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World Health Statistics 2014 contains WHO’s annual compilation of health-related data for its 194 Member States, and includes a summary of the progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets.

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Average Annual Rate of Decline;

  1. % in under-five mortality rate,1990–2012
  • Rwanda is eighth in Africa with 55%. Rwanda went down 6 positions from the 2013 Report
  1. Measles immunization coverage among 1-year-olds (%)
  • Rwanda is 5th African country to have surpassed its target of  90% coverage by 2015 set at the 2010 World Health Assembly. Rwanda went up three positions from the 2013 report.
  1. (%) in maternal mortality ratio, 1990–2013
  • Rwanda is 4th African country with a maternal mortality ratio of 320; the maternal mortality ratio is defined as the number of maternal deaths per 100 000 live births. Maternal mortality ratio reduced from 340 in the 2013 report.
  1. Births attended by skilled health personnel (%)
  • Rwanda is 15th  in Africa and is still below the targeted 90% coverage by 2015 set by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+5). Rwanda dropped 2 positions from the 2013 report.
  1. Antenatal care coverage (%) at least one visit and at least four visits
  • Rwanda is 3nd in Africa after Burundi, and Cape Verde. Rwanda is close to meeting the global target of 100% coverage on at least one visit by 2015 set by the ICPD+5. Rwanda dropped from the 2013 report from 2nd position.
  1. Unmet need for family planning (%)
  • Rwanda is 8th African country with smallest percentage of women who are productive and sexually active but want to stop or delay childbearing and are not using any method of contraception. Achieving the MDG target of universal access to reproductive health by 2015 can be interpreted as 0% unmet need.
  1. (%) in HIV prevalence, 2001–2012
  • Rwanda is 10th in Africa with 1806 estimated HIV prevalence per 100 000 population for 2012. Though Rwanda dropped by 2 positions from the 2013 report, HIV prevalence reduced from 1909 to 1806.
  1. Antiretroviral therapy coverage among people eligible for treatment in 2012
  • Rwanda is 4th in Africa providing antiretroviral therapy. Rwanda exceeds the 80% target of Universal antiretroviral therapy coverage.
  1. Children aged <5 years sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (%)
  • Rwanda is 3rd in Africa to have highest percentage of children under 5 years old that slept under an insecticide-treated net. We still remain below the target of 80% coverage set by WHO and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
  1. Children aged <5 years with fever who received treatment with any antimalarial (%)
  • Rwanda is 31st African country below the  100% coverage target set by WHO and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership.
  1. (%) in tuberculosis mortality rate,1990–2012
  • Rwanda is 6th in Africa with 10 estimated tuberculosis mortality rate per 100 000 (excluding deaths among the HIV-positive). Rwanda surpassed AARD of 2.7% needed for the target of a 50% reduction between 1990 and 2015 set by the Stop TB Partnership.
  1. (%) in proportion of population without access to improved drinking-water sources, 1990-2012
  • Rwanda is 30th with 29 estimated proportion not using improved drinking water source.

Countries are sorted in descending order based on this rate of decline. Rwanda has reached and managed to go below the AARD of 2.7% required to reach the MDG target of halving, by 2015.

  1. (%) in proportion of population without access to improved sanitation
  • Rwanda is 3rd with 36 estimated proportion not using improved sanitation, for the period 1990–2012 (or any minimum period of five years since 1990).
  • Rwanda is at the  AARD of 2.7% required in order to reach the MDG target of halving, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to basic sanitation.

Other Key Highlights:

  • Rwanda is among the 24 countries that gained more than 10 years of life expectancy between 1190 and 2012.



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