USAID Celebrates Contributions of Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening Project

May 15, 2019

USAID Celebrates Contributions of Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening Project

Over the past five years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has invested in measures to strengthen and sustain Rwanda’s health sector through its Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening (RHSS) Project (2014-2019).

In a ceremony at the Kigali Serena Hotel, USAID, the Ministry of Health (MoH), as well as the implementing partner, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), marked the culmination and remarkable achievements of the five-year effort to strengthen the country’s health sector.

The RHSS Project represents USAID’s continued commitment to support Rwanda on its journey to sustainable improvements in the health of its 12 million people.

[100 participants joined the end of project celebration on May 14, 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo credit: Ange de la Victoire D.]

The overall goal of the RHSS Project was to support the Ministry of Health to improve population health outcomes. The project did this by strengthening the performance of the health system at the national and decentralized levels. It also increased the resilience of the health sector to respond to new health challenges, such as decreasing outside funding to the health sector or the recurrent emergence of Ebola in the sub-region.

The RHSS Project strongly supported the implementation of Rwanda’s Health Sector Strategic Plans and contributes to Rwanda’s Vision 2020 for a health system that guarantees universal and equitable access to quality health care for all people in Rwanda. The RHSS Project was implemented by MSH in partnership with Banyan Global, Jembi Health Systems, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the University of Rwanda School of Public Health.

[Left to right: Lisa Godwin, USAID Rwanda Health Office Director and Leslie Marbury, USAID Head of Mission in Rwanda. Photo credit: MSH Rwanda]

“In total, by working hand-in-hand with the Government of Rwanda, this project has been integral in laying the foundations for a successful and sustainable health system in Rwanda,” said USAID Mission Director, Leslie Marbury. The project focused on five strategic areas: effective leadership and governance, sustainable health financing and private sector engagement, improved quality of care, evidence based decision making, and a mobilized, skilled workforce.

The main achievements of the RHSS Project, include the following:

Learn more about the project

Read the final report