Lessons from Rwanda: Improving Maternal and Child Outcomes through Health System Strengthening

Monday, May 14, 2012

On May 14, 2012, Antoinette (Toni) Habinshuti, Deputy Country Director of Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB), presented on the impact that the organization’s successful health system strengthening has had on outcomes in maternal and child health. For the past six years, PIH/IMB has been working in direct partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to strengthen and transform the public health system in three rural districts (Kayonza, Kirehe, and Burera) to serve as national model districts. PIH/IMB has made a long-term commitment to its partnership with the Rwanda MOH. This commitment to the public system is the basis for a sustainable approach. Toni discusses how this work has led to better outcomes for mothers and children in these regions.  Training materials mentioned in the presentation can be found at PIH’s website.

Antoinette Habinshuti returned to her native country, Rwanda, after several years in the United States to serve as the Deputy Country Director at Inshuti Mu Buzima, Partners In Health’s sister organization in Rwanda. In her role, Toni provides managerial accompaniment and oversees the implementation of all PIH Rwanda program activities across clinical and non-clinical programs, HR, operations and finance. She acts as the liaison between both the Rwanda district and national governments, as well as between IMB and PIH Boston offices.

Watch the webinar here.

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