Health Care & Support

The RWN offers medical services, with the main focus areas being gender-based violence, HIV/Aids, mental and reproductive health. Health lays the foundation for the clients to be able to fully participate in the other complimentary services in a holistic approach. The approach to health management equips the women to lead positive and productive lives.

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.

Polyclinic of Hope – NYAMIRAMBO

The Polyclinic of Hope was first established in Nyamirambo, Nyarugenge District, Kigali. It’s model would then be replicated in other districts in Rwanda . The centre currently caters for more than 1,500 women and their families.

To-date the Polyclinic of Hope has been replicated in four areas in Rwanda, namely in Bugesera, Huye and Gasabo (Village Of Hope Kagugu). Locally, the PoH is the process of further being replicated in Gatsibo and Gakenke District. Regionally the model is also the process of being introduced in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through the PoH model Rwanda has been a learning ground for other countries in the region, including Kenya, Eritrea, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Polyclinic of Hope – HUYE

The PoH Center in Huye started in 2006 as a collaborative effort between the Rwanda Women’s Network and Abasa Association, a community-based organisation. The group brings together women survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide, reaching out to 250 persons in four Sectors in the District, namely Ngoma, Mukura, Tumba and Gitwe Sectors. The Center provides the following services for women survivors of the 1994 genocide: medical services, including provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for those that were raped during the genocide and living with HIV/AIDS; social and group solidarity support, as well as income generating activities to ensure that the women self-sufficient and able to cater for their own needs

Polyclinic of Hope – BUGESERA.

The PoH Center in Bugesera started in 2006 and currently reaching out to 1,200 persons from 10 Sectors of Nyamata, Butama, Musenyi, Ruhuha, Gashora, Mayange, Rilima, Juru, Kamabuye and Rweru. The Center initially started with services for women survivors of the 1994 genocide that were raped and living with HIV and AIDS. However, the outreach has expanded to other vulnerable women including the poor, victims and survivors of sexual and gender based violence