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.
- Health Areas
HIV, Reproductive Health
- Health Impact
PSI/Rwanda estimates that in 2012, its products and services helped avert:
- 115,504 HIV & TB DALYs
- 60,755 Reproductive Health DALYs
- 92,178 Malaria Control DALYs
- 6,887 Child Survival DALYs
- Health Interventions
- Improving Health 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 (VCT), 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, commercial 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.
- Target Populations
Youth aged 15-24, uniformed personnel, men who have sex with men, and commercial sex workers.
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- Ministry of Health
- National AIDS Control Program
- Local and international NGOs
- Local Faith-based Organizations
- Provincial Governments
- UN Agencies