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 Health  Rwanda Project #34805

Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans

by One Family Health
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
Life-saving primary care for 5,000 rural Rwandans
furniture being transported by hand to the HP
furniture being transported by hand to the HP

One Family Health team in Rwanda is proud to announce the opening of Gizisa Health Post and 14 others in late December.

Since our last report, the team has been focused on training new franchisees as well as procuring and outfitting the new facilities with furniture, equipment, and an opening stock of drugs and medical supplies. 

Training is a critical part of OFH's work with nurse-franchisees. Initial training is a two-week program, consisting of one week of classroom-based training that includes both a review of clinical protocols as well as practical orientation to operating a Health Post and being a business owner. The second week is spent shadowing an existing franchisee, during which the trainee observes processes and procedures put into practice and practices use of the mobile phone-based electronic system to capture patient data and record any products and services provided. 

Equipping Gizisa and other new Health Posts brought logistical challenges, including roads that proved impassable to the large trucks delivering equipment. In one location where the truck could not reach the location of the Health Post, community members helped to carry the equipment the last few hundred meters to the facility itself. 

One Family Health again thanks you for your contribution to our work expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare in rural Rwanda. 

Franchisee signing final agreement
Franchisee signing final agreement
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Gisiza HP under construction
Gisiza HP under construction

The team at One Family Health wishes to express our gratitude once again for your support and to share an update from Rwanda. Your contribution  is directly supporting our work to expand our clinic network in Rwanda, which enables nurses to become business owners, supports them to deliver affordable, quality healthcare services, and helps rural communities build health as an asset.

Over the past few months, OFH has worked with local government authorities to identify the communities most in need, to assess potential clinic sites, and to confirm a plan for our next wave of expansion. OFH has now finalized a plan to open 32 new Health Posts in four districts: Burera, Rubavu, Rutsiro, and Musanze. District authorities and the Minister of Health have approved this expansion plan.

We have also begun the recruitment of nurse-franchisees to own and operate these new facilities. Our next step is to complete recruitment, conduct the initial training of franchisees. In parallel, OFH is initiating the procurement of equipment and initial drug supplies to outfit the Health Posts.

One such example is Gisiza Health Post, which is being constructed by the local government authorities. Located in Rutsiro District in western Rwanda on the coast of Lake Kivu, Gisiza is a remote community with a population of about 9,000 people. Without a health facility of their own, residents of Gisiza have always had to walk more than 6km across mountainous terrain to reach the nearest health facility.

Gisiza Health Post is expected to open in early December and will provide care for an estimated 7,000 patient visits annually.

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The team at One Family Health wishes to express our gratitude once again for your contribution to our work and to share an update from Rwanda.

Your contribution helped raise $5,174 of our $10,000 goal for this year’s GlobalGiving campaign. Most importantly, your contribution will directly support our clinic network in Rwanda, which enables nurses to become business owners, to deliver affordable, quality healthcare services, and to help rural communities build health as an asset.

With your support, we are beginning the planning phase now for our next wave of expansion, which will include 30 new health posts. Recruitment of new nurses is beginning now and the site selection process will commence in June, where in collaboration with local government partners we will identify suitable sites that serve the communities most in need of health care. We expect to start opening new health posts in September.

As we begin the expansion process, we wish to share with you a brief story from one of our current franchisees.

Gaspard works in Kamato, a village in the northern district of Musanze. Gaspard embraced the opportunity to work with OFH because he wanted to continue working as a nurse, but also wanted the independence of being a business owner.

In a recent interview, Gaspard described the advantages of being supported by OFH. He appreciates not only the financing and support to open the business, but also assistance navigating the reimbursement process of the national insurance and being able to submit quarterly orders for drugs and supplies, which are in stock and delivered on time by OFH.

Gaspard currently sees 30-40 patients a day in the health post he runs with support from One Family Health. He has been able to repay his OFH-sponsored start-up loan and is managing his clinic with integrity. His final comments in the recent interview included a heartfelt thank you for the support from OFH and also a request to keep helping them with advocacy with local groups so they can continue to serve the patients in need in their community.


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Location: Minnetonka, MN - USA
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Lila Cruikshank
Durham, NC United States

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