Rwanda, Belgium Sign € 18m Deal to Bolster Health Sector

physician geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Within the indicative cooperation program (ICP, order 2011 – 2014) of 160 million Euros (Rwf 151.2 billion), the Government of Belgium had committed 55 million Euros (Rwf 52 billion) to support health services in Rwanda, including through sector budget support.

The present agreement consists in releasing the last part of 18 million Euros out of 32 million Euros allocated to the health sector budget.

This grant is the contribution of the Government of Belgium in the realization of the objectives of Rwanda’s third Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP III), developed for the period 2012-2018.

The grant will be disbursed in two equal instalments of 9 million Euros for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 fiscal years respectively, to contribute to an annual increase in the allocation to the Health sector budget for the two consecutive years.

“The Government of Rwanda is presently engaged in continually providing improved health services for the Rwandan population through the provision of preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care thereby contributing to the reduction of poverty and enhancing the general well-being of the population,” Claver Gatete, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning said Thursday.

Belgium has been supporting health sector through sector health support since 2008. Globally, 25 percent of all Belgian development aid to Rwanda is provided through sector budget support.

”Spectacular increase in life expectancy and substantial reduction of maternal and child mortality have become flagship successes of the Rwandan health sector. Rwanda is one of few countries in the world that is achieving key indicators of the Millennium Development Goals in the health sector. This is the result of sound policies and concrete actions to achieve well defined goals,” declared Marc PECSTEEN, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Rwanda.

Besides the health sector, the above mentioned indicative cooperation program (ICP, 2011 – 2014) has committed 55 million Euros for the development of energy sector and 28 million Euros to support decentralization in Rwanda, among other areas to contribute to the implementation of Economic Development and Poverty Strategy, EDPRS.

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