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Health workers in 20 districts throughout Rwanda are making higher-quality health services related to COVID-19 available to more people in their communities, thanks to training through IntraHealth’s USAID-funded Ingobyi project. Together with the Rwanda Ministry of Health, we are improving the quality and accessibility of services related to family planning, maternal and newborn health, as well as malaria prevention and treatment.
“When COVID-19 began to spread in 2020, we had to pivot our preexisting plans and implementation strategies to make sure health workers had the right supplies and training they needed to keep communities safe,” says Samson Radeny, IntraHealth’s country director in Rwanda. “We used a variety of approaches to focus on both health worker response and community sensitization.”
And while the Rwandan government had solid outbreak-response structures in place to protect against the spread of Ebola from neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, they needed to quickly bolster and tailor these systems for the COVID-19 pandemic. So the Ingobyi team advised and provided technical assistance to the government to train the country’s health workers, build needed infrastructure, and communicate effectively about COVID-19. Together, we:
The Ingobyi project is funded by the US Agency for International Development.