Recap: February 20 – Rwanda

The delegates kicked off their first day in Rwanda with a conversation with the Rwandan Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho followed by a visit to the Busanza Health Center. At Busanza, they met with the staff, toured the facility, and learned how the center manages the community-based health insurance and health management information systems. The group then met with US government representatives for a lunch meeting at the US Embassy where they engaged in a discussion on USG-funded support and how it aligns with country-led health system strengthening efforts. After the US Embassy visit, the delegates visited the Centre Nationale de Transfusion de Sanguine (CNTS) and National Reference Lab (NRL). The day concluded with a reception at the US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission’s residence. The reception, entitled Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact, brought together the delegates, local NGO partners, government representatives, and their Excellencies Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho and Minister of State for Health Anita Asiimwe to celebrate the importance of collaboration and partnership in health systems strengthening.

Rwandan Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho (far right) talks with delegates and MSH Country Representative Apolline Uwayitu (second from left). Photo credit: Crystal Lander/MSH

Rwandan Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho (far right) talks with delegates and MSH Country Representative Apolline Uwayitu (second from left). Photo credit: Crystal Lander/MSH

Community health workers greet the study tour delegates during their visit to the Busanza Health Center. Photo credit: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

Community health workers greet the study tour delegates during their visit to the Busanza Health Center. Photo credit: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

Delegates learn about the Rwanda health insurance system from the staff at the Busanza Health Center. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Delegates learn about the Rwanda health insurance system from the staff at the Busanza Health Center. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

A view of CNTS and NRL in Kigali. Photo credit: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

A view of CNTS and NRL in Kigali. Photo credit: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

The study tour delegates and CNTS and NRL staff. Photo credit: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

The study tour delegates and CNTS and NRL staff. Photo credit: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

A UN representative, Didi Farmer, and Loyce Pace Bass during the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

From left to right, UN representative, Didi Farmer, and Loyce Pace Bass during the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of State for Health Anita Asiimwe, and Deputy Chief of Mission Jessye Lapenn (left to right) at the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of State for Health Anita Asiimwe, and Deputy Chief of Mission Jessye Lapenn (left to right) at the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Didi Farmer (left) and a study tour delegate at the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Didi Farmer (left) and a study tour delegate at the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Some of the reception guests and study tour delegates pose for a group photo at the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Loyce Pace Bass/LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Some of the reception guests and study tour delegates pose for a group photo at the Together for Health: Stronger Health Systems for Long-Term Impact reception. Photo credit: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

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