Health professionals trained by SFH Rwanda urged to be catalysts for change

By Esther Muhozi
On 11 May 2024 at 06:26

The Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), Prof. Claude Mambo Muvunyi, has called on professionals from health and related sectors trained by Society for Family Health (SFH) Rwanda, to be catalysts for change in their work.

At the conclusion of the year-long training on various topics, including optimal nutrition choices, the use of technology in healthcare, and focus on the world of technology, RBC urged the trained individuals to apply this knowledge in their roles.

The training, conducted over a year using technology, included participants from Rwanda and Kenya, primarily professionals in the health sector, as part of the ’OneLearns’ program.

Prof. Claude Mambo Muvunyi praised the program for its continued effectiveness in spreading necessary knowledge for improving service delivery and encouraged the participants to build on this learning.

He stated, “I don’t think you will be able to fully understand the direction, whether it’s national or international, without this knowledge. Based on what you’ve learned, I think you will be able to grasp our objectives and how to implement them.”

Prof. Muvunyi highlighted that the inclusion of lessons on using technology for information dissemination and learning underscores the global trend towards relying on technology in various activities.

He added, “We need to know how to use technology, and through these lessons, you will be able to seek solutions, and also utilize technological tools to identify and solve the challenges we face in public health.”

Prof. Muvunyi assured RBC’s continued support to SFH Rwanda so that the next phase will see an increase in the number of trainees, aiming to spread knowledge to more people.

The Executive Director of SFH Rwanda, Gihana Wandera Manasseh, emphasized that the trainees will use their newfound knowledge to drive necessary and positive changes.

He said, “This is a sign that we are moving in the right direction. They say that taking one step each day in the right direction will lead you to your destination. What matters is that we are on the right track, so this is a remarkable step.”

Gihana added, “You have been trained and much has changed. I believe that you will be the catalyst for change in the society.”

On the other hand, Gahigana Seraphine, an SFH Rwanda employee who participated in the training, expressed that the knowledge gained would transform their professional practices.

“I have learned a lot, including studying health programs using technology because that is the era we are entering. The health sector has not been left behind. Thus, we learned that one can use technology whether in medical treatment, seeking medical care, doctors, or how health service providers can utilize it,” she explained,

Gahigana showed that the training could change the mindset of those working in the health sector and related areas and requested an increase in numbers to extend these opportunities to many others.

Joseph Otieno from Kenya remarked that the knowledge he acquired will be fruitful as he plans to share it with colleagues who did not have the same opportunity, to be used in enhancing service delivery.

The trainees were educated using technology by faculty from Swedish universities such as KTH Institute of Technology and Mälardalen University, under an SFH Rwanda scholarship, with the certifications awarded being internationally recognized.

The Executive Director of SFH in Rwanda, Gihana Wandera Manasseh, emphasized that the trained individuals will utilize the knowledge they received to bring about positive and necessary changes.
The Director General of Kibuye Hospital, Dr. Issa Ngabonziza, indicated that this program helped him gain knowledge.
The Director General of the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), Prof. Claude Mambo Muvunyi, urged health workers and their affiliates trained by the Rwandan organization promoting health, SFH Rwanda, to be catalysts for change.
The journalist Abera Martina was the MC.
Kenyan Njeri Wacheke was glad for achieved milestone after year-long training.
Umulisa Liliane is among graduates.
Zipline employee, Umwari Mireille receiving her certificate.
An employee from Mdu Feben Javan was among among trainers.
Umwari sharing advantages of the training.
Joseph Otieno from Kenya remarked that plans to share acquired knowledge with colleagues who did not have the same opportunity.