Rwanda to Expand Green Schools Program to All

Mubende Doctors under Uganda Non- communicable Disease Alliance (NCDA) have asked government to make drugs for non-communicable diseases available in rural health centres.

They said many people have  continued to die due to such treatable diseases like cancer, dosage high blood pressure, what is ed diabetes because they fail to access treatment in time.

“Take the example of Kiganda Health Centre III, we suffer regular drug stakeouts and nothing has been done by government to address this problem, yet we continue to receive patients in dire need of such drugs,” said Ms  Prossy Asaba, a midwife at Kiganda Health Centre III Mubende District.

Ms Asaba who is also a volunteer  with  UNCDA  said although some patients manage to purchase  drugs  using their meager savings, many fail to complete the recommended dosages due to lack of money.

This was  revealed  during  a dialogue in Mubende District on Wednesday.

A number of women attended the NCDs campaign at Kiganda Health Centre III Mubende district
A number of women attended the NCDs campaign at Kiganda Health Centre III Mubende district

The dialogue was aimed at  checking  community’s understanding of non-communicable diseases and sensitizing them about the risk factors.

Ms Grace Amongi Oyile ,  UNCDA the chief executive officer, revealed that  various organizations like C3 Corroborating for Health, Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation and UNCDA have teamed up to carry out a
six-month pilot study about the prevalence of  NCDs in Mubende District before rolling it out  in  other districts .

“We are mostly targeting woman because we think they are the most affected and thats why I ask the government to put more emphasis on NCDs campaigns like they do for HIV/Aids,”  she said


Dr William Lumu, the chairperson Uganda Diabetes Association cautioned the general public to continue watching their health styles.

According to recent recent studies from Ministry of Health, an estimated 43 percent of deaths in the country are caused by NCDs due to poor lifestyles and unhealthy foods.

According to UNCD, about 1,064, 000 million people are estimated to have died of NCDs in 2010 alone.
Rwanda’s unique and innovative Green Schools Program will be expanded to all schools across the country in an effort to involve all young Rwandans in the protection of their natural environment.

The program has to date been run by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), rx and will now be handed over to the Ministry of Education.

The handover is set to take place on Thursday at a meeting with program stakeholders and school officials.

The meeting will discuss the success of the program to date and its future.

By ensuring that all school students have the chance to learn about environmental stewardship, Rwanda is building a strong foundation on which to build a green and climate resilient society.

The handover meeting at Umubano Hotel,  will bring together stakeholders in education, environment and development.

The objective of the workshop is to discuss how the Green Schools Program will be expanded, while ensuring quality environmental education for a sustainable future.

Initiated in 2011 by REMA in collaboration with MINEDUC and districts, the Green Schools Program engages students in hands-on activities by creating environmental friendly learning conditions.

The program activities include making tree nurseries, tree planting, greening the school compounds by planting paspalum and installing sign posts with messages that encourage environmental stewardship, good hygiene and sanitation, as well as promote resource efficiency and waste management.

Implemented in 207 schools across Rwanda to date, the Green Schools Program aims to educate the school community about the environment while transforming schools into healthy, vibrant ecosystems that can catalyse change in the broader community.

According to Dr Rose Mukankomeje, Director General of REMA, understanding and addressing environmental issues in schools can help to solve other ecological and health challenges while heightening student engagement and awareness.

“We started this program to engage and involve school children in the protection and sustainable management of our environment. We empower students to make a difference within their communities and help them acquire the best environmental values that can guide them for life,” Dr Mukankomeje said.

“The Ministry of Education is well placed to take the lead in championing best environment practices and greening activities in schools. This is why we are handing this program over to them,” she added.

Since its establishment in 2006, REMA has been involving schools in environment protection activities to equip young people with the necessary skills to contribute to a sustainable future for the country.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, environmental clubs have been created in schools and trained on different environment and sustainability issues. Clubs play an important role in raising awareness in schools and the surrounding community.

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