300 families affected by disasters received irons sheets and agriculture materials

Rwanda Red Cross supported 300 families affected by heavy rains and windstream disasters in the end of 2017 and earlier this 2018 in Huye and Bugesera Districts.

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In response to the call of affected families in 17 sectors of Huye and Bugesera districts, Rwanda Red Cross distributed 5100 iron sheets to 300 families from the two districts with the support from Spanish Red Cross. Each family received 17 iron sheets, a hoe, a watering can, a pick fork, and a shovel.

“My home rooftop was demolished by wind-stream in the middle of the night when we were all asleep and collapsed. Then it started raining on us during that very long night. But by God’s grace, I managed to survive with all my 7 children.”

Nyiranteziryayo Speciose a single mother of 7 is one of the 123 households most affected by heavy rains that hit Bugesera district in Rwanda ’s Eastern Province whose husband left alone with kids after disasters, received iron sheets and non-food supplies including agriculture materials from Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS)

“We really appreciate this Rwanda Red Cross support to the local communities affected by disasters. But as we always reminds you don’t be expecting for every days help. Good enough, Rwanda Red Cross gave you some agriculture  materials to help you going back to your fields. ” Said Mukura Sector Executive Secretary

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The local Governance representative addressing to beneficiaries

“Rwanda Red Cross helps the most vulnerable, and in this concept we work closely with the local governance to guide our volunteers while identifying who are in need the most. We know that this aid is not going to solve all the problems caused by the disasters but at least we managed to offer a small number of iron sheets and basics agriculture materials, hoping that you will be able to maintain them. We shall continue to be with you as we always did,” said Ndimbati Pierre Claver, Rwanda Red Cross

To contribute to a social environment of love for the disaster victims, Rwanda Red Cross had visited affected families after the incidents, provided a moral and financial support to restore their household life, access to safe water, food security and promotion of good health practices.

Detailed assessments conducted indicated that the heavy rains which hit From October 2017 to January 2018 caused floods and landslides that claimed more than 230 lives countrywide, destroyed crops and a lot of infrastructure including roads, bridges, schools, and  houses.

Rwanda Red Cross 2018/19 Imihigo to focus on livelihood and disaster risk reduction

Signing

Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) district committee Representatives from all 30 districts across the country have signed performance contracts with the National Society’s President Dr. Bwito Paul as a symbol of commitment from volunteers to further the Red Cross’ mission of alleviating human suffering through a clear and shared vision.

“We are moving away from output to result-based Imihigo (the Kinyarwanda word for performance contracts) with focus on ensuring that our everyday activities bring tangible and sustainable change in people’s lives,” the Rwanda Red Cross President noted at a meeting to sign these plans and commitments into force.

Performance contracts are signed each year between Red Cross district committees and the Governing Board represented by the President to highlight priorities, ensure accountability, implement a shared vision and expedite quality community programming.

Performance contracts were signed under the “Strengthening the Model Village Approach for sustainable community resilience” which is a continuation from last year.

The Model Village Approach is an integrated community development strategy utilised by RRCS to address multifaceted livelihood and environmental challenges through a series of initiatives.

In 2017/18, RRCS focused its interventions in 92 villages distributed across the country where it implemented health promotion initiatives, supported increased access to potable water, access to an improved latrine for vulnerable households, livelihood support channeled through community groups among others.

Also, the National Society kept its position as a first responder to disaster emergencies being there for thousands of Rwandan families that were affected by unprecedented harsh natural disasters.

“RRCS among others provided support to 9,728 households implying over 48,600 people affected by disasters by providing core relief household non-food items.

In disaster risk reduction, Red Cross planted 411,723 forest trees to contribute to covering Rwanda’s steep slopes and in efforts to reduce landslides and destructive soil erosion among other initiatives aimed at reducing the effects of climate change on the community.

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The signed Imihigo for the year 2018-2019 are implementing the Red Cross’ Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

This five year Strategic Plan is designed as a tool to facilitate visionary contribution to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Rwandan Vision 2020, the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy 2, the International Federation of Red Cross’ Strategy 2020 and the Red Cross Movement’s One Billion Coalition on empowering communities towards sustainable resilience.

Red Cross Societies as envisaged in the Geneva Conventions and the Red Cross Movement Statutes ratified by State Parties to the Conventions are auxiliary institutions to public authorities in humanitarian work, helping the Government address humanitarian imperatives through their (Red Cross Societies) networks of volunteers and members.

The 2018/19 performance contracts especially focus on reinforcing livelihood support to most vulnerable households and communities through mobilising for improved health practices, poverty reduction and food security among others on the one hand and disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response strategies on the other while also continuing to strengthen the Rwanda Red Cross’ institutional capacities for continued contribution to National development and alleviation of suffering.

The signing of performance contracts for a volunteer based organisation such as the Red Cross ensures that initiatives are based on clearly envisioned goals and that strategies used are thoroughly thought-out and broadly generated.

Musabyimana Valentine, one of HMP project beneficiary improved her living conditions

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Musabyimana’s well feed kids at school

Rwanda Red Cross through its project HMP (Historically Marginalized People) financed by Danish Red Cross has accomplished remarquable achievements. Musabyimana Valentine, one of beneficiaries from Gicumbi district gives her testimony showing how with her family she improved her living conditions.

Musabyimana says “before joining the HMP project I was very poor and my children were suffering from malnutrition. After getting a cow from Rwanda Red Cross through HMP project, the life conditions of my family have changed significantly. The milk has helped me a lot. In my family we drink and other we sell. 7 liters are sold every day. For that we get 37,800 Rwandan Francs a month which help my family to get basic needs including salt, sugar, clothes, foods etc. The milk helps me and my family to fight against malnutrition. With milk my children will be healthy.

I am very happy since I have got a cow from Rwanda Red Cross through HMP project. The cow gives us organic manure, thus we increased the crops”.

Musabyimana Valentine continues her testimony saying that she received a sheep from HMP project. This produced 6 sheep in 2 years. Every time, it produced 2 babies.  The new born also produced 6 sheep. Like the cow, the sheep gave them organic manure to be used to fertilize soil.

Without hiding her joy, Valentine Musabyimana said “I bought a piece of land at 120,000 Rwf, from benefits of milk production (60,000 Frw), and from benefit of 3 sheep which I sold at 60,000 Rwf. Actually, I get good crops like my neighbors”.

HMP project operates in Gicumbi, Musanze and in Burera district. It supports 500 families in the three districts, where Rwanda Red Cross with the support of Danish Red Cross built 61 houses and more than 150 houses have been rehabilitated.  57 Cows were distributed and more than 250 sheep given to vulnerable, historically marginalized people.

Red Cross emblem must be respected

On 19 August the World wide commemorates people who lost their lives working for humanitarian issues.

On the occasion of this day, Mr. Karamaga Apollinaire, Rwanda Red Cross Secretary General said “Humanitarian activities are Red Cross concern. We intervene rescuing people affected by disasters or armed conflicts. Our volunteers and staff in such difficult situations struggle to find basic needs: water, food, shelter etc. 19 August is a day of commemorating those who lost their lives when they were in humanitarian service.

As Rwanda Red Cross is concerned, we are not spared. With the World Humanitarian Day, we remember one driver and two volunteers killed when they were in intervention during the period of attacks of infiltrates in 1997.
When we remember these volunteers and staff, we call everyone to respect Red Cross emblem. This is used to protect people who are in intervention helping affected people. It is very important to respect them because they work for humanitarian causes”.

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to honor aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.

Musabyimana Valentine, one of HMP project beneficiary improved her living conditions

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Musabyimana Children at school smiling during HMP follow up visit

 

Rwanda Red Cross’s project HMP (Historically Marginalized People) supported by Danish Red Cross revealed success according to Musabyimana Valentine, one of Gicumbi district beneficiaries who increased her living conditions as a profit of the project.

“Before being part of the project beneficiaries my children were suffering from malnutrition. After receiving a cow and sheep from Rwanda Red Cross through HMP project, my life conditions have changed significantly. I have enough milk for my family and for sale. I earn 37,800 Rwandan Francs a month from that cow. And with such income my family get basic needs including salt, sugar, clothes, foods etc.  The cow fertilizes my crops, and my kids are healthy too”. She sais.

“Besides, I bought a piece of land at 120, 000 Rwf from milk and sheep sales.

HMP project operates in Gicumbi, Musanze and in Burera district. It supports 500 families in the three districts, where Rwanda Red Cross with the support of Danish Red Cross built 61 houses and more than 150 houses have been rehabilitated.  57 Cows were distributed and more than 250 sheep given to vulnerable, historically marginalized people.

Red Cross Day celebrated in Kirehe, highlights achievements towards supporting refugee and host communities

On 11 May 2018, the Rwanda Red Cross celebrated the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Day globally marked every 8th May in memory of Henry Dunant, the Movement’s founder.

In Kirehe district located in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) as an auxiliary to public authorities has engaged in many activities aimed at supporting people affected by different life events as well as in addressing underlying vulnerabilities especially poverty.

In his remarks at the celebrations, Kirehe district Mayor Gerald Muzungu noted “Our journey as a district has benefited from Rwanda Red Cross support for many years. From late 1990s in resettling Rwandan returnees until today, we are still together. We greatly appreciate your contribution to making the lives of our people better.”

Among others, Muzungu noted that RRCS has helped construct 422 decent sheltesr for most vulnerable families in the district.

Currently, Kirehe is home to Rwanda’s biggest refugee camp, Mahama hosting over 55,000 Burundian refugees.

Kirehe district has been home to Mahama refugee camp hosting over 50,000 Burundian refugees for the last three years and Rwanda Red Cross  volunteers have been implementing a series of activities targeted at the most vulnerable iamong the refugee population

Kirehe district has been home to Mahama refugee camp hosting over 50,000 Burundian refugees for the last three years and Rwanda Red Cross volunteers have been implementing a series of activities targeted at the most vulnerable iamong the refugee population

Since its establishment in 2015 following an influx of Burundians fleeing political unrest that engulfed their native Burundi due to a contested third term of the incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza, RRCS with support from various actors of the International Red Cross Movement has been present supporting both the refugee and host community in the district’s rural sector of Mahama.

Among others, RRCS’ services in the camp include providing first aid to the sick and transporting the ill to health centres and hospitals in and around the camp.

First aid includes providing psychosocial support to those that are psychologically troubled. This also includes and is linked to services of restoring family links through the use of Red Cross messages and free phone calls.

Refugees at the Red Cross office in Kirehe receiving tracing services. The Red Cross is using Red Cross messages and free phone calls to help reestablish severed family links

Refugees at the Red Cross office in Kirehe receiving tracing services. The Red Cross is using Red Cross messages and free phone calls to help reestablish severed family links

Still within the public health domain, RRCS is engaged in community mobilization using innovative approaches such as mobile cinema and radio that utilize principles of entertainment education to sensitise on hygiene and sanitation, disease prevention, sexual and reproductive health and on the prevention of gender based violence among others.

With regards to access to lifesaving items, RRCS has contributed to the provision of much needed nonfood items like sanitary equipment including menstrual hygiene management kits, soap, clothing, mattresses, lighting and cooking energy solutions and many more.

Additionally, refugee households were supported to establish modern, space-friendly vegetable gardens, given a variety of improved vegetable seeds, all of which empowered them to contribute with dignity to their wellbeing and health.

The National Society led other actors in embarking on efforts towards strengthening local host-community capacities to deal with and embrace the changes and pressures exerted on their local resources by the over 50,000 additional residents of the camp.

Most vulnerable families in the host community were bound to feel the pressure even the more, hence the focus on supporting their households to become more resilient and build them socially and economically.

Sendugu Bernard who lives with disability is one of the recipients of cows. He says that besides access to milk, crops are flourishing in his small plot thanks to the animal manure

Sendugu Bernard who lives with disability is one of the recipients of cows. He says that besides access to milk, crops are flourishing in his small plot thanks to the animal manure

For host communities, similar mobilisations as conducted in the camp were rolled out reinforced with physical support.

For instance 271 improved latrines and their accessories were built for the most vulnerable, 130 cows of crossed variety their sheds and all necessary equipment for their care given and over 1,000 kitchen gardens established to mention only a few.

62 year old Uwimana Mariya received a wonderbag, an innovative eco-friendly cooking solution that helps reduce cooking time and fuel. She says that the wonderbag has saved her from eating burnt food

62 year old Uwimana Mariya received a wonderbag, an innovative eco-friendly cooking solution that helps reduce cooking time and fuel. She says that the wonderbag has saved her from eating burnt food

“Our activities are made possible especially by the selfless efforts of our volunteers and the generous support of different Red Cross Movement and non-Red Cross donors whom we thank enormously today. Also, the environment of a political clarity and focus on improving people’s livelihoods by the Government of Rwanda and continued support by authorities at all levels is paramount to successful implementation, all of which we have appreciably benefited from,” RRCS Board President Dr. Bwito Paul noted at the celebrations of the Red Cross Day.

“The Rwanda Red Cross is a valuable partner in delivering on our mandate of disaster management and refugees. It is a great privilege for us to share in the celebrations of the Red Cross Day and to have the opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for your contributions,” part of the speech by the Minister of Disaster Management and Refugees delivered in Kinyarwanda by Jean Claude Rwahama Director of Refugee Affairs at the Ministry highlighted.

Rwanda Red Cross Society is a volunteer based organization with over 45,000 active volunteers across the country. The organization has been in operations since 1964 when it was decreed into existence by presidential decree.

 

Celebrations

The event was celebratory

The Red Cross day celebrations was a moment when two cultures, the Rwandan and Burundian, met in dances that entertained all

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: An opportunity to celebrate the selfless services of our volunteers

PRESS RELEASE

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: An opportunity to celebrate the selfless services of our volunteers
Kigali 8 May 2018 — Today, on World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, the Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) joins a global celebration of the work and bravery of Red Cross/Red Crescent volunteers, and the diverse humanitarian services they offer in communities everywhere.
“Our volunteers live in the communities they support, from the smallest and most remote villages to the big cities,” said Dr. Bwito Paul, the Rwanda Red Cross Board President. “Our services are tailored for local needs and delivered in local languages”.

“Today is when the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement comes together to thank our volunteers who give their time and their expertise here in Rwanda, and all over the world.”

RRCS reaches more than 2 million people every year with a diverse range of services tailored to local needs. From community mobilisations towards blood donation, disease prevention, and disaster risk reduction to emergency response, community resilience programmes and first aid trainings, it helps people to prepare for, cope with, and recover from crises.

A Red Cross volunteer offers psychological first aid to an elderly woman whose home had just been destroyed in a disaster. Red Cross volunteers are a force of first response when crisis hits in their communities

A Red Cross volunteer offers psychological first aid to an elderly woman whose home had just been destroyed in a disaster. Red Cross volunteers are a force of first response when crisis hits in their communities

Every year, around the world, the Movement supports many millions of people affected by conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies, through its network of around 14 million volunteers and 450,000 staff.

Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are as diverse as the life-saving services they provide through 190 National Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This local action is supported by the global reach of IFRC, ICRC, as well as partnerships with sister National Societies across the world.

Dr. Bwito added: “Whatever you are living through – a natural disaster, a health crisis, the effects of conflict or violence – we are here to support you.”
This year, the Rwanda Red Cross Society is particularly highlighting the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who have supported its response programme to the Burundian population movement of 2015, sometimes serving in not very conducive environments.

“We are always humbled by the power of humanity expressed through volunteers who serve even when conditions are not favourable. Since 2015, we have been there for Burundian refugees offering community sensitisation services for which we pride to have contributed to successful control of disease outbreaks, providing much needed non-food items such as Menstrual Hygiene Management kits, first responder aid to the sick and manning referrals to health centres with volunteers in some instances having to carry the sick on their shoulders,” Apollinaire Karamaga, the RRCS Secretary General noted.

Three years later, the Rwanda Red Cross is still in Mahama main camp and at three reception centres with volunteers doing all they can to help lessen the suffering of the most vulnerable.

Besides supporting the refugee population, Rwanda Red Cross has empowered vulnerable households in the host community in Munini Cell in Mahama Sector of Kirehe district to cope with the pressure that the presence of over 50,000 refugees created on the local resources.

“With the operation still going, we are calling for more support to ensure that all crucial services these brothers and sisters are receiving continue.”

Among others, the RRCS Secretary General noted that they are mobilising for more Rwandans to use their skills and resources in helping people in need.

“We are eager to join hands with all of you in reducing suffering of the most vulnerable. The Rwanda Red Cross is for all Rwandans and we cannot serve well without your support. We have the necessary structures and capacities to serve and we are calling, come lets serve.”

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day is celebrated every 8 May – the birthdate of the Movement’s founder Henry Dunant. It recognizes the bravery and dedication of volunteers and staff members around the world. 2018 is the 190th anniversary of Dunant’s birth, mirroring the 190 National Societies providing humanitarian support in communities large and small every day.

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1,058 households affected by disasters in Kamonyi receive basic relief supplies from Red Cross

“My home was demolished by heavy rains in the middle of the night when we were all asleep and collapsed. Luckily, I managed to survive with all my 6 children.”

Mukamana Thaciana’s family is one of the 1,058 households most affected by heavy rains that hit Kamonyi district in Rwanda’s Southern Province who received relief non-food supplies from Rwanda Red Cross Society (RRCS) in partnership with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDMAR).

Detailed assessments conducted indicated among others that the heavy rains which hit Kamonyi in late April resulted into 15 deaths and 11 injuries and destruction of 263.3ha of food plantations.

The rains also damaged the electricity distribution lines and 11 bridges and 11 roads which connect sectors within the district were also severely damaged.

Hundreds of families lost their houses to the heavy rains with 170 recorded in Rukoma sector one of the 12 affected in the district.

“We thank volunteers who were there to respond to the needs of the community urgently when disasters hit and MIDIMAR and District authorities that have helped console give hope to our affected communities during these harsh times,” Bazuru Innocent, the social affairs officer of Rukoma sector where the distribution of relief items took place and which was most affected noted.

Local residents welcomed affected families to find warmth in their homes in the hard times.

In his message to the residents, RRCS Board President Dr. Bwito Paul condoled with families affected by the disasters especially those that lost loved ones. He also requested residents to heed to advises given by local authorities and volunteers regarding relocating from high risk zones.

“Please listen when you are asked to settle in demarcated areas, it is for our collective security. Also, take extra caution on hygiene and sanitation during these heavy rains because risks of waterborne diseases are now higher.”

Red Cross volunteers have been supporting communities affected by heavy rains that caused losses of lives and property across the country

Red Cross volunteers have been supporting communities affected by heavy rains that caused losses of lives and property across the country

For MIDIMAR, the effects that heavy rains had in various parts of Rwanda will call for more mobilization of support for the many affected households to recover.

“We are sorry for all the losses you suffered and promise that with our various partners, we will stay the course of recovery with you. My message is emphasizing that we want you to help us in resettling from high risk zones.”

For people staying in partly demolished houses, they were advised vacate them as their risk of falling any time remains high.

Also, residents were counselled to harvest rain water from their houses to avoid it from flowing into the house structure and weakening it which results into collapsing during such heavy rains.

Items given included saucepans, sleeping mats, loincloths (kitenge), tarpaulins, sleeping nets, blankets, soap and jerry cans to all 1,058 families affected by heavy rains in Kamonyi district costing close to Frw55 million.

Though the items given are only a fraction of the losses suffered, affected families say that they represent a new seed of hope upon which they will build in the road to recovery.

Rwanda has in the last three months been affected by heavy rains and landslides that have caused hundreds of deaths, demolished thousands of homes and destroyed enormous areas of food crop plantations leaving behind a fear for what lies ahead.

The Rwanda Red Cross in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, its partner national societies and the Government of Rwanda has been among lead actors supporting affected families to cope with these losses by providing first responder aid in search and rescue and accompanying grieving families among others.

First ever national mental health coordination meeting attracts variety of practitioners, recommends continued networking

The Rwanda Red Cross in conjunction with Rwanda’s Ministry of Health on Thursday May 3rd organized a national mental health and psychosocial coordination meeting, the first of its kind in the country’s health ecosystem.

As a country, Rwanda faces a wide array of mental health and psychosocial issues.

Due to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi for instance, the country experiences significant high prevalence levels of post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs) that not only affect people who experienced the genocide but also are starting to cross generations and affecting children born after the mayhem.

Owing to this and other mental health challenges such as a high prevalence rate for epilepsy, Rwanda’s health system has over the years evolved to ensure increased access to mental healthcare services and guarantee quality support to patients.

Similarly, various actors supporting mental health patients through community based services and in specialized approaches are active in sensitisations to raise awareness on mental health issues and to build community support for patients in combatting stigmatization against them.

The a national mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) coordination meeting was organized comes to augment efforts in bringing the various actors together to build a forum for networking, coordinating and peer to peer learning.

Participants present at the meeting on their various interventions. It was a forum to learn about and from each other

Participants present at the meeting on their various interventions. It was a forum to learn about and from each other

The meeting brought together institutions engaged in various services to support mental health patients and build the sector from college departments engaged in training professionals and conducting research to inform further developments in the sector, professional psychologists and psychiatrists associations, mental healthcare service provides, government agencies responsible for the mental health sector to civil society organisations involved in community support services and advocacy to donor organisations financing various activities.

Thanks to the wide pool of specialisations, the forum became an opportunity for different players to realise where collaboration and learning is possible.

“This is a very important forum which we will work to maintain and improve. Through the meeting, participants agreed that the coordination meeting was timely and should continue” Dr. Anne Marie Bamukunde a senior mental health officer and the Psychosocial Programme Officer in the Mental Health Division of the Rwanda Biomedical Centre noted after the meeting.

Bamukunde added that the forum is looked at as a solution to understanding possible referrals that can be done within the chain of mental health service provision both in a forward and backward manner.

Ms. Anne Marie Bamukunde presents as RRCS Secretary General Karamaga Apollinaire looks on

Ms. Anne Marie Bamukunde presents as RRCS Secretary General Karamaga Apollinaire looks on

“Among participants we had organisations working with the community who help in identifying cases and mobilizing people on mental health issues. These can link up with others working in providing more specialized services like treatments and counselling. But also after receiving treatment, patients need community organizations to support them in reintegration by dealing with issues of stigmatization and empowering them to rebuild their lives after treatment.”

For instance, the Rwanda Red Cross’ Psychosocial support activities are community based and only to a small extent engage in providing focused support.

However, some cases dealt with are beyond the capacities of its volunteers hence the need for forming clear referral linkages that connect these volunteer-provided services with professionals who can offer more specialized care.

“We are happy for this opportunity to discuss ways of working together and ensuring that no one is left behind. Our individual organizational contributions have limitations but combined, we will be able to make bigger strides towards ensuring the mental wellbeing of Rwandans,” Rwanda Red Cross Society Secretary General Apollinaire Karamaga highlighted at the forum.

Other participating organisations similarly saw opportunities for improved service provision to the target beneficiaries.

“Through such a forum, we are better positioned to acquire deeper insight into challenges that affect our communities to better inform our approaches in training mental health professionals and as such be able to respond to real problems in our society,” Ms. Kanazayire Clementine, a social psychologist and lecturer at the University of Rwanda in the department of Mental Health pointed out.

For the Rwanda Psychological Society, the issue of quality service provision is paramount in offering mental health and psychosocial support and a coordination forum offers the right opportunity for actors to maintain constant monitoring.

“This is a timely forum and we will all work to maintain and reap the most out of it,” Mr. Habimana Djamali, the Vice Vice President of the Society said.

Way forward

With a successful first coordination meeting and enthusiastic players in the mental health sector, MoH will continue the tradition of such regular meetings.

“We will work with the Rwanda Red Cross to maintain the forum in the beginning but the intention is to ensure that we all own the forum and use it to improve and increase service provision to Rwandans,” Bamukunde noted.

As per recommendations, the National MHPSS coordination meeting will be held every quarter with the next meeting slated for July, 2018.