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The CDC office in Rwanda was established in 2002 with support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS and TB. In 2006 the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and influenza programs were added. New projects on noncommunicable diseases are being initiated. CDC Rwanda staff specializes in epidemiology, laboratory services, HIV prevention, care and treatment, health policy, surveillance and informatics, program management, and monitoring and evaluation.

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CDC Staff

9 U.S. Assignees
38 Locally Employed

Rwanda at a Glance

Population: 11,331,300
Per capita income: $1,530
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 66/63 yrs

Top 10 Causes of Death

  1. Lower Respiratory Infections
  2. HIV
  3. Diarrheal Diseases
  4. Congenital Birth Defects
  5. Cancer
  6. Preterm Birth Complications
  7. Encephalopathy
  8. Neonatal Sepsis
  9. Protein Energy Malnutrition
  10. Road Injuries

Source: Population Reference Bureau: Rwanda, 2015
Source: GBD Compare: Rwanda, 2015

What CDC Is Doing

HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) expanded

CDC Rwanda’s HIV work includes building country capacity in public health workforce development, epidemiology, surveillance, health information systems, and program monitoring and evaluation. A specific example of health information systems work includes the innovative use of cell phone and Internet technology to develop a national HIV reporting system and to contributions to the national e-health strategy through its support for health management information systems.

CDC Rwanda supports developing in-country laboratory workforce capacity, progressing toward laboratory accreditation at 10 laboratories, improving laboratory infrastructure and information systems, and building capacity at individual facilities to deliver high-quality clinical lab services. CDC has also worked with the MOH to increase the capacity of its reference laboratory through enhanced laboratory diagnostics and through deploying national quality management systems.

People living with HIV are up to 30 times more likely to develop active TB than those who are not. CDC Rwanda’s key HIV and TB activities include improving and expanding HIV counseling and testing services, TB/HIV integrated service delivery, and blood safety services. This work has led to higher TB treatment success rates and a stronger, more sustainable TB program.

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