Health Systems Strengthening Project Launched in Rwanda

 {Photo credit: MSH}Attendees at the Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening Activity launch in Kigali.Photo credit: MSH

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), Rwanda’s Ministry of Health (MOH), and implementing partner Management Sciences for Health (MSH) launched the Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening Activity (RHSSA) in Kigali on Tuesday.

Development partners and guests of honor Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho and USAID Rwanda Mission Director Peter Malnak attended the event. The five-year project officially began on November 17, 2014.

“We are thrilled to be able to continue our partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health through the Rwanda Health System Strengthening project,” said Dr. Apolline Uwayitu, RHSSA Country Director and MSH Rwanda Country Representative.

RHSSA will build on the work of previous health systems strengthening projects to help the Rwanda Government build its capacity to plan, lead, and implement strategic interventions aimed at strengthening key health system structures and processes, while building country ownership. By using knowledge- and evidence-based practices, and focusing on monitoring and evaluation of the system, RHSSA will help the Rwandan health system deliver higher quality services at a better value to the entire population.

“It’s not just enough to have data -– we need to ensure that data is used, knowledge created, and we have to make sure that those data are used and understood by every practitioner,” Malnak said. 

The project will help move the Rwandan health system toward independence from international donors by mobilizing domestic and private sector resources to expand financing for the health sector, while supporting more effective decentralization of health planning, management, and service delivery.

“We are running our sector with the spirit of entrepreneurship and [RHSSA] will contribute to equitable and sustainable health services for all Rwandans,” said Minister Binagwaho.

The project will aim to achieve its results through leadership and governance, health financing, public and private partnerships, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation, data use, and research and knowledge management.