and global hand washing day in Rwanda 2014 On 16th January 2014, Rwanda officially launched a six-month national campaign to improve personal, domestic and public places hygiene. The ceremony took place at a Primary School in Nkombo Island, in Rusizi District, in Western Province. The technical and financial part for the launching has been supported by WHO and UNICEF among others. The Guest of Honour of this ceremony was Dr Jean de Dieu NGIRABEGA, Deputy Director General in charge HIV/AIDS and Disease Prevention and Control at the Rwanda…
  • The World No Tobacco Day 2013 in Rwanda « Second hand smoke kills » Rwanda has celebrated the World No Tobacco Day on 14 June 2013. The theme worldwide was "Ban to Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship". In Rwanda, the theme has been adapted to the current priority in fighting against tobacco, which is "Second Hand Smoke Kills". Activities along the previous week to the celebration day were oriented to sensitization activities reminding communities to not smoke in public places and closed areas. The messages were conveyed to…