The main goal of the Ministry of Health is to provide and continually improve the health services of the Rwandan population through the provision of preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care thereby contributing to the reduction of poverty and enhancing the general well-being of the population.
The Ministry of Health’s key strategies are based upon the recently revised National Health Sector Policy which focuses on:
* The decentralization of the health system using the health district as the basic operational unity of the system
* The development of the primary health care system through its eight core components
* The reinforcement of evidence based medicine: Integrated management of childhood illnesses, clinical care of obstetrical emergencies to decrease infant and maternal mortality rates
* The reinforcement of community participation in the management and financing services
All of these initiatives serve the pursuit of health; even the construction of a school will facilitate increased uptake of health services in the next generation because a well-educated woman is a highly valued member of a family who is well taken care of.