Rwanda launches Home Based Care Practitioners program

A national program to put in place many home based care practitioners was officially launched on Monday. The launch was held in Rwamagana district and marks the beginning of the implementation activities for the Home Based Care Practitioners Program (HBCPP) and improving awareness among the community.
Local residents in Rwamagana district receiving free medical consultations at the official launch of the Home Based Care Practitioners program
The Ministry of Health is collaborating with different partners to create proper implementation of this program by strengthening the country’s response due to the burden of growing Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and critical gaps in palliative care.
Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi.
The Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care in the Ministry of Health Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi urged trained HBC Practitioners to maintain professionalism and dedication to all types of patients. He added that the HBCP program would follow a week of nationwide Health campaign on Mother and Child Health care, vaccination immunization, nutrition, family planning and health insurance programs.
WDA's Deputy Director General in charge of training Irenee Nsengiyumva leading in the certificate awarding ceremony for 2010 Home based care practitioners trained under NEP
The Home Based Care Practitioners Program has a link with the National Employment Program (NEP) as it intends to generate jobs for at least 4000 people. Implementing institutions of the program include the Ministries of health, local government, Education through WDA in its NEP component, the Ministry of public service and labour, Rwanda Biomedical Center and National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda
HBC practitioners demonstrating their health skills on Government officials.
In line with the HBCPP implementation, Rwanda Biomedical Center organized a 2-week training of trainers which was followed by 6 months training of 200 Home based care practitioners from 9 hospitals on palliative care, control and prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Some of the Home based Care practitioners during launching ceremony
This first phase training of 200 Home Based Care Practitioners from 100 cells was carried out in nine provincial and referral hospitals (Kinazi, Kinihira, Bushenge, Rwamagana, Ruhengeri, Kibuye, CHUK, CHUB and Kibungo). Each cell had two HBCPs who were trained through Technical Vocational Education and Training system.
HBC practitioners also carrying out an eye check up

A one-week campaign on community awareness and orientation session will precede the launching of the HBCP program. The campaign will involve orientation meeting and awareness through media (live talk shows, radio and TV spots) and through Umuganda

Clementine Umuhoza one of those trained expressed how sensitization on NCDs is very important for people who take long to go for medical consultations if not critically sick.    Learners with this qualification are able to follow NCDs management and palliative care guidelines, provide psycho-social and rehabilitation therapy, conduct early detection check up, apply principles of basic nursing care, provide first aid, conduct verbal autopsy, among other tasks.

The HBCPP will complement the efforts of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR) through collecting data on number and causes of death in the community through verbal autopsy. Among other HBCPs’ data collection activities, they will be responsible for recording deaths and cause of death for civil registration.

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A representative from Bloomsburg University also taking part in awarding certificates