More sensitisation needed in HIV/Aids fight -survey

At least 32 per cent of Rwandans still believe HIV/Aids can be transmitted through mosquito bites, according to the Rwanda Aids Indicator Survey (RAIS) report. The 2013 preliminary report was presented by the Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) at the 2014 International HIV Research Conference that...

Monday, December 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Giving PLWDs a chance

Phillip Majyambere, 35 a resident of Fumbwe Sector, Rwamagana District in Eastern Province lost vision when he was only seven following a short illness.  He grew up in a large household where he faced discrimination from relatives who called names like ‘blind man’ or ‘blind...

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Fighting oral diseases

Latest statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that 60 – 90 percent of school children and nearly all adults have dental cavities.  The report further points out that severe gum disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15 – 20 percent of middle-aged...

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Experts: No room for complacency in Aids fight

There shouldn’t be room for complacency if the fight to eliminate HIV/Aids is to ever achieve victory. The remarks were made yesterday during a media briefing in Kigali on the role the media can play in fighting the disease. “The rise in infections among adolescents, stigma, gender based...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

National reference lab gets five-star rating

The National Reference Laboratory (NRA) has acquired a five-star status following a rating done by the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network (EAPHLN). The facility scored 98.7 per cent that saw it move from the three-star rating it had last year.Ivan Emile Mwikarago, the division manager of...

Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

World Aids Day: Media urged to boost awareness

Rwanda today joins the rest of the world in marking the World Aids Day, which runs under the national theme; “Role of the Media in early HIV treatment to reduce Aids-related morbidity and mortality.” Speaking to The New Times yesterday, the head of HIV division at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC),...

Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Women shun cervical cancer test despite high prevalence

Mary Kabarungi, 30, a mother of one and resident of Kanombe in Kigali, says she will never go for a pap smear, a procedure to test for cervical cancer, citing infringement on her privacy. “The test is carried out in [a woman’s] private parts. And the fact that most gynaecologists...

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Progress made in child care but more work needed

Kibungo Hospital located in Ngoma district, Eastern Province, handles between 75 and 85 babies per month in its neonatal section despite having only seven infant incubators, seven nurses and two  doctors trained in that line.  While international standards for neonatal care require that...

Monday, November 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

More girls, women embrace modern family planning

The number of women and girls using modern contraception in Rwanda and Burundi has increased significantly in the past one year, according to a new Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) report. In 2013, the number increased by 20 per cent in both countries, with the majority using injectables as the most...

Monday, November 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

More men opt for vasectomy for family planning

Vincent Karangwa, 40, is a father of five. The resident of Bwisyhura Sector, Karongi District in Western Province realised 10 years ago that he was risking bringing into the world children he may not be able to support. So, after consulting his wife, she was put on contraception pills, with...

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Red Cross marks 50 years in Rwanda

The Rwanda Red Cross (RRC) Friday marked its golden anniversary with a promise of more relief services. The RRC, legally recognised in 1964, has ever since been involved in various humanitarian, relief, and disaster management programmes. “Our target in the near future is to deliver...

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Call for more private investment in healthcare

Medical tourism can only be possible if private health care services are expanded and revamped. This call was made during an evaluation workshop aimed at finding possibilities of cooperation between the Swedish government and Rwandan health care actors in Kigali. Rwanda has embarked on promoting...

Monday, November 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Alcohol, tobacco behind rise in NCDs - medics

Medical experts have linked the apparent increase in Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to growing abuse of alcohol and tobacco. According to Jean De Dieu Nyirabega, the deputy director general in charge of disease prevention and control at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC), rising incident of NCDs can...

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Proper management of health data crucial in improving care - experts

Quality of health care can improve drastically if relevant information is efficiently managed. The remarks were made during a workshop to mark the closure of the  Integrated Health System Strengthening Project (IHSSP), a five-year United States Agency for International Development (Usaid)...

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Having a handshake with bacteria

Last month, Rwandans joined the rest of the world to mark the Hand Washing Day — a global event aimed at mobilising people around the world to wash their hands regularly with soap, especially after using the toilet, to prevent infections. The day, marked in Nyabihu District in Western...

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Are eye ailments on the increase?

About ten in every one hundred Rwandans are consulting and seeking treatment or corrective lenses for different eye ailments, experts say. According to Abdallah Uwihoreye, the country director of Vision for a Nation (VFAN), an N.G.O that partners with the Ministry of Health to implement primary...

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

New WHO report reveals higher global burden of TB

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revised upwards, by almost 500,000, the estimated number of people who have TB globally. In its 2014 global TB report, WHO says last year, about nine million people developed TB around the world, up from 8.6 million in 2012. However, the number of people...

Monday, November 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

Taxi-moto accidents take their toll

At the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali’s causality ward, Raymond Karamage, 26, is lying on a bed; his heavily bandaged left leg in a suspended position supported by cords. Karamage, a taxi-moto operator, was on his way from Shyorongi to Kigali when he sustained an ankle and thigh bone...

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Eight year-old Nyamirambo child killed following heavy downpour

The body of an eight-year-old boy was found drowned in a drainage channel in Gikondo following yesterday afternoon’s torrential downpour. The deceased child was later identified as Jackson Ngabonziza. His body has been handed over by Police to his parents, Nyamirambo residents Johnson...

Friday, October 31, 2014, 12:00 AM

Report shows limited access to agric loans

A new report shows that inadequate access to loans by farmers is still a big hindrance to the progress of the agriculture sector. The report was produced by Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) in partnership with the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). The survey, done in Nyaruguru, Gakenke,...

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

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