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Project ID:00065943Description:RWA 2b - Health
Rwanda One UN Fund
Start Date *: 31 Dec 2008
Health, Population
End Date*: 31 Dec 2013
Country: Rwanda Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

UNDAF Result on Health, Nutrition and Population


Summary of Significant National Achievements


Significant progress has been made in the areas of health, nutrition and population during the last decade, with Rwanda making particularly remarkable achievements towards the MDG targets on child mortality and HIV/ AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Maternal mortality ratio declined from 1,071 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to an estimated 383 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2009. Nonetheless, only 52% of all births are attended by skilled attendants and only 45% of births occurring in health facilities. The infant mortality ratio decreased from 103 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2,000 to 62 per 1,000 live births in 2008 and the under-five mortality ratio has fallen from 170 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 103 per 1,000 live births in 2007. Over the same period of time, neonatal mortality declined from 32 deaths per 1,000 live births to 28 deaths per 1,000 live births.


Steady progress has also been recorded under access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation in Rwanda. The WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme report (JMP 2010) has estimated water and sanitation use among Rwanda’s rural population at 62% and 55% respectively. The current water and sanitation use is said to be 76.2% and 58%2 according to government officials.


The Government has implemented many critical lifesaving high impact initiatives aimed at fast tracking the progress towards the development targets. Several policies and strategies were developed during the reporting period. The Government adopted a national multi-sectoral strategic plan for elimination of malnutrition, a health promotion strategic plan and a Mutual Health Insurance policy, among other policies and strategies targeting key aspects for improving health in Rwanda. Moreover, the roadmap on accelerating the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity was disseminated to stakeholders. An analysis of the human resource situation was conducted with the support from the UN.


Family planning continues to be a national priority receiving UN support. In 2010, research on family planning needs was done and a new technology of family planning introduced (the none-scalpel vasectomy). The family planning services were scaled up through the establishment of secondary posts. Efforts made to reduce the infant mortality rate in 2010 include the implementation of rapid SMS (used to register and monitor expecting mothers) and the initiation of child death audit and verbal autopsy in the community. Furthermore, the UN has supported the community based provision of health services as this continues to be a key instrument in improving the health of the people.

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