PSI/Rwanda began in 1993. PSI/Rwanda works closely with local organizations implementing programmatic activities to create a sustainable system of health impact among at-risk populations. In order to effectively guide programs and evaluate their impact, PSI/Rwanda takes an evidence-based approach to program design and implementation, using available data and research to identify target audiences and factors associated with behavior.
In 2012, with the support of the Government of Rwanda and USAID, PSI/Rwanda launched Society for Family Health (SFH), Rwanda, the first Rwandan social marketing organization. PSI/Rwanda is currently transitioning its activities to SFH to ensure long-term sustainability of social marketing programming in Rwanda.
PSI/Rwanda estimates that in 2015, its products and services helped avert 200,493 DALYs, including, by health area:
- 8,375 Malaria DALYs
- 162,920 HIV DALYs
- 28,759 FP DALYs
- 439 WASH DALYs
PSI/Rwanda’s family planning programs also provided 108,335 couple-years of protection.
Meaning “Think about it,” Dushishoze centers are designed to make young people feel at ease and express themselves freely about their sexual health. Centers provide reproductive health services, voluntary counseling and testing, and family planning counseling to youth ages 15-24.
High-Risk Targeted Behavior Change Communications and Mobile Voluntary Counseling and Testing
PSI/Rwanda uses multiple approaches to reach key populations at risk for HIV in Rwanda. Specifically targeting members of the military, sex workers and men who have sex with men, PSI/Rwanda provides mobile voluntary counseling and testing services and behavior change communications on a national level. PSI engages community members by training peer educators to provide information and positive choices for healthy behavior.
SFH/Rwanda provides malaria control support to Ministry of Health. SFH’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, social and behaviour change communications on prevention and treatment, communications on household indoor residual spraying (IRS) and operational research.
- Ministry of Health
- National AIDS Control Program
- Local and international NGOs
- Local Faith-based Organizations
- Provincial Governments
- UN Agencies
- Towards Subsidized Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests. Lessons Learned from Programmes to Subsidise Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapies in the Private Sector: a Review
Private sector subsidy programmes of ACTs have been effective in increasing availability of ACTs in the private sector and driving down average prices but struggled to crowd out antimalarial monotherapies. A subsidy of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in the private sector has been recommended by governments and international donors to cope with over-treatment with ACTs and to delay the emergence of resistance to artemisinin. In order to improve the cost-effectiveness of co-paid RDTs, we should build on the lessons we learned from almost 10 years of private sector subsidy programmes of ACTs in malaria-endemic countries.
- Simplified Asset Indices to Measure Wealth and Equity in Health Programs: a Reliability and Validity Analysis Using Survey Data from 16 Countries
Many program implementers have difficulty collecting and analyzing data on program beneficiaries' wealth because a large number of survey questions are required to construct the standard wealth index. We created country-specific measures of household wealth with as few as 6 questions that are highly reliable and valid in both urban and rural contexts.
- Healthy Lives: Winning the Battle Against Malaria in Rwanda
This brief outlines the interventions PSI has undertaken to fight the battle against malaria in Rwanda.
- The UNFPA Representative’s Statement on the Occasion of Handing Over Contraceptives to SFH Rwanda
- No Teen Drama: Leaving Adolescence Thriving and Healthy
This article from PSI's Impact Magazine discusses the importance of improving the health of young adolescent girls, and also introduces The Girl Effect, a global movement.
- 2012 Mid Year Region and Country Dashboards, East Africa
Mid-year East Africa region and country impact dashboards for 2012
- 2011 Region and Country Dashboards, Eastern Africa
Eastern Africa region and country impact dashboards for 2011
- From Push to Pull: PSI/Rwanda – The Evolution of a Social Marketing Sales & Distribution Approach
Push strategies are strategies where marketers “push” products in a top-down fashion through the distribution channel to create availability and stimulate demand. Pull strategies are strategies where end consumer demand “pulls” products through distribution channels.
- PEER EDUCATION OF YOUNG BAR/RESTAURANT/HOTEL/DOMESTIC WORKERS
PSI Rwanda trained 600 young bar/restaurant/hotel/domestic workers, aged 15-29, as Peer Educators. The trainings were conducted in June and July 2010. The training sessions were evaluated by using pre- and post tests as a part of PSI Rwanda's standard monitoring and evaluation (M&E) procedures.
- Research Brief # 7: Changing the Definition of Adulthood Important in Delaying Sexual Debut in Africa