Rwanda Nurses and Midwives Union was from September 13, 2021 to September 16, 2021 honored to host the ICN team led by ICN CEO Mr. Howard Cotton. The ICN team was in Rwanda to among others access Rwanda’s Nursing and Midwifery health system.
During their four-day visit to Rwanda the ICN team among others held meetings with Rwanda’s Minister of health Dr. Ngamije Daniel and the Mayor of City of Kigali Mr. Pudence Rubingisa. Both visits discussed a wide range of issues related to Nursing in Rwanda.
Mr. Howard and his team witnessed the grasp of Rwanda’s political leadership in as far as understanding issues pertaining Nursing and Rwanda and their readiness to support nurses and the nursing profession in Rwanda.
The visit offered RNMU and the entire Rwanda Nursing fraternity an opportunity to interact with the ICN visiting team and share experience and discuss issues partitioning nursing.
As part of activities carried out during the visit, RNMU together with the visiting ICN team held a workshop that was attended by Nursing leaders in Rwanda, ICN CEO and his team. The workshop was both physically and virtually attended by nurses in Rwanda, RNMU partners and National Nursing Associations (NNAs) in the region.
Held under the theme Investing in Nursing education, practice, and leadership to achieve UHC/SDGs in Rwanda and the region, the workshop had presentations from the RNMU president Mr Andre Gitembagara as an advocator for the Nursing profession, the presentation was about Optimizing the contributions of the nursing and midwifery workforce to achieve UHC and SDGs. The Status of Nursing and Midwifery Education, Opportunity and Challenges was also discussed by the Dean of Nursing &Midwifery School, UR/CMHS Dr Madeleine.
Something so interesting about African Nurses Migration and A challenge to achieve UHC, SDGs was discussed by the President of East Central South African College of Nursing (ECSACON) Ms Keoagetse Kgwabi
And finally the presentation from the ICN CEO on the Hoarding and slow global roll-out of vaccines that continue to put nurses at unacceptable risk and on governments’ need to invest rapidly in advanced nursing roles to maximize effectiveness of healthcare systems in a post-pandemic world and the President –
To crown it all, RNMU president Mr. Andre Gitembagara together with ICN CEO Mr. Howard Cotton held a press conference where among others the ICN CEO commended the government of Rwanda for supporting and improving conditions of nurses amidst Covid-19 challenges. Howard called on governments to invest rapidly in advanced nursing roles to maximize effectiveness of healthcare systems in a post-pandemic world. He further acknowledged the role of RNMU in advocating for availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the wake of the COVID -19 pandemic.
RNMU President, Mr. Andre Gitembagara thanked the ICN team for visiting Rwanda, and the entire ICN fraternity for the continued good and cordial working relationship with RNMU. Mr. Gitembagara further thanked the Rwandan Government for the continued support and readiness to continually improve the welfare of nurses and the nursing profession most particularly for having ensured the 100% vaccination of all nurses and midwives across the whole countries, even to those working in remote areas.