28 May 2011

Rwanda: Campaigns to Keep Women Healthy Commendable


The Ministry of Health in partnership with Imbuto Foundation, this week, launched a campaign to eliminate Mother –to-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS, with a target to reduce the transmission rate at birth to below 2 percent by 2015.

This initiative comes shortly after the First Lady kicked off a national cervical cancer prevention programme whereby girls between the age of 11-15 years are vaccinated.

It is such programmes that have seen the welfare of the Rwandan women remarkably improved by the day.

The constitution guarantees the participation of women at all levels of government, and this has not only helped integrate them in national development efforts but also facilitated gender equality.

In the education sector, girls are now enrolling into schools at the same rate as boys and there are numerous programmes in place to ensure that they don't drop out and also take on subjects that were wrongly perceived to be a male domain.

To ensure that women promotion reaches desired levels, it is fundamental that they remain healthy. But, with the existence of terminal diseases like HIV/AIDS and cancer, their safety is at risk.

It is such efforts that will guarantee their well being and help them realize their goals in life.

Copyright © 2011 The New Times. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.