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.
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.