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Bill Clinton announces new medical assistance to Rwanda The former United States President Bill Clinton pledged support to train medical practitioners in a seven-year programme.
John Rwangombwa
John Rwangombwa

Bill Clinton announces new medical assistance to Rwanda

The former United States President Bill Clinton pledged support to train medical practitioners in a seven-year programme.

He made the remarks at Rwamagana School of Nursing and Midwifery after a tour with President Paul Kagame, to check on development projects in the Eastern Province.

Clinton said that the programme will help in increasing on the number of doctors, nurses and health managers.

The programme will see 100 medical practitioners from 13 American schools of medicine and nursing interact and transfer training capacity.

He explained that the development is expected to upgrade 5,000 nurses to attain higher professional levels.

About 2000 will get specialized training in areas like oncology and pediatrics. He also said that E-learning strategies will be used in grading the skills of nurses.  


Musanze police acquire ICT skills

Fifty one police officers completed a trained in business and Information, Communication Technology (ICT) training, including 12 female.

The training was provided by Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT). DOT is an international NGO aimed at promoting the access and application of ICT so that people can be able to exploit education, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Diane Uwase, one of the DOT facilitators said the training aimed at economically empowering police officers.

She clarified that although there are situations when people earn less but given proper planning, it is easy for them to improve on their financial standing.

Rwanda, Chinese bank sign financing agreement

The Minister of Finance, John Rwangombwa, signed the US$116 million loan deal with Sun Ping, the Vice President of Export Import Bank of China (Exim Bank).

The agreement was signed in Beijing, China and it finalizes the process to get the fund to construct the Rusizi-Rubavu highway, through Karongi District.

 Exim Bank is set to finance the construction of the 66 kilometres road that connects to a transnational road to Burundi, Tanzania through Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since the deal is finalized, Rwangombwa is optimistic that the project will kick off soon.

He said that this also marked the beginning to have many other deals to be signed as there are many projects expected.

Rwangombwa highlighted on the benefits of the project saying that it is such a great one, since it connects Rwanda to regional countries.

Gender Office to inspect government institutions

 The Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) announced that it will soon start examining gender responsiveness of budgets within all ministries.

Chief Gender Monitor, Oda Gasinzigwa, said that ministries plan for many projects but that it is possible that others may not be implemented as indicated in their budgets.

Gasinzigwa said that findings will be used by her office in reporting to Parliament. She pointed out that in this report, focus will be put on which projects were implemented and what was left out.

She explained that failure to implement certain projects is what has caused her office to initiate the campaign.

Somali, South Sudan police train in Kigali

32 senior police officers from Somalia, South Sudan, started a two months training in managerial and supervisory skills. The training is also being attended by officers from Burundi and Rwanda

It is taking place at the Rwanda National Police headquarters in Kacyiru, Kigali.

At the end of this training, participants are expected to have acquired skills in preventing, detecting and investigating transnational organised crimes. Organizers said that the training will also cover studies in police command dimensions, leadership as well as management and human rights issues.

The Minister of Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harelimana, said the training is beneficial as it builds officer`s capacity to deal with complicated crimes.

He said that fighting crimes that are emerging, needs training programmes to enable law-enforcers deal with such crimes.

The minister added that the region and the world cannot preserve peace and security unless law-enforcers were in position to adjust to the ever-changing security dynamics.

Treated Hair Banned in Schools

The decision to ban school girls from treating their hair attracted different views from both parents and teachers. 

State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Mathias Harebamungu, Kigali City and head teachers made up the decision saying it will help students to concentrate on studies.

Some head teachers said that this comes after it had been noted that girl students were spending more time in treating their hair and that it is affecting their performance.

Martin Masabo, the Head teacher of Lycee de Kigali, said it is not yet time for students to have treated hair.

He explained that there is that right time when their girls will treat their hair, but not when they are meant to concentrate in studies.

Over 20,000 recruited for national census

24,426 officials have been recruited by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) to conduct the forthcoming National Populations and Housing Census.

These include computer experts, statisticians, specialists and trainers. The exercise that will kick off next month will see teams going door-to-door to count residents.

According to the UN, a national census is meant to be carried out at least every ten years. This will be the fourth general housing and population census. The first was conducted in 1970, while the last was in 2002.

Yusuf Murangwa, the Director General of NISR  expressed optimism that the exercise will be carried out effectively attributing it to the measures that have been put in place.

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