Health & Care
Rwanda Red Cross Society, as auxiliaries to the government, plays an important role in promoting safe and sustainable blood programmes.
National Society engagement in blood programmes means responsibility for blood collection and donation mobilization. This means systematic blood donor recruitment activities or advocacy for and promotion of voluntary non-remunerated blood donation VNRBD.
Through this initiative, young donors provide blood to save lives and encourage other young people to do the same.
Public Health Awareness
Public health is a community based programme where community members gather to discuss topics that affect their health and safety and address how to they can improve their communities.
Our public Health approach comprises a comprehensive approach to primary health care, first aid and emergency health preparedness at the community level. This approach mobilizes communities and their volunteers to use simple tools adapted to local context to address the priority health needs of a community and to empower them to be in charge of their own development.
With our public health work we had the added advantage of serving as an important gateway for incoming disaster response teams which need critical information about existing health systems and services, stakeholders and most importantly, the needs of the community pre-disaster and immediately after the disaster.
Psychosocial support in Rwanda Red Cross
Psychosocial support is an integral part of the IFRC’s emergency response. It helps individuals and communities to heal the psychological wounds and rebuild social structures after an emergency or a critical event. It can help change people into active survivors rather than passive victims. Early and adequate psychosocial support can:
1. Prevent distress and suffering developing into something more severe
2. Help people cope better and become reconciled to everyday life
3. Help beneficiaries to resume their normal lives
4. Meet community-identified needs.
Disasters, conflicts and health problems have severe psychosocial consequences. The emotional wounds may be less visible than the destruction of homes, but it often takes far longer to recover from emotional impact than to overcome material losses.
Early support and adaptation processes which respect local customs in mental health or psychosocial healing allow an affected population to cope better with a difficult situation. Social effects are the shared experiences caused by disruptive events and consequent death, separation, sense of loss and feeling of helplessness.
The term psychosocial refers to the close relationship between the individual and the collective aspects of any social entity. Psychosocial support can be adapted in particular situations to respond to the psychological and physical needs of the people concerned, by helping them to accept the situation and cope with it. To respond to the psychosocial needs, The International Federation uses a community based approach to facilitate the resilience of the affected population.
Rwanda Red Cross uses this approach to support refugees, marginalized people and other vulnerable groups to heal their emotional wounds and promote their well-being. Rwanda Red Cross does those activities through community based volunteers trained in psychosocial support. The Psychosocial support activities delivered by volunteers in Rwanda include:
1. Working with refugees and help them to heal their wounds and cope with the situation trough teaching them the coping mechanisms (Mass communication on constructive coping methods); group activities, social cohesion (between refugees & host community);
2. Educate the youth to become an Agent of behaviour change;
3. Educate people to avoid family conflict
4. To address child protection issues; advocate refugees for the particular needed services (including basic services & security), vulnerable groups and people living with disabilities;
5. Identify, support & advocate unaccompanied children
6. Together with ICRC, doing family tracing and reunification;
7. Activation of social networks trough women & youth ‘groups;
8. Psychological first aid;
9. Referral for special cases.