KIGALI, Rwanda, Sept. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ministry of
Health of Rwanda, the non-profit
organization Society for Family Health Rwanda and global healthcare
company Abbott (NYSE: ABT) are today announcing the grand opening
of a second-generation health post in Gikundamvura Cell, Ruhuha
Sector, Bugesera District. The new health post is part of a program
to help bring accessible, affordable and enhanced quality health
services to rural communities in Rwanda.
Today, 83 percent of Rwandans live in rural areas and many have
to walk long distances or arrange costly transport to access health
services. Compared to first-generation health posts that offer a
limited menu of basic services, second-generation health posts
represent a new model by providing expanded primary health care
services – including annual health check-ups, a greater array of
diagnostic testing for infectious diseases, ante-natal and maternal
care, and management of non-communicable disease such as diabetes –
within a 30-minute walk of all Rwandans' homes. The new health
posts are intended to improve patient outcomes and quality of life,
while reducing the workload at higher levels of care, such as
health centres and district hospitals.
"Second-generation health posts will help Rwanda address gaps in health care service
delivery, especially in our rural areas," said Diane Gashumba,
M.D., Minister of Health, Rwanda.
"After completing the pilot phase, we look forward to scaling up
across the country and realizing gains in economic productivity
from a healthier nation."
The second-generation health post initiative is named "Icyuzuzo"
– the Kinyarwanda word meaning "to contribute to what is being
done" to achieve the universal health coverage targets.
Abbott is funding the construction of eight second-generation
health posts in Bugesera, as part of a program to assess the
sustainability of an expanded treatment and care model. Four of the
eight new health posts will be equipped with maternity wards; the
other four, which are closest to existing maternity wards at health
centres, will have kits for emergency deliveries.
The Society for Family Health Rwanda and Abbott employees have
also provided basic business skills training — such as
budgeting and inventory management — to help ensure that the health
post operators thrive and to enable the long-term sustainability of
the independently operated health posts.
"We're helping to bring primary care capabilities closer to home
for more people by building these new health posts with the goal of
saving lives and reducing healthcare costs," said Jenna Daugherty, divisional vice president,
Global Citizenship and Sustainability, Abbott. "With this
pioneering approach, we aim to demonstrate the health economics and
benefits to patients of expanding second-generation health post
services across Rwanda and in
other African countries."
About Healthcare in Rwanda
Rwanda has achieved great improvements in
several key health indicators, including maternal mortality and
other health outcomes. By investing in health systems and universal
health insurance, the government of Rwanda has improved its citizens' life
expectancy and expanded access to healthcare. As a result, the
country has climbed to 11th out of 51 African countries
in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
aimed at improving health, as well as fighting poverty, protecting
the environment and reducing inequality.
However, there is also evidence of deficiencies in Rwanda's health system, particularly in rural
areas where there are further opportunities to improve maternal and
neonatal health, reduce infectious disease cases and improve
management of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes
and cardiovascular disease.
About the Society for Family Health Rwanda
for Family Health (SFH) Rwanda was established in 2012 to
improve the health of Rwandan communities by providing readily
accessible life-saving products, accurate health information, and
services that empower communities to make informed and healthy
SFH's major interventions are centered on promotion of behavior
change practices through innovation in health communication and
social marketing in areas related to: HIV/AIDS; malaria; family
planning; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; and maternal
and child health.
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