Rwandan reproductive health services rewarded
Rwanda has won the 2012 Resolve Award for innovation in service delivery for the efforts made towards family planning and universal access to reproductive health services. Rwanda was rewarded together with Nepal, Malawi, Ethiopia and Yemen.
The award, given out at the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, recognises the strides taken by the government and its commitment to vision 2020 that aims to transform the country into a middle-income one in which Rwandans are healthier, educated and generally more prosperous.
The director general of clinical services in the ministry of health, Dr. Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, highlighted the country’s strides in improving maternal and reduction of child mortality. He added that most achievements are attributed to the government’s investment in health at all levels as well as the strong political as testified by the performance contracts.
From 2005-2010 Rwanda’s total fertility rate (TFR) dropped from 6.1 to 4.6. During this period, contraceptive prevalence increased from 10% to 45%.