A national program to put in place many home based care practitioners was officially launched on Monday. The launch was held in Rwamagana district and marks the beginning of the implementation activities for the Home Based Care Practitioners Program (HBCPP) and improving awareness among the community.
Local residents in Rwamagana district receiving free medical consultations at the official launch of the Home Based Care Practitioners program
The Ministry of Health is collaborating with different partners to create proper implementation of this program by strengthening the country’s response due to the burden of growing Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and critical gaps in palliative care.
Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi.
The Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care in the Ministry of Health Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi urged trained HBC Practitioners to maintain professionalism and dedication to all types of patients. He added that the HBCP program would follow a week of nationwide Health campaign on Mother and Child Health care, vaccination immunization, nutrition, family planning and health insurance programs.
WDA's Deputy Director General in charge of training Irenee Nsengiyumva leading in the certificate awarding ceremony for 2010 Home based care practitioners trained under NEP
The Home Based Care Practitioners Program has a link with the National Employment Program (NEP) as it intends to generate jobs for at least 4000 people. Implementing institutions of the program include the Ministries of health, local government, Education through WDA in its NEP component, the Ministry of public service and labour, Rwanda Biomedical Center and National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda
HBC practitioners demonstrating their health skills on Government officials.
In line with the HBCPP implementation, Rwanda Biomedical Center organized a 2-week training of trainers which was followed by 6 months training of 200 Home based care practitioners from 9 hospitals on palliative care, control and prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Some of the Home based Care practitioners during launching ceremony
This first phase training of 200 Home Based Care Practitioners from 100 cells was carried out in nine provincial and referral hospitals (Kinazi, Kinihira, Bushenge, Rwamagana, Ruhengeri, Kibuye, CHUK, CHUB and Kibungo). Each cell had two HBCPs who were trained through Technical Vocational Education and Training system.
HBC practitioners also carrying out an eye check up