Rwanda, Burundi receive funds to help scale up wheat production

Rwanda and Burundi have received a $300,000 grant to help scale up wheat output in the region. The grant is from the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (Asareca), a World Bank project. This was disclosed during the launch of the two-year project in...

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Nyarugenge Vice mayor passes away

Nyarugenge Vice Mayor, Pierre Kalisa, passed away last night after a short illness.  Pierre Kalisa, Nyarugenge Vice Mayor, died last night. (Internet) Kalisa, 45, breathed his last at 6pm at King Faisal Hospital, a week and half after being diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is an...

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Association of blind appeals for help

The blind community has appealed to government for more help to improve their welfare. In a workshop organised by the Rwanda Union of the Blind (Rub) in Kigali this week, Donatile Akanimba, the executive director of Rub, said while the 2012 census shows that there are 57,000 blind people...

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Planning crucial in tackling devt challenges - experts

Planning is a crucial aspect for a country to effectively tackle its development challenges. The remarks were made during the launch of a three-day workshop organised by the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Centre for...

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

UR, Swedish varsities in joint bid to enhance post-graduate studies

The University of Rwanda and the Swedish government are seeking to strengthen partnership in post-graduate study and research. This was disclosed during the launch of the 3rd phase of the 12-year partnership in Kigali on Monday. “The programme aims at improving research capacity and use of...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mother and child care week impacts lives at Rutongo Hospital

Silvie Mukundwa, a resident of Masoro sector, Rulindo District, Northern Province, saw her 4-year-old son suddenly develop many symptoms such as running nose, watery eyes, swollen eyelids and sneezing. She dismissed it as an ‘ordinary’ cold, subjecting him to flu tablets with...

Monday, October 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Buy safe appliances, protect Ozone layer

Last month, Rwanda joined the rest of the world to mark the international day for the preservation of the Ozone layer; with a walk to raise awareness on the need to phase-out ozone depleting substances. The ozone layer is a fragile shield of gas, which protects the earth from the harmful portion...

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Experts call for early breast cancer screening

Breast cancer prevalence can only be checked if people turned up for early screening, experts have warned. The observation was made by health officials while briefing journalists on the breast cancer awareness month (October). “Early detection of the disease increases chances of finding a...

Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

New RTV breakfast show starts tomorrow

At 6am tomorrow, viewers of Rwanda Television will watch the first ever morning show on the public broadcaster. The show, ‘Rise and Shine Rwanda,’ will air Monday to Friday between 6am and 8am. The two-hour programme will discuss various topical issues, including news, business,...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda welcomes WHO move to regulate food ads

Health officials have welcomed a proposal by the World Health Organisation to regulate advertising promotions of food and drinks rich in sugar, salt and fats that target children so as to protect younger people from the risk of lifestyle diseases. The development follows a WHO announcement that...

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Schizophrenia accounts for 17% of mental illnesses - RBC

Schizophrenia and other psychosis accounted for 17 per cent of the number of people who consulted for mental illness last year, eight per cent of whom were new cases, statistics from Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) show. This was revealed as Rwanda marked the Mental Health Day which falls on...

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Schizophrenia: How costly misunderstanding the nature of mental illness can be to a patient

Last month, The Associated Press, a news agency, reported that a North Carolina inmate with mental illness who died of thirst was held in solitary confinement for 35 days and cited twice for flooding his cell. Citing prison records, the wire said inmate Michael Anthony Kerr was found unresponsive...

Monday, October 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Seek early care for spinal cord ailments

It all started in December 2008 with extreme back and neck pain for Aline Uwitonze. The 44-year-old resident of Kicukiro Sector in Kicukiro District dismissed the ailment as a mere ‘dislocation’ due to poor sleeping position. However, it wasn’t long before one side of her limbs...

Monday, September 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

How Rwanda has managed to reduce maternal, child deaths

About two months from now, the country will host the 10th annual International Conference on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC), a technique which offers affordable and effective alternative to incubator care, where by the mother places her newborn — usually premature — on her chest, between...

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Muhima patient did not die of Ebola - MoH

The patient who died at Muhima Hospital after showing Ebola signs on Wednesday did not die of the Ebola virus, the Ministry of Health said yesterday. “Results on samples taken from the patient tested negative for Ebola virus disease,” the ministry said in a statement. “There is...

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Anti-malnutrition drive puts smile on mothers' faces

It was December 2013 when Beth Uwatwaye, a resident of Nyankenke Sector in Gicumbi District, Northern Province, started seeing the hair of her four-year-old son become brownish, brittle and scattered. The skin too was not spared, it started getting dry and wrinkled like that of an 80-year-old. The...

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Child mortality down by half - Unicef

There has been “dramatic” progress in reducing mortality among children under the age of five globally, the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) said in a new report. The report that was released last week, comes about three years after Rwanda achieved Millennium Development Goal (...

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Depression, the ignored emergency

It all started in 2005 when Evangeline Uwe, 15, a Senior Two student, started noticing her performance decline. The straight As she was used to, for instance in Chemistry and Biology, became a thing of the past, replaced with strange Es and sometimes Fs.  Interestingly, she didn’t seem...

Monday, September 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Electronic distribution of medicines timely move

Ivan Ngoboka It’s just five months since the Ministry of Health started rolling out a new system of distributing medicines to various health facilities country wide. The web-based method called the Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS) is out to cut red-tape and...

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

Police destroy 14 tonnes of illegally harvested sandalwood

About 14 tonnes of sandalwood were on Wednesday destroyed by the Police. The sandwood, locally known as Kabaruka, was seized from various illegal dealers from different entry points into Kigali, as they attempted to smuggle them out of the country. “This (the burning of the stumps) aims at...

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

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