Solomon Asaba

editorial@newtimes.co.rw

Banks failing youth employment efforts - YETP

Reluctance by banks to fund young entrepreneurs is affecting efforts geared at reducing youth unemployment, Jean Paul Nyiribakwe, the Youth Entrepreneurship Training Programme (YETP) co-ordinator, has said. Nyiribakwe said this affects young entrepreneur’s capacity to grow. “Though we...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

BRD opens separate office to handle student loan scheme

The Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) plans to handle the student’s loan scheme separately from other banking operations, Business Times has learnt. The bank is already in final stages of opening new premises in Kacyiru near the Bank of Kigali. The office is expected to start operations by...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 12:00 AM

Week in health

Last Tuesday, the State Minister for Primary Health and Public Healthcare, Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, said HIV prevention through continuous education on prevention and treatment among children is one of the main strategies toward attaining an AIDS-free generation by 2030. Ndimubanzi made the remarks...

Monday, December 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

World Patient Safety Day: Do you know your rights?

As Rwanda joins the rest of the world to mark World Patient Safety Day this Thursday, studies have shown that much as a lot of people are treated successfully, there are times when things can totally go wrong. From diagnostic to medical and surgical errors, medics are just human and using...

Monday, December 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

Is your university, course accredited?

Three months ago, the Ministry of Education took a spontaneous decision to ban some courses taught at three universities in Rwanda. The suspended courses included bachelor of nursing, bachelor of pharmacy, bachelor of medical laboratory science and bachelor of public health. Another institution ...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Experts call for more interventions to fight HIV/AIDs in adolescents

As Rwanda grapples to fast track targets to end HIV/AIDS, health experts have advised that on top of the current interventions, the use of condoms among the young generation should be encouraged. Speaking yesterday, ahead of the World AIDS day, Dr Placide Mugwaneza the Ag. Head of the HIV unit at...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Week in health

Last week, the public was urged to develop a positive attitude toward blood donation to save lives and sustain the blood bank. Alexia Mukamazimpaka, the head of blood donors’ mobilisation service at National Centre for Blood Transfusion (NCBT), made the call ahead of the blood donation day...

Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why stigma remains a thorn in the HIV/AIDS fight

Tomorrow, Rwanda will join the rest of the World to commemorate World AIDS Day under the global theme, ‘The time to Act is now’.  However the cure for the disease remains elusive with a glimmer of hope lying in antiretroviral therapy, counselling and prevention of mother to child transmission....

Monday, November 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

Evidence-based statistics responsible for Rwanda's growth – UNFPA boss

Rwanda’s economy is growing fast because policies and reforms are developed on evidence-based data, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) deputy country representative, Daniel Alemu, has said. Alemu, who was speaking during the celebrations to mark African Statistics Day in Kigali, yesterday...

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 12:00 AM

Swedish healthcare experts seek to widen cooperation with Rwanda

A visiting delegation from Sweden on Tuesday commended Rwanda’s efforts towards infrastructure development as it positions itself to become a health tourism hub. The delegation was participating in a workshop at Gorilla Golf Hotel in Nyarutarama along with officials from the Ministry of...

Friday, November 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

New drive to hone students with public speaking skills

Senior members of Toastmasters Club and well wishers will on Saturday convene at the Innovation Village in Kigali for the official launch of the club in Rwanda. The event, expected to attract at least 200 entrepreneurs, professionals and student leaders, will involve many activities, but key on...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

What makes Rwanda's girl-child education model tick

Recently, the Global Gender Gap Report (GGGR) ranked Rwanda sixth in closing gender gaps around the world. To arrive at the conclusion, the 2015 report considered economic opportunity, political empowerment, health and education for both men and women. In education, the report found that 68 per...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 12:00 AM

Week in health

In news around the globe, health authorities in Liberia on Friday reported a new Ebola case. This was a 10-year boy who is being tended to at the treatment centre on the outskirts of Monrovia, the capital. Although Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, there was a resurgence of the disease in...

Monday, November 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Antibiotic week: Why drug resistance is on the rise?

Yesterday the World Awareness Antibiotic week came to an end. The campaign under the theme, ‘Antibiotics: Handle with Care’, aimed at increasing awareness about global antibiotic resistance and encouraging best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid further...

Monday, November 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

BK net profit increases to Rwf16 billion in first 9 months of 2015

Bank of Kigali recorded a net profit of over Rwf16 billion during the first nine months of the year, up from Rwf14.1 billion in the same period last year, indicating an increase of 13.7 per cent. James Gatera, the Bank of Kigali chief executive, attributed the performance to the expansion that...

Monday, November 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Rwandans without accounts to access bank services using prepaid cards

Rwandans without bank accounts can finally benefit from formal bank services, thanks to the launch of the prepaid Ecobank Visa CashXpress.  Wilfred Bocco, the head of Domestic banking at Ecobank, said banked and unbanked population, who have access to automatic teller machines (ATM), point of...

Friday, November 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

How combining theory and practical bit boosts innovation

During a recent Technical and  Vocational Education and Training (TVET) expo, Sinhgad Technical Education Society of Rwanda (STES) exhibited a number of innovative projects that helped it beat other private TVET institutions to the number one spot. When the Education Timesvisited the School...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Majority of public confused over antibiotic resistance – WHO survey

Despite the fact that misuse of antibiotics increases the evolution of resistant microorganism, a new multi-country survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed a rise in misconceptions about drug resistance. The survey, that involved 10,000 people across 12 countries, found that 64...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Steaming vs frying: Which is the most healthy cooking style?

The taste of food or snacks does not necessarily represent their nutritional composition. And while different individuals choose certain cooking methods for preparing meals, experts point out that some actually provide healthier outcomes than others. Depending on the type of food, cooking methods...

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Week in health

Last week, health officials who were recently suspended following the death of an expectant mother at a health facility in Kayonza were arrested. The Minister for Health, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, ordered a probe into the conduct of the four medical officials following complaints that they disregarded...

Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

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