Marie-Anne Dushimimana

Genocide survivor set to walk around Rwanda for 100 days in honour of victims

Hyppolite Ntigurirwa was seven years old when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi broke out. He was staying with his family in Mibilizi in the former Cyangugu prefecture (in the current Rusizi district) when it all started. By the time the killings ended he had lost over 30 members of his family,...

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:06 AM

Government welcomes move by Belgium to punish genocide denial

The Government of Rwanda has welcomed the move by their Belgian counterparts to criminalise the denial of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, urging other countries to follow suit. On Monday, during the commemoration of 10 Belgian peacekeepers killed during the genocide, Belgian Prime Minister...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2:28 PM

Kwibuka25: Belgian peacekeepers honoured

A Belgian delegation and Rwandan officials paid tribute to Belgian peacekeepers who were killed at the onset of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi at a former military camp – Camp Kigali. The ten Belgian ‘casques bleus’, killed on April 7, 1994, were part of the second battalion...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 1:59 AM

How schools can apply inclusive education

Aimée Irimaso, 12, from Bumbogo Sector in Gasabo District was born with physical disability and couldn’t walk. His family was not able get him proper treatment and he couldn’t go to school until at the beginning of this year, when a new page turned in his life. His mother, Pacifique...

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

Survey: 20% of Tuberculosis patients don’t go to hospital

The Ministry of Health has urged Rwandans to undertake screening for tuberculosis at the earliest opportunity, in order to get early treatment and reduce chances of acquiring preventable deaths associated with the disease. Officials were speaking in Kamonyi District in Rukomo Sector, on the...

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 10:54 PM

World Oral Health Day: Call to prevent dental diseases

The government has urged Rwandans to focus on preventing oral diseases rather than waiting for treatment when they fall sick. The call was made by the Ministry of health yesterday at the occasion to mark World Oral Health Day 2019. Irene Bagahirwa, in charge of Oral Health at Rwanda Biomedical...

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

HIV self-testing kit increasing screening, fighting stigma

People around the world are increasingly applying various forms of technologies in their lives. In the health sector, for instance, many diseases can be easily detected using self-testing mechanisms, among them HIV which can be self-tested using Oraquick. Currently, the HIV self-testing kit is...

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kwibuka25: How reconciliation groups have fostered cohesion among Huye residents

Have you ever heard about the tale of Nyagakecuru k’Ibisi bya Huye? The legend goes that this old woman had her home on the slopes of Butare, in the present day Huye District. According to folklore, Ibisi Bya Huye was the home to a certain Nyagakecuru who was a strong political opponent to...

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 12:00 AM

Govt seeks partnerships to roll out more youth centres

The Ministry of Health will collaborate with more partners to increase youth centres across the country as it intensifies efforts to ensure that young people have easy and full access to reproductive health services. This was revealed yesterday as the Ministry of Health held a meeting with 350...

Monday, March 4, 2019, 12:47 AM

Education ministry to start issuing standardised end of year exams

Beginning from next academic year, all pupils and students will be required to sit for standardised end of year exams, according to the Ministry of Education. This means that districts will be responsible for setting uniform examinations for each class. However, schools will be required to...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:51 AM

Traditional medicines to be regulated under new foods and drugs authority

Traditional medicines will be regulated by Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), just like any other drugs to mitigate the negative impact these may have on people’s lives. Over the weekend the Ministry of Health received boards of directors and other staff to help the Rwanda Foods and...

Monday, February 25, 2019, 1:53 PM

TVET best performers share their ambitions

The Ministry of Education yesterday released last year’s senior six leaving exam results as well as those of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) finalists. Some of the best performing students from TVET schools shared their aspirations and also offered advice to fellow...

Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:13 AM

TVET schools record improved performance in national exams

Some 95.23 per cent per cent of the students from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools who sat for the national exams last year have passed, reflecting a considerable improvement in the performance compared to 2017. The Ministry of Education released the 2018 exam...

Friday, February 22, 2019, 12:00 AM

Sex education: calls to roll out more ‘girl rooms’ gather pace

It’s a Wednesday afternoon and schoolchildren at Groupe Scolaire Bugarama, in Kibilizi Sector in Nyamagabe District are engaged in various activities. The school has around 1,200 learners, comprised of pupils and teenagers in nine-years basic education. On one block, a small room with a...

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

Government moves to contain rising cases of physical trauma

One out of every five people who suffer from physical trauma—a form of trauma caused by physical injuries to the body—ends up dying, according to the Ministry of Health. This was revealed on Wednesday at the first ever symposium on physical trauma and emergency medicine held in...

Friday, February 15, 2019, 12:31 AM

Postpartum psychosis: The case of a mother who dumped her baby in a toilet

Last month a mother dumped her new-born baby into a pit latrine at Kabgayi District Hospital. Fortunately, the baby was pulled out alive and is currently being treated at the hospital. The baby’s mother, Angelique Uwamahoro from Cyeza sector in Muhanga District, was transferred to...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 1:02 AM

Ubudehe categories to be reviewed

The Ministry of Local Government and Social Affairs is set to begin an exercise that will establish new Ubudehe social stratification for all Rwandans. The exercise will be conducted by the Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA) and seeks to ascertain the true economic status of...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 1:10 AM

Cancer Day: Call for regular cancer screening for women

Women aged 30 and above should go for regular checkups in order to prevent or be able to detect early cervical and breast cancers, which are the most prevalent cancers in women. This warning was issued on Sunday by Dr Diane Gashumba, the Minister for Health, during an event to celebrate World...

Monday, February 4, 2019, 1:59 AM

Govt to double health posts in seven years

THE Ministry of Health plans to build more health posts in seven years as part of efforts to take health services to the cell level. In its Health Sector Strategic Plan 2018-2024 (HSSP IV) unveiled yesterday, it wants to focus on speeding the country’s transformation. Dr Diane Gashumba, the...

Friday, February 1, 2019, 12:16 AM

A farmer’s experience in pig farming and commercialisation

Joan Nkuriye Kayumba,a resident of Katabagema in Nyagatare District, decided try out professional pig farming on realising how profitable the venture could be. Nkuriye, who now owns more than 150 pigs and sells a number of them every month, said she started with three pigs; twofemale and one male...

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 12:12 AM