Rwanda's Health System and Sickness Insurance Schemes

11 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2006

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Laurent Musango

National University of Rwanda - School of Public Health

Jean Damascène Butera

Abt Associates, Inc.

Hertilan Inyarubuga

National University of Rwanda - School of Public Health

Bruno Dujardin

Free University of Brussels - School of Public Health

Abstract

After the war and the 1994 genocide, Rwanda drew up a national health policy with a view to realigning its health system. The reform, which was designed to remedy the deficiencies of the previous system, focused on community involvement in managing and financing health services. Achieving this objective was never going to be easy, but thanks to a growing number of initiatives 37.8 per cent of the Rwandan population now have some degree of sickness insurance cover. However, the system in general, and more particularly the mutual associations organized around the community, needs to be strengthened.

Suggested Citation

Musango, Laurent and Butera, Jean Damascène and Inyarubuga, Hertilan and Dujardin, Bruno, Rwanda's Health System and Sickness Insurance Schemes. International Social Security Review, Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 93-103, January 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875045 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-246X.2005.00235.x

Laurent Musango (Contact Author)

National University of Rwanda - School of Public Health ( email )

P.O. Box 56
BUTARE
Rwanda

Jean Damascène Butera

Abt Associates, Inc.

55 Wheeler Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-1168
United States

Hertilan Inyarubuga

National University of Rwanda - School of Public Health

P.O. Box 56
BUTARE
Rwanda

Bruno Dujardin

Free University of Brussels - School of Public Health ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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