Social and Behavior Change Communication

Save Generations Organization (SGO) is a Rwandan National NGO dedicated to protect the rights of children, youth and women, prepare, empower and equip the future generations.

Faith Victory Association (FVA) is a Christian Faith Based and Non-governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to providing orphans, women, and minors a safe haven, training, schooling, and opportunities since 2003.

The Ihangane Project is a nonprofit healthcare organization that began in 2008 as a grassroots effort to address health challenges in Rwanda. 

VISION: HDP aims to become a Rapid Action organization, the most dynamic in Africa, which designs innovative and sustainable solutions adapted to the changing context, to ensure a better and more developed life, for Rwandans particularly and Africans in general.

Society for Family Health (SFH) Rwanda was established in 2012 following a partnership arrangement between Population Services International (PSI), the Government of Rwanda (through the Ministry of Health) and USAID.

Umurage Communication for Development (UmC) is locally-registered Rwandan organization specializing in developing behavior change communication programs through radio drama.

Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead their SBC programming around the world.

This policy document provides an overall framework for health promotion development and practices in Rwanda. The National Health Promotion Policy (NHPP) promotes disease prevention, empowers communities to translate health information into desired action, and encourages community participation and ownership of health promotion related activities. The Health Promotion Policy was developed taking into consideration the HSSP III, Vision 2020, EDPRS II and the WHO recommendations to member countries on the need for formal policies on health promotion.

Strategic Document Rwanda Health Promotion Strategy 2013-18

The Rwandan government is committed to improving the health status of Rwandans. The Ministry of Health (MOH) is well aware that health promotion is a key and strategic initiative to health development. Evidence clearly shows that health promotion, when incorporated into the achievement of public health goals, makes a positive contribution to the improvement of human health. Health promotion enables individuals to acquire information, knowledge to positively influence attitudes, and skills to effect positive attitudes and behaviors; it empowers Rwandans with the tools to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Led by the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Biomedical Center through its Rwanda Health Communication Center, and in partnership with WHO and the USAID-funded Rwanda Family Health Project, the Rwanda Health Promotion Strategy represents national-level guidelines to assist in creating positive outcomes which are reflected in the Third Health Sector Strategic Plan (2012 – 2018), such as empowerment for health action at all levels of society and covering a wide range of priority health areas. Health is an investment in our future as a nation, and it is envisioned that this strategic document will both provide a framework for Rwanda’s bold attempt to position health promotion as a means to also invest in people’s health and place a high value on their lives and contributions they must make to achieve collective goals.