Kagame shared Rwanda’s experiences yesterday in New York, United States of America (USA) as he attended the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage bringing together Heads of State, political and health leaders, policymakers and Universal Health champions to advocate for health for all as this year’s United Nations General Assembly gets underway.
Kagame highlighted that good health affords people dignity, and enables them to use their talents to the full.
He said that innovation, domestic resource mobilization, and international partnerships, are the key strategies for making healthcare accessible to everyone and shared Rwanda’s experience in making healthcare accessible to everyone.
“First, we have expanded our network of Community Health Workers from two per village, to four. That translates into one worker, for every 40 households, helping ensure that no one is left behind,” he said.
“Second, to improve equity in access, Rwanda set a target that the walk to the nearest health facility should be no more than 25 minutes. Half the country now meets this standard, and the work continues,” added Kagame.
Thirdly, the President told participants that 93 percent of Rwandan girls below the age of 13 have received the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.
“This highlights the importance of gender equity, as well as the urgency of including treatment for non-communicable diseases, such as cervical cancer,” he observed.
Kagame stated that Health insurance is the foundation of Rwanda’s policy framework whereby more than 90 percent of the Rwandan population is now covered with a mixture of community-based and private schemes.
The President said that barriers to achieving high-quality Universal Health Coverage persist, in Rwanda as well as elsewhere around the world and advised that ‘It is the responsibility of everyone gathered here, to take the lead in addressing these gaps, and leave behind a legacy of Universal Health Coverage for future generations. It is possible.’