The Rwanda Interfaith Council on Health focuses its interventions in activities related to health promotion including:
- Building capacities of Religious – Based Organizations,
- Promotion of partnership among members and other health promotion stakeholders
- Advocacy for policies that promote community health.
1. HIV Program:
The Rwanda Interfaith Council on Health’s HIV/AIDS program is funded by the Global Fund through Ministry of Health. Its objective is to coordinate Religious-Based Organizations’ interventions in response to HIV in Rwanda.
The program aims at ensuring that Religious Leaders make use of their opportunities to promote universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in their communities and speak out against stigma and discrimination affecting people living with HIV. The program also lines up with strategic goals of HIV and AIDS National Strategic Plan which is the guiding document for the implementation of all programs/projects related to HIV and AIDS in Rwanda.
Specifically, the program’s aims are:
- Community sensitization on the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
- Increased involvement of Religious Leaders in addressing HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination within their communities.
- Coordination and harmonization of faith-based organizations’ interventions for HIV response.
- Increased collaboration with RBC and Ministry of Health in planning, M&E and data collection for HIV programs.
- Capacity building of Religious Leaders in areas of HIV response and health promotion through trainings, meetings and seminars.
- Increased engagement of RBOs in assisting people made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
2. GBV prevention and SRHR promotion
Under this program RICH collaborates with key stakeholders that include MIGEPROF, the Ministry of Health (MOH), Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Investigation Bureau, Local Authorities and District Hospitals to address the gaps related to attitudinal change, institutional capacity building and empowerment of women to ensure that women can enjoy equal rights and live free from discrimination and any kind violence.
The main focus of this program are:
Prevention of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV): focuses on the prevention of SGBV through awareness campaigns, dialogues and workshops as well as training of opinion leaders for positive change in social attitudes and norms.
Capacity building of Isange One Stop Centers in the targeted districts for high quality services: with increased linkages with community and follow-up of SGBV victims through trainings on psychosocial support, home visits for special cases and meetings with victims through support groups.
Social Economic Reintegration through empowering SGBV victims for economic resilience and reduction of GBV incidence.
3.Rwanda Interfaith Response to Promote ECD and Family Program Through Community-Based Initiatives.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) refers to a comprehensive approach to policies and programs for children from 0 to 6 years of age, their parents and caregivers. Lifetime behavior patterns are formed during this period when brain development is most active. Care given by children in their early years is therefore critical as it helps fighting physical and mental stunting but also for both their survival, growth , development, the well-being of the community and the national due to the predictable gains and productivity in adulthood.
RICH participates in the promotion of ECD and Family :
To ensure sustainable and community owned ECD initiiatives ,this project aims to:
1.Engage religious denominations to support low cost community based ECD through its exisiting structures and networks
2.Engage the community in C4D (change in behaviour, attitude, practices and social norm) through religious networks
By engaging religious denominations to support low cost ECD , this project aims at:
a)Upgrading existing religious community initiated initiatives into community owned ECD programs in locations identified by the project
b)Build capacities (knowledge and skills) in provision and sustainability of religious community-based ECD programs
c)Facilitate M&E and learning of low cost community-based ECD programs for scale up and learning purposes.
By engaging the community in C4D( change in behaviour, attitude, practices and social norms) through religious networks, this project aims to:
a)Promote engagement of both parents to care and play with young children
b)Reduce stigma against fathers taking care of young children
c)Reduce violent disciplining practices
d)Reducing the number of children left alone without any adequate care form an adult caregiver