KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Rwandan government has taken measures to achieve
universal coverage of health-care by 2030, in line with UN
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a Rwandan senior health
official said Monday in the capital city of Kigali.
The strategies put
in place includes scaling up community-based health insurance
program Mutelle de sante, whose coverage presently stands at 90
percent, said Jean-Pierre Nyemazi, permanent secretary at the
Rwandan ministry of health, at the opening of a consultative
meeting on health financing for universal health coverage in
According to him,
Rwanda, in 15 years, has been able to develop a community-based
health insurance system recognized for its achievements in terms
of population coverage, service utilization and financial
The government will
continue to expand the network of community health workers at
every village and serve as an essential link between the
population and health-care facilities, Nyemazi said.
There are currently
about 610 health posts across the country, but in partnership
with other development partners, more efforts are being put to
ensure that every cell has one, Rwandan health minister Diane
Gashumba said earlier this month.
health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to
quality essential health-care services and access to safe,
effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and
vaccines for all, is among the health targets of SDGs.
UN proclaimed Dec.
12 as International Universal Health Coverage Day last year,
which aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and
resilient health systems and universal health coverage with