About us


Rwanda Health Initiative for youth and women is a non-governmental, non-profit organization focusing specifically on improving the lives of adolescents, young people and women.

1. Background

RHIYW is a Rwandan non-governmental organization born out of the passion and involvement of youth SRH champions, clinicians, health care advocates and public health experts. RHIYW implements diverse public health interventions in reproductive health (RH). RHIYW utilize effective, sustainable approaches and strategies to accelerate the reduction of the morbidity and mortality associated to untended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, sexual violence, pregnancy and sexual transmitted disease. RHIYW collaborate with public institutions and organization working in the domain of Healthcare, health promotion, Human Rights and advancing social justice. In addition to the local team RHIYW have an advisory committee made up of global experts in the fields of SRHR, public health and advocacy.

2. Goals

To ensure that adolescents, young people and women live healthy lives; by implementing project aiming at prevention of unintended pregnancies, sexual violence, Sexual transmitted disease, and reducing maternal disabilities and deaths. And empowering adolescents, youth and women to make informed choices about their own bodies.

3. Mission & Vision

RHIYW’s mission is to enable adolescents, youth and women to lead interventions in sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

4. Our Values

  • Gender equality
  • Equity
  • Accountability
  • Partnership
  • Transparency
  • Sustainability
  • Integrity
  • Creativity/Innovation
  • Excellence

5. Partners

  • Rwanda Ministry of Health
  • Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC)
  • Ministry of Youth and Culture
  • District Health units
  • District Joint Action Development Forum (JADF) forum
  • The David and Lucile and Packard Foundation
  • Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RSOG) Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynecology (RCOG)
  • Preston Werner Ventures
  • Venture Strategies for Health and Development(VSHD)
  • Hesperian Health Guides
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  • Great Lakes Initiatives for Human rights and Development (GLIHD )
  • Health Development Initiative (HDI)

6. Our Priorities

  1. To conduct operations research, and monitoring & evaluation programs to guide policy and practices in sexual and reproductive health.
  2. Implement strategies of using telemedicine to increase access to sexual reproductive health services.
  3. To implement innovative interventions for effective provision of youth friendly sexual reproductive health services in public primary health facilities localized in rural areas.
  4. To support public youth centers to deliver trusted, confidential, comprehensive sexual reproductive health and rights services.
  5. Strengthen the provision of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to adolescents and young people.
  6. Provide technical support to the Rwanda Ministry of Health to implement strategies for reducing maternal mortality rate associated to unsafe abortion, sexual violence and sexual transmitted disease.
  7. To expand facility based comprehensive post abortion care services though health providers training.
  8. Strengthening Isange One Stop Center (GBV Centers) in their unique role to help victims.
  9. To promote post abortion care family planning with emphasis on long term contraceptive methods.
  10. To ensure availability of quality medical commodities in public health facilities.
  11. To build the capacity of rural public health facilities and family planning health posts in provision of quality, integrated sexual reproductive health (SRH) services to adolescents, young people and women.
  12. Increase coverage for sexual reproductive health services in rural areas served by faith-based health facilities.
  13. Improving access to sexual reproductive health services for high risk groups of young people including teen mothers, sex workers and LGBTIQ.
  14. To strengthen the leadership capacity of young people in SRHR programs, especially those for adolescent girls and young women.
  15. To create opportunities/platforms for discussions, sharing ideas and best practices in SRHR services and provisions.
  16. To build the capacity of community health workers in the provision of reproductive health education and services.
  17. To implement strategies for fighting against gender discrimination and sexual violence.
  18. To implement socio-economic strategies for vulnerable group of adolescent girls and young women; including teen mothers.

7. Our Approach

  1. Involve and promote youth participation.
  2. Empowering adolescents girls and women
  3. Establish strong partnerships and support government institutions in project implementation
  4. Implement peer education activities.
  5. Provide integrated, youth-friendly services that are in accordance with national policies.
  6. using a client-centered approach.
  7. Prioritize confidentiality and privacy.
  8. Mobile outreach in rural areas.
  9. Collaborate with local and international NGOs.
  10. Community involvement.
  11. Improve access to services for vulnerable groups.
  12. Inclusion
  13. Promote the use modern information and communication technologies (ICTS) in provision of sexual reproductive health services and education.
  14. Collaborate with National and International public health research institutions.