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Dual Clinical Practice Policy

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

The overall objective of this policy is to increase the access to quality health services provided in the public health facilities and retain highly skilled health professionals (medical doctors and dental surgeons) in the public sector.

Rwanda 2020 Health

Law amending Law n°03/2015 of 02/03/2015 governing the organisation of community-based health insurance scheme; Law relating to the protection of the child; and Law determining the organisation and functioning of faith-based organisations

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

It amends Article 5 of Law n° 03/2015 of 02/03/2015 governing the organization of the community based health insurance scheme; determines special rights of the child, subject to other rights provided for him/her by other law; and determines organisation and functioning of faith-based organisations.

Rwanda 2015 Health

Law Establishing the Rwanda Food and Medicines Authority

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

The law establishes the Rwanda food and medicines authority (RFMA). It determines its mission, organization, and functioning. The authority enjoys financial and administrative autonomy, as well as legal personality. The RFMA is charged with quality control and standardisation with regards to food and pharmaceutical products.

Rwanda 2013 Health

Instructions on Hygiene in the City of Kigali

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

“Highlights of the instructions of the city of kigali council relating to hygiene in the city. The instructions seek to; Promote hygiene and sanitation in the City
of Kigali, set up fundamental principles relating to hygiene protection in all ways, promote social welfare of the population of the City of Kigali taking into account the promotion of hygiene and prevention of diseases caused by poor hygiene, and sensitise the residents of the City of Kigali on hygiene-based sustainable development”.

Rwanda 2016 Health

Law Establishing Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

The law establishes the Rwanda food and drugs authority, and determines its mission, organization, and functioning. The law regulates among others; human and veterinary drugs and vaccines, herbal medicines, medicated cosmetics, tobacco and tobacco products, and laboratory and cleaning chemicals and pesticides.

Rwanda 2018 Health

National Nutrition Policy

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Nutrition is a key element enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals of the UN. The events of the 90s left Rwandans in a poor nutritional situation. Various government interventions like the community based nutritional scheme has done little to alleviate the dire situation. Issues of maternal and child malnutrition are still rampant and consequently contributing significantly to the high morbidity and mortality rate in Rwanda. This policy highlights government’s renewed vigor towards holistically tackling the issue of malnutrition through the enactment of effective guiding principles, strategies, and implementation guidelines for effective nutrition interventions.

Rwanda 2007 Health

Roadmap for Further Development of the Rwanda Health Sector Wide Approach (SWAP)

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

“This Roadmap plan discusses the current stage in the SWAp development process and gives short term and medium term recommendations for further steps towards a full SWAp. The government, through its ministry of health’s objective to grow towards an environment in the health sector of “One plan, one budget, one report” illustrates the felt need for harmonisation and alignment, so that jointly used systems lead to strengthened ministry leadership, increased effectiveness, efficiency, as well as transparency / mutual accountability. The purpose of this roadmap is not to replace HSSP framework and ongoing reforms. The adopted roadmap focuses specifically on actions towards enhancing a SWAp environment”.

Rwanda 2010 Health

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Policy

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, injuries and disabilities, oral, eye, and kidney diseases and other non-communicable diseases contribute significantly to mortality and morbidity rate. This policy will be integrated into existing health programs and will contribute towards achievement of the targets in the MDGs, EDPRS II, and the vision 2020. This policy aims to address challenges faced in combatting NCDs as they epidemiologically transition from infectious to chronic in Rwanda.

Rwanda 2015 Health

Health Financing Sustainability Policy

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Mainly based on the health sector policy, this policy is also closely related with the health financing policy of 2010 which guides the sourcing of finances for health sector programs. The plan recognizes the steady progress of these policies and plans. It hopes to drive sustainability of these policies and explore new ways of financing the health sector to further drive government’s vision for universal health coverage.

Rwanda 2015 Health

National Human Resources for Health Policy

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Technological advancements have been directed at handling human resources challenges. This strategy recognizes the current gap in health sector targets with regards to health workers-inhabitants ratio. This policy document aims to provide guidelines towards planning, monitoring, and coordination of human resources in the health sector.

Rwanda 2014 Health

Health Sector Research Policy

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

The government of Rwanda through its ministry of health acknowledges the important role effectively conducted research plays in ensuring sustainability of knowledge-based policies and strategies. Knowledge based policies ensure maximum benefit is achieved from implementation of such policies. This policy therefore defines the scope of health sector research and the guidelines to ensure researches are carried out in coordinated manners. It provides solutions to challenges inherent in health sector research.

Rwanda 2012 Health

Fourth Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP IV) (2018-2024)

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

This national policy on health sector spans a 7-year period. It hopes to serve as a guidance for the coordination and implementation of activities in the health sector. It builds and learns from the HSSP III. It analyzes the health sector holistically and is aligned with other relevant national and international declarations including Rwanda’s vision 2050, National Strategy for Transformation, and the UN’s SDGs.

Rwanda 2017 Health

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Strategic Plan (2018-2024)

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

This strategic plan for EMS acknowledges the success achieved so far, and the challenges bedeviling the delivery of the EMS in Rwanda. This plan serves both as an overview of the EMS in Rwanda and a way to address prevalent challenges. It ultimately pursues ensuring emergency medical services are provided efficiently and effectively to reduce mortality and morbidity to the barest minimum. It is aligned with other important plans, policies, and targets like the HSSP, vision 2020, and the SDGs.

Rwanda Health

Emergency Medicine Clinical Guidelines

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

Medical emergencies are inevitabilities, even in the most developed countries. The Government of Rwanda however realizes the underdeveloped nature of its emergency system which contributes in no small measure to mortality rates in the country. The clinical guidelines recognizes the poor way healthcare handlers manage emergency situations. The guidelines contained in this document is therefore relevant to incoming and existing healthcare practitioners in Rwanda. It points out the basic concepts required to effectively handle and manage emergency medical situations in Rwanda.

Rwanda Health

National Community Health Strategic Plan (2013-2018)

Ministry of Health, Rwanda

This strategic plan on community health builds on the national community health policy of 2009 and is aligned with other important policies including; the EDPRS and the HSSP III. It attempts to learn from the challenges faced and the experiences garnered by previous interventions that were driven towards addressing the limited access to primary health care (PHC) in Rwanda. The government recognizes the multifaceted nature of the causes of limited access to PHC. It calls for intensified efforts to ensure deeper delivery of the comprehensive community health packages which include among others; Community Case Management (CCM), Mother and New Health program, Family Planning, Environmental Health and Hygiene, and the Community Based Nutrition Program. The National Community Health Strategic Plan ultimately aims to reduce maternal and child mortality through the comprehensive community health packages.

Rwanda 2013 Health