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WHO Pledges Technical Support for Rwanda to Attain SDGs

by Dan Ngabonziza
4:43 pm

(2nd L) Dr. Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa after hodling discussions with President Paul Kagame (c) at Village Urugwiro

Rwanda will begin receiving technical support from the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa to achieve development targets.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa is convinced about Rwanda’s development model. On Thursday she held talks with President Kagame.

“I was very inspired by the President’s clarity in defining his vision and in working with partners on how to bring in their support to work with Rwanda,” she said.

She said WHO is ready to provide technical support to Rwanda in attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are a set of 17 goals the world will use over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

For Dr. Moeti, Rwanda’s model of working with partners should be replicated across other African regions.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa wants Rwanda’s development model replicated in other African regions

For instance, she said, “He [Kagame] called it being stubborn. He said sometimes we have had to be stubborn with our partners and tell them that we need your help but help us in this way. I asked him it would be a wonderful thing if he could spread his stubbornness around to his peers because it really provides a clear vision, policy definition and I think it facilitates the work of all of us in contributing to health.”

‘Good Health and Well-being’ is goal number three WHO has put much emphasis in ensuring it is achieved within 15 years.

Dr. Moeti has been in Rwanda leading the launch of the World Health Organization’s inaugural Africa Health Forum which focused on health financing in line with SDGs.

Speaking at the forum, she said; “We recognize that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides as an opportunity to reposition primary prevention in health service delivery and also provide an ideal platform for catalysing inter-sectoral engagement and action.

It also calls for stronger collaboration and engagement among all stakeholders behind the goal of achieving Universal Health Care, while leaving no one behind.”