Rwanda

Central Program

Water for Africa Through Leadership and Institutional Support

WALIS is bolstering the ability of African leaders, donors, and stakeholders to use data and analyses to shape WASH strategies, plans, and budgets. WALIS provides technical, programmatic, administrative, and logistical support to improve the capacity of African water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector. DAI Global leads the WALIS Team that includes engagement with multiple partners and key investors in Africa’s WASH sector.

Country Profile

Rwanda

Rwanda remains one of the world’s poorest countries, though its progress since the 1994 genocide has been remarkable. Between 2011 to 2014—just three years—poverty dropped from approximately 60 percent to 40 percent. Between 1990 and 2015, the country reduced the under-5 child mortality rate by two-thirds and achieved an extraordinary 85 percent decline in maternal mortality. Rwanda has an abundance of water resources, but improvements to water access remain slow.

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Big Gains in Access to Safe Drinking Water: How Four African Countries Did It … and How Others Can, Too

In 1990, the East African nation of Ethiopia stood among the nations in most dire need of water development. Seventeen years of war had left its government and systems in disarray. Only 11 percent of its more than 48 million people had access to piped or other improved water sources; the rest used unimproved sources such as unprotected wells and carted drums. Predictably, Ethiopia and countries in similar straits suffered through high rates of communicable, pandemic, and vector-borne disease, child mortality, and other challenges tied to water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Activity

Family Health Project

The objective of the Rwanda Family Health Project (FHP) is to increase the use of district-level facility and community-based family health (FH) services. For the purpose of this activity, “family health” includes an integrated package of services related to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV/AIDS, maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH), malaria prevention and treatment, nutrition, and safe water and hygiene.

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Rwanda Integrated Water Security Program

The primary goal of the Rwanda Integrated Water Security Program (RIWSP) is to improve the sustainable management of water quantity and quality to positively impact human health, food security, and resiliency to climate change for vulnerable populations in targeted catchments in Rwanda. The RIWSP program pursued this goal by:

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Rwanda Social Marketing Program

The focus of the project was to increase awareness of and engagement with the community and this focus saw new milestones in delivering sustainable health impact across the 6 health areas namely: HIV prevention, malaria, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition as well as water and sanitation During this year, SFH Rwanda started implementing a new HIV prevention service, mobile HTC branded Moonlight targeting key and priority population including surrounding communities (General population).

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Twiyubake - Integrated Strengthening for Vulnerable Populations

Known locally as the USAID/Twiyubake1 Program, the ISVP Program aims to improve the protection of at least 50,000 vulnerable populations from adverse circumstances in 12 target districts of Rwanda. This work reducesthe risk and impact of health conditions like HIV/AIDS on vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations are defined as people living with HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and members of the household caring for these two groups, very poor households (especially female- and widow-headed households), and out of school young people, especially girls.

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Turengere Abana Program

Through USAID/ PEPFAR, “Turengere Abana Program “ let us protect the children Program; FXB Rwanda received a grant to support vulnerable households permanently escape poverty by providing a comprehensive package of support, helping households and community / sector groups develop livelihood projects and lasting sources of income as well as building sustainable community/ sector social networks and referral mechanisms.

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Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development

The PREPARED Project was a five year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of East Africa economies, transboundary and freshwater ecosystems and communities targeting three key development challenges of East Africa. These were also high priority areas for the U.S. Government (USG), which includes climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation and water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).