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National Study in Rwanda Family planning barriers

Over the last two decades, Rwanda has registered tremendous improvement in family planning (FP). The contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) in the country has tripled from 17% in 2005 to 53% in 2014-15

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Accelerating Fertility Decline to Trigger the Demographic Dividend in Rwanda

Rwanda’s fertility rate declined slowly up to 2005 when the country initiated one of the fastest fertility declines in human history over a five year period. The total fertility rate fell markedly from 6.3 to 4.6 children per woman between 2005 and 2010, buoyed by an impressive increase in contraceptive use. However, the rate of decline decelerated between 2010 and 2015, with the fertility rate dropping by less than half a child to 4.2 births per woman. The infant mortality rate declined from 86 per 1000 live births to 32 per 1000 live births, while under five mortality rate declined from 152 to 50 deaths per 1,000 live births between 2005 and 2015.

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Working with community malaria action teams (CMATs) contributes to malaria control

Rwanda is aiming at malaria pre-elimination by 2018, maximization of existing malaria preventive measures through active community participation is a high priority. Elimination of malaria should not be the responsibility of health professionals alone. Rather health professionals should work with the community to promote their participation in malaria elimination initiatives.

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Time matters: Improving Awareness to Reduce Stroke Mortality – Policy brief

Stroke kills an estimated 5 million people worldwide each year, with developing countries contributing 3.3 million; the number one cause of stroke is hypertension.

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