Rwanda has made significant strides toward achieving universal health coverage, making it a model for development in Africa. In Rwanda’s Vision 2050, inspired national leadership and a committed population set out equally ambitious goals, envisioning Rwanda as a high-income country whose people enjoy universal access to equitable, high-quality health care.
To realize this vision, Rwanda must address significant development issues, achieving greater fiscal efficiency amidst slowing economic growth and high inflation, and changing cultural and social norms that still limit opportunities for women and other vulnerable populations. It has to overcome key technical challenges—such as siloed information systems, inefficient resource allocation, staffing shortages, and low health worker motivation.
With support from USAID, MSH will work closely with the Government of Rwanda and partner organizations to strengthen the capacity, leadership, and resiliency of the country’s health system. Through USAID Ireme, we will help improve cost efficiency and resource allocation, build management and governance skills across the health system, and strengthen workforce optimization. The name, Ireme, translates to quality in Kinyarwanda, which reflects our work to strengthen foundational systems to improve comprehensive, quality services for all. The five-year project (2023-2028) is supported by an all-Rwandan, women-led, gender-diverse leadership team that is equipped with the skills and experience needed to bring us closer to achieving the Vision 2050 goals. USAID Ireme aims to build on the achievements of previous MSH-led projects in Rwanda to further improve health outcomes and create lasting change.
MSH will apply a holistic, sustainable systems thinking for health approach and engage with communities, civil society, and private-sector partners to:
- Foster accountability through citizen engagement and effective governance
- Integrate data systems for better evidence-based decision making
- Strengthen allocation and use of financial and human resources
- Advance gender equity and social inclusion
Transitioning Rwanda’s Health Care: Official Launch of USAID Ireme
On December 8, 2023, USAID Ireme was officially launched, drawing over 200 participants from across the Rwandan health sector. The Chief of Party of USAID Ireme, Dr. Anita Asiimwe, presented the project’s expected impact, emphasizing a comprehensive approach across three key areas: optimizing health financing; strengthening leadership, management, and governance at all health care levels; and enhancing the management of the health workforce.
Request for Proposals for Conducting Accreditation Survey at Designated Hospitals
As part of its comprehensive approach to ensure provision of high quality and safe health care services to the people of Rwanda, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has adopted healthcare facility accreditation as a priority strategy to create a sustainable process for implementing and measuring achievements in continuous improvement of health care services throughout the country.
To support this activity, the MOH, in collaboration with USAID Ireme, intends to procure and engage local organizations to conduct the 2024 hospital accreditation survey to measure compliance toward quality standards in designated public sector provincial and district hospitals using the Rwanda Hospital Accreditation Standards and the Rwanda Hospital Accreditation Standards Performance Assessment Toolkit.
Closing submission date: January 4, 2024
Chief of Party
Dr. Anita Asiimwe, MD, MSH’s Chief of Party of the USAID Ireme project, has 20 years of experience improving health systems in Rwanda. A former Rwandan Minister of State in charge of public health and primary health care, Dr. Asiimwe is a leader in Rwanda’s health sector.
Before joining MSH, Dr. Asiimwe led the Rwandan agency that developed and implemented national early childhood development strategies; co-led agencies that were responsible for setting strategies in multiple infectious disease areas, including HIV and AIDS; and was instrumental in developing the first national noncommunicable diseases policy and strategy.
Dr. Asiimwe served as a Global Fund Board member representing the Eastern and Southern Africa Constituency and co-chaired the Global Fund Board Strategy, Investment, and Impact Committee. She is a founding member of the Africa Constituency Bureau, which supports African leadership in advocating for increased resources at the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, TB, and malaria. Dr. Asiimwe is a medical doctor and holds a master’s in public health from the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom.
Donors & Partners
The United States Agency for International Development
Health Information Systems Program (HISP) Rwanda
Centre for Impact, Innovation, and Capacity building for Health Information Systems and Nutrition (CIIC-HIN)