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Senior Command and Staff Course 05 conducted a National Study Tour on Rwanda’s Health Policies, Strategies and Initiatives

Musanze 13 February 2017

Rwanda Defence Force Command and Staff College in its mission to develop students’ intellectual ability of understanding national, regional and global security challenges, organised a study tour on Health Sector from 6th - 11th February 2017 for Senior Command and Staff Course 05.

The theme of the study tour was “Rwanda’s health sector policies and initiatives and how they contribute towards sustainable peace, security and economic development”.

The tour aimed at providing first-hand information on the status of Rwandan health sector, the existing policies and initiatives that are there to maintain and improve the already existing impressive performance.

After a policy level briefing by the Minister of Health at the Ministry HQ, the course divided into four teams and dispersed to the 4 provinces and selected districts, namely: Burera and Gakenke in the Northern Province, Kirehe and Ngoma in Eastern Province, Muhanga and Nyamagabe in Southern Province, Rutsiro and Ngororero in Western Province.

At province level, teams met with the Governors and were briefed on the implementation of health policies, programmes and initiatives. Thereafter, teams visited provincial referral/teaching hospitals.

A group photo with the Governor Western Province

A group photo with the Governor Southern Province

A group photo with the Governor Northern Province

A group photo with the Governor Eastern Province

During interactions with various leaders, health sector officials and citizens who are the beneficiaries of the health services, students managed to learn about challenges involved but also home-grown solutions to address those challenges, the achievements so far and the way forward.

On the second leg, Districts Hospitals were visited to observe how health services contribute to the wellbeing of the population by providing quality health services that are acceptable and accessible to the majority of people.

The last leg of the tour was to visit different Health centres and Health posts and conduct interviews with different stakeholders at grass root level.

Students sought perceptions of communities members about health services provided to them.

Most importantly, the tour gave students an opportunity to get feedback from the communities who are beneficiaries of health services and other socio-economic programmes, hence linking health sector policies, programmes and initiatives to peace, security and economic development.

Students and faculty staff appreciated the effort, commitment and cooperation offered by various leaders, health sector officials and the people.

The tour ended on Saturday 11th February 2017.