Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world. Following the genocide in 1994 of almost one million people, many of the hospitals and health centres were looted, and most of the health staff were killed or exiled.
- Life expectancy in Rwanda is just 58 years.
- 18% of children are malnourished.
- In some areas of Rwanda 35% of women experience domestic violence.
Rwanda’s economy has been improving since 2000, however almost half the population still does not have the resources they need to live a healthy life.
Health Poverty Action has been working to strengthen people in Rwanda in their struggle for health since 1998, we are currently working with Rwandan communities to provide safe water and sanitation facilities, tackle HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, to end violence against women and to reduce poverty directly through income generation.