About the Polyclinic of Hope

The Polyclinic of Hope (PoH) came into being in 1997 as an intervention of the Rwanda Women’s Network. Adopting a holistic approach, the PoH responded to the plight of women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence by addressing their health, psychosocial, shelter and socio-economic needs in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. To date beneficiaries include current cases of sexual and gender-based violence, widows, orphaned and vulnerable children and people living with HIV and Aids.

The Polyclinic of Hope has been replicated in four centres around Rwanda, and currently caters for over 11,000 beneficiaries, who include the infected and affected by HIV. Through the PoH replication at the Village of Hope, Kagugu, the RWN was the recipient of the UNDP and UNAIDS 2006 Red Ribbon Award titled “Celebrating Community Leadership and Action on Aids”, and the 2007 UN-Habitat Dubai International Award in “recognition of best practices to improve the living environment” for child-headed households and genocide widows and their families.

PoH Vision

A healthy Rwandan society free of gender-based violence, where women lead dignified lives enabling them attain their full potential

PoH Mission

To holistically enhance the socio-economic and health status of women, their families and communities towards sustainable peace and zero-tolerance on gender-based violence


  • To improve the health status of women survivors of gender-based violence, their families and communities and create space for solidarity building, sharing and peer learning
  • To economically empower vulnerable women and their families, including the youth in the rural and urban areas through competent financial and managerial systems to foster socio-economic growth within households and communities
  • To promote peace and reconciliation, with emphasis on human rights and gender equality
  • To replicate the PoH model in Rwanda and other post-conflict countries