Not-for-profitYear launched: 2007
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Maternal, newborn and child health
- Pharmacy services
- Primary care
SummaryHealth Builders is a non-governmental organization that is dedicated to strengthening healthcare systems through management, infrastructure, and technology initiatives so that every person has access to high quality healthcare.
Health Builders' vision is for every person to have access to high quality health care, allowing them to live dignified, healthy, and prosperous lives.
Key program components
Health Builders (HB) is dedicated to addressing the fundamental challenges that prevent universal access to quality primary health care services in Rwanda: inefficient management systems, inadequate or nonexistent health infrastructure, and outdated technology. Through partnerships with local and national governments, HB mentors health care providers to build strong management systems; constructs comprehensive primary health centers where access is limited; and equips health centers with system strengthening technology that supports efficient and sustainable operations. This approach results in health centers with the knowledge, resources, and capacity to thrive as independent enterprises, ensuring more people receive higher quality care in Rwanda.
HB’s mentorship approach strengthens health administrators’ capacity to manage community health centers, targeting where the need is greatest. As providers develop strengths in key capacities, health center operations are transformed to be lean, cost-effective and data-driven. Mentorship leads to key organizational improvements, including evidence-based strategic plans, balanced financial accounts, and organized human resources and pharmacy systems. Progress in these critical areas results in more reliable and accessible health commodities and services
HB's infrastructural development focuses on safe health care delivery. Where poor physical conditions compromise care, we improve them. Where no health centers exist, we construct them, complete with the technological resources necessary to thrive. Each new health center serves a catchment population of approximately 25,000 people, though thousands more travel by foot, bike, and bus from other districts to seek care there.
HB's technology interventions use simple, inexpensive tools to improve health care delivery in resource-limited communities. After working with communities to identify their greatest needs, we purchase and install technological solutions that are durable and easy to use. To date, our foremost technology interventions are Oxygen, Solar, Safe Water, and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).
By Joy Nwizu and Ebun Sotubo of Solina Health