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.
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
- 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.
- WSMC 2011: PSI/Rwanda – the Evolution of a Social Marketing Sales & Distribution Approach
- 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.
- “Trust is Principal Barrier to Condom Use”
PSI researchers found that trust in one’s partner is the main reason for not using condoms with a marital or regular partner in Africa, and dislike of condoms is the most important reason for not using them with a casual partner, in what is apparently the first multi-country study of barriers to condom use.
- “Factors Associated with Condom Use among Rwandan Young People Aged 15-29 Who Frequent Bars and Nightclubs”
For the purpose of informing the development of HIV prevention messaging, this study was conducted to determine the prevalence of condom use among young people who frequent bars and nightclubs, and sociodemographic and behavioral factors associated with condom use.
- “Using PDAs for Data Collection”
- Research Brief # 7: Changing the Definition of Adulthood Important in Delaying Sexual Debut in Africa
- Patterns of sexual behavior and condom use among high school and university students in Butare and Gitarama province, Rwanda
This paper describes sexual behavior and condom use among students in Rwanda and illustrates the need for targeted reproductive health programs, and informs the design of such programs.