City mayor calls for optimum land use in Kigali

Available land must be used optimally if goals of the City of Kigali master plan are to be achieved. Fidele Ndayisaba, the mayor of the City of Kigali, who was on Monday speaking during an evaluation meeting in Kigali with district mayors, sector executives, and members of the civil society and...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

FAWE alumni root for girl child

About 800 alumni of FAWE (The Forum for African Women Educationists) schools have formed an association to advocate for the girl child rights, especially in education. The launch of the association held in Kigali, brought together old students of Gisozi and Gahini campuses. “The girl...

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

ICT ministry, GSMA deal to enhance digital inclusion

More Rwandans could soon access mobile broadband technologies following the signing of a partnership deal between the Ministry of Youth and ICT and Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), a global association of mobile operators, to undertake a number of initiatives to achieve this goal....

Friday, February 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Public health centres tipped on self-reliance

In order to reduce dependence on government and foreign donors, managers of public health facilities in the country should craft ways of generating income for the institutions they head. The call was made yesterday during the launch of the Rwanda Health Systems Strengthening Activity (RHSAA), a...

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

African first ladies commit to eliminate HIV infections

The First Lady, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, has called for intensified efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in order to eliminate new infections. Mrs Kagame spoke yesterday during the second day of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) General Assembly on the sidelines of...

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Schools warned against opening on unofficial dates

The Ministry of Education has cautioned school administrators against opening on unofficial dates. According to a statement sent to The New Times yesterday, and signed by Olivier Rwamukwaya, the Minister of State in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education, ...

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Gender equality: Let men lead struggle

At the close of 2014, a new report by the World Economic Forum revealed that Rwanda is among the top ten, out of 142 countries that have achieved much in closing the gender gap.  In fact, Rwanda is the only country in sub-Saharan region to be ranked in the top 10, but that does not mean that...

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Medics call for early diagnosis for depression

Depression remains a complex health issue that according to medical experts can physically manifest in many ways. In Rwanda, just like in many parts of the world, the challenge of dealing with depression starts with correct diagnosis. Psychiatrists are now asking the public to consider regular...

Sunday, January 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

RRA impounds smuggled liquor

Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) yesterday impounded smuggled liquor worth Rwf5.5 million. The liquor  was intercepted at Nyabugogo, a Kigali suburb, while being transported from Rubavu District, Western Province. “The 239 bottles of Red and Black label were found stashed in a truck...

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

2014: The highs and lows in the health sector

The year 2014 will pass as a transformative one for the health sector. It was peppered with disease eradication and general wellbeing campaigns, commissioning of health facilities, hosting of global conferences and foreign medical teams, among others. But that is just as far as Rwanda is...

Saturday, January 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Joint regional health protection a good move

In July this year, regional healthcare players gathered in Kigali with an aim of assessing the feasibility of harmonising the various national health insurance systems, as part of the East African Community integration agenda. The move, if successful, would see citizens of the five member states (...

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Remember, too much alcohol kills

The festive season is a time when people gather socially with family and friends across the world. But sometimes it can be ruined by too much alcohol. While many will reach January 2015 and look back over the season with happy memories, others will remember the bad effects of drinking too much...

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Higher targets set to eliminate TB

Rwanda has set new targets on prevention and treatment of TB (tuberculosis) as the World Health Organisation (WHO) raises a red flag on the disease that last year claimed 1.5 million lives globally. TB, WHO says in a new report, is only second to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a...

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Religious leaders join war on malnutrition

Religious leaders in the country, under the umbrella Rwanda Interfaith Council for Health (RICH), have joined the fight against malnutrition in children. This was announced on Wednesday during a joint workshop aimed at promoting the “1000 Days” campaign, jointly organised by the...

Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Cogebanque adds Rwf20m toward Agaciro devt fund

The national sovereign fund, the Agaciro Development Fund (AgDF), yesterday, received Rwf20 milllion boost from Cogebanque. Montfort Mujyambere, the bank’s director of business development, said the donation is in line with Cogebanque’s aspirations to associate with anything related to nation...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Malaria deaths drop further

The number of people who die as a result of malaria reduced by more than half in Africa between 2000 and 2013, according to a new report published by the World Health Organisation. The same report says mortality reduced by 5 percent between 2012 and last year, indicating that global and national...

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Call for more funding for civil society organisations

Civil society organisations will never have the desired impact on grassroots as long as they remain under-funded. This observation was made on Thursday during a ceremony to award a grant to eight local non-profit organisations. The grant that was awarded jointly by Rwanda Governance Board (RGB)...

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

New push to help realise universal health coverage

A global coalition of more than 500 leading health and development organisations is urging governments to accelerate reforms that ensure everyone, everywhere, can access quality health services regardless of their financial status. The call was made in New York, US, yesterday, during the launch of...

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Human trafficking blamed on domestic violence

Human trafficking can be contained if domestic violence is put under check, officials from the Gender and Family Promotion ministry have said. The officials were speaking at the closure of a month-long campaign aimed at combating gender based violence and human trafficking in Hindiro Sector,...

Friday, December 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Local telecom companies join anti-Ebola fundraising drive

Three local mobile telecom companies have partnered with the African Union Commission (AU) to garner resources in support of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. This was announced yesterday at a press conference attended by Airtel, Tigo, and MTN officials at the Ministry of Health...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

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