The New Year Brings New Challenges in Fighting COVID in Rwanda

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our health systems strengthening work is proving more crucial than ever. As part of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, Health Builders is working closely with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to decrease the spread of this disease by helping to track suspected cases, raising community awareness, and enforcing prevention measures in the health centers and the surrounding communities.

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to ravage health care systems and communities across the globe. The situation in Rwanda is becoming more alarming than ever. According to the Rwanda Biomedical Center, 60% of the cases and 65% of deaths have occurred in the last 45 days.

Although there is hope that the first cohort of vaccines will be soon ready for distribution, it will take months, or even years, to scale up to full coverage given the limitation of resources in this small, developing East African country. There is an unprecedented need to join efforts to contain the outbreak.

Health Builders has been supporting the government to mitigate the spreading of the virus. An example of this would be when we recently hosted a training for healthcare workers from 16 health centers in Nyabihu district, in the northwest of Rwanda, on infection prevention and control. The goal was to equip them with necessary knowledge and skills to preserve their own and patients’ safety during this precarious moment.

As COVID-19 continues spreading, Health Builders is committed to strengthening the outbreak preparedness in the 52 health centers we support to help curb the spread of the pandemic and preserve the existing health services.

Thank you for your continued support, which makes our work possible.