The Ministry of Health director of health service and quality assurance has noted that the ministry together with HDI would like to promote reproductive health in the country.
Eduard Kamuhangire,Minisante health service and quality assurance, was speaking on behalf of the minister of health at the awarding ceremony of journalists that complemented the ministry’s efforts and those of Health development Initiative in reporting the news on health development.
HDI recognized three Rwandan journalists Eric Muvara of KT Radio as the overall winner with 78.6% for his radio broadcasts including the one titled “Rulindo bahangayikishijwe n’abana batwara inda bakiri bato.” Muvura has been in media for ten years where he worked at Le journal Umusanzu, Inyenyeri Iwacu, Solidarite and Rushyashya before he would join City Radio, Flash FM, Rwanda Focus and Igitondo.com and now in Kigali Today as anews reporter in Ruhango and Gicumbi district.
Umutoni Carine was runner up from RBA/RTV with 76.6% for making a TV broadcast that aired on November 6 2015 a talk show titled, “Kuboneza urubyaro” or meaning family planning which goes with promoting good reproductive health practices. Umutoni Carine is a senior field reporter and presenter of a special segment on health. She completed a bachelor degree in journalism and communication at the University of Rwanda in 2008 but had been working at then Radio Salus as a reporter and sports show presenter and in 2009 was a news presenter on health, gender, children and social affairs on radio and Rwanda television. In 2016 received two development journalism awards as best journalist of year and best female journalist.
Second runner-up Peter Muyobano of Radio and TV Flash had 76% for his November 16 2015 broadcast titled, “ Udukingirizo mu mashuri”. He is a media and communication professional that studied at Rwanda National University where he graduated in 2013 and would later complete a masters of communication specializing in communication for development at Jomo Kenyatta university-Kigali campus but started working as journalist in 2010 at Radio salus and in 2010 joined Radio Flash FM/TV as a political and health senior reporter and subeditor.
The awarding ceremony took place in Umubano hotel today suponsored by Norwegian People’s Aid, Swedish embassy, the Department for International Development and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation.
HDI Executive Director Dr. Kagaba noted that the awards aim to recognize journalists outstandingly providing coverage on reproductive health and right issues in Rwanda.
“Such issues often considered taboo in our society and as a result we often don’t have enough platforms to learn or discuss about them. We hope that this ward will encourage more media practitioners to report on reproductive health and rights.”
In Rwanda one in five 19 year old girls has started childbearing and 165 of married women have an unmet need for family planning which calls for sensitization of Rwandan males to use family planning methods to improve their quality of life and reproductive health.
“This is really amazing. Thanks partners that contributed to organize the event, thank you the HDI for good work and thanks organizers especially the executive secretary of the HDI. On behalf of the minister I promise you to work as a team and as far as the ministry can afford help you promote reproductive health. We have a long way to go. Media houses should work with the ministry of health and government so that according to the Rwandan culture provide the guidance to promoting reproductive health,” said Eduard Kamuhangire Minisante director for health service and quality assurance.
Statistics show that between collaboration in ministries the journey continues with promoting awareness on reproductive health.
“We need to create a clear strategic orientation in terms of awareness required to promote reproductive health and as a ministry of health hope that the journey will be expanded in districts, sectors in the country and the ministry needs media as partners.”
Media can help promote the culture of understanding, he said, reproductive health, and as a team can complement the nation in promoting the program in the communities where it engages with younger people both girls and boys in mobilization activities.
“In some schools girls and boys share the same dormitories and that shows how aware they are to reproductive health,” said Kamuhangire on the improving comprehension of reproductive health amongst Rwandan students.
“We are mandated to provide health care systems and when it comes to reproductive health it means really a joint hand with our partners and as the ministry of health cannot do anything without you. “
There is not any country that achieves or succeeds in its reproductive health activities without media intervention and initiatives like the HDI.
HDI is an NGO based in Kigali striving to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare for all Rwandans through advocacy, education and training. It employs a group of professional healthcare personnel united in the commitment to improve the healf of disadvantaged communities within and outside the healthcare system. They have vast experience in medicine, public health and community development to bridge gaps between communities and healthcare systems.