Background

SUMMARY OF IMRO’s PROFILE

ORGANIZATION DETAILS

I . PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF IMRO

  • NAME and Head Office : IMRO :Ihorere Munyarwanda Organisation
  • Complete address: Po .Box :2802 Kigali Rwanda

Kigali-City /Gasabo District / KG 40 St

  • Organization phone number : +250 788304999
  • E-mail address:info@imrorwanda.org,ihoreremunya@yahoo.fr
  • Website:www.imrorwanda.org

 

II.ORGANIZATION  LEGAL  STATUS

 

Ihorere Munyarwanda Organisation (IMRO) is Non Governmental Organization that was founded in 1999 and legally operating in Rwanda. We were granted legal personality No 03/11 and have fulfilled all requirements for compliance with the new Law number 04/2012 of 17th February 2012 governing the Organization and Functioning of National Non Governmental Organizations/RGB-Rwandan Law.

 

  1. I ORGANIZATION’s HISTORY AND MAIN FIELDS OF ACTIVITY:

 

IMRO implements interventions in the context of Poverty Alleviation, Gender  Equality, Nutrition, GBV, HIV, Education, Environement ,Peace Building ,Health Promotion, accountability, Advocacy and Networking in order to emprove lives of IMRO’s beneficiaries at individual, family and, community levels for sustainable social economic development. This is achieved through broad consultation, partnership and transparent management with differents Stakeholders.

The organization works towards the vision of IMRO as a national organization of excellence in harmonization and synergy for a healthy society, targeting Adolescents, Key Populations, Woman with Low income and other vulnerable populations to have access to services  with Human Right based approach.

 

IMRO works with Key populations ie : Female Sex Workers &MSM ,Women with Low Income and other vulnerable groups such as orphans and other vulnerable children (OVCs). The organization supports voluntary testing and counseling among MSM, Female Sex Workers, PLHIV, and their children in partnership with Health Centers and Hospitals whereby MoUs signed between IMRO and Health Centers. IMRO also give supports through HIV Prevention, income generation activities and economic reintegration for both former and current female sex workers while promoting sexual and reproductive health knowledge and behavior change.

The organization works in collaboration with peer educators to provide outreach, health and life skills training, and referral for HIV testing and treatment for sex workers. In addition to improving access to services and reducing economic vulnerability for sex workers, IMRO supports HIV prevention, providing lubricants to MSM and education among OVCs and children of sex workers. As to achieve the aimed activities, IMRO with support of Government institutions like MoH, District whereby IMRO is member to different Technical Working group of Ministry of Health and JDAF ( Joint Action Development Forum ) and others development partners like UNICEF, USAID IREX, Firelight Foundation, SAID-RFHP, MoH/SPIU Global Fund and FHI360 ,Amplify Change 1,2,3& Networking Grant , EKEN Project have promoted health access&Justice  services to IMRO’s Beneficiaries .

III. I M R O Summary of Achievements.

 

III, 1. HIV /AIDS Program ,SGBV Achievements and Wash Interventions:

 

Identification and enrollment of MSM differ from FSWs for different reasons

Identification and recruitment of FSWs done through hotspots while for MSM is done through their existing  associations/organizations and other key informants;

The program of MSM started in May 2014 with 6 MSM organizations tallying around 150 MSM. Up to Dec. 2014, program is enrolling 9 associations totaling 493 MSM (22 in Rubavu and 471 in Kgl) under USAID FHI360Support.

 

By 15th April, 926 FSWs enrolled in program (470 in Kigali and 456 in Rubavu).

 

  • IMRO have reached 6,200 FSWs and MSM trough Peer education and also addresses the problem of gender-based violence, Stigma and Discrimination to which they are particularly vulnerable;
  • IMRO have reached 5,800 FSWs targeted STI screening and HCT of FSW and their clients in hotspotsand Hygien messages and Providing them Hygien materials ,
  • IMRO have distributed 360,000 Condoms per year for FSWs,
  • IMRO have targeted and reached 2,459 for SRH , PMTCT services for pregnant FSW and Hygien messages and Providing them Hygien materials

 

  • 3,600 MUSA Provision of Health Insurance to poor FSW to reduce financial barriers to access adequate health services;
  • IMRO have reached 12,000 Adolescents and Young People on Reproductive Health ,HIV/AIDS and GBV messages trough campaign and Anti AIDS Clubs in Schools and Out of Schools.
  • IMRO have reached 115,000 People trough campaign and sensitization on HIV /AIDS Program and Hygien messages and Providing them Hygien materials

 

IV.2. Advocacy Interventions

 

  • IMRO has conducted Advocacy activities to Parliament and MoH and local authorities to improve protection of FSW &Their Children and MSM to access to Health Sevices;
  • IMRO has Strengthen FSW and MSM participation in policy development and program implementation including National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS 2013-2018;
  • Quartally Coordination meetings with local authorities; Policy and Laws including Stigma and Discrimination to Key Pop.

IV.3 Sexual Reproductive Health Rights /SRHR

 

Main Goal :”Scaling up awareness and Advocacy for Sexual Reproductive Health and Right of Women in Rwanda”.

 

 

IV.3.1, OBJECTIVES OF THE MEETINGS:

 

The main objectives of this meeting are the following:

  • Awareness about emerging issues and causes of unsafe abortion
  • Advocacy to increase their knowledge on SRHR as individuals and how to advocate for Women rights.
  • To increase knowledge of Teen Mothers and Female Sex Workers on Sexual Reproductive Health and Right (SRHR).
  • To increase knowledge of Teen Mothers and Female Sex Workers on their rights as individuals and how to advocate for their rights.

The intervention has been reached 150 Teen Mothers and Sex Workers ,150 Stakeholdeders includes Local Authorities, Law enforcers, GBV Police, MAJ, Health Service Providers in 5 Districts ( Rusizi, Rubavu,Musanze,Muhanga and Nyarugenge Districts).

The Second Project is focussing on raising awareness campaigns to increase knowledge of the community, law enforcement agencies and female sex workers by reducing stigma and discrimination among sex workers. Advocacy to reduce stigma and discrimination related to unsafe abortions among female sex workers. Capacity building will increase the knowledge and skills on sexual reproductive health. Litigate a constitutional case to provide precedence. Monitoring and Evaluation to overcome risks, transparency and accountability.

 

  1. MAIN GOAL

 

Awareness Campaignsto empowering communities and engaging FSWs, Local law enforcement and stakeholders to decrease stigma and discrimination among women of reproductive age by ending unsafe abortions in Rwanda”.

  1. OBJECTIVES

 

The main objectives of this meeting are the following:

  • To increase their knowledge to reduce stigma and discrimination among 150 Sex Workers in Rubavu in 5 Districts.
  • Organize informational meeting with 150 Community Stakeholders to increase their knowledge on FSWs rights as individuals and how to advocate for their rights in 5 Districts.
  • To increase their knowledge 150 Sex on their rights as individuals and how to advocate for their rights.
  • To Organize informational meeting with150 local law enforcement agencies to increase their knowledge on FSWs rights as individuals and how to advocate for their rights in 5 Districts.

This intervention has been reached :

  • 150 local lawenforcement agencies wich increase their knowledge on FSWs rights as individuals and how to advocate for their rights in 5 Districts.
  • 150 Sex Workers Increases their knowledge on reducing stigma and discrimination among themselves in Rubavu in 5 Districts.
  • 150 Community Stakeholders increases their knowledge on FSWs rights as individuals and how to advocate for their rights in 5 Districts( Gicumbi,Kirehe,Nyamasheke,Ruhango and Gasabo Districts)

Third project( Amplify) is focusing on Strengthening Rwanda SRHR CSO Network, linking SRHR-focused CSOs to build a Strong Voicein coalition with other members of CSOs such as Health Development Initiative (HDI), Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD) and Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV and health promotionthrough the funding of  Amplify Change forincreasing community awareness, demand for and access to family planning services through World Contraception Day Celebration,enhancing capacity and leadership of emerging small-to-medium sized CSOs in Rwanda through training on advocacy initiatives, SRHR, human rights, the importance of networking and collaboration.

MAIN GOAL

Strengthening Rwanda SRHR CSO Network, linking SRHR-focused CSOs to build a Strong Voice

Objectives of the meetings

  • Enhance capacity and leadership of emerging small-to-medium sized CSOs in Rwanda through training on advocacy initiatives, SRHR, human rights, the importance of networking and collaboration.
  • Create a network of CSOs willing to work and collaborate to push the realization of the safe abortion and SRHR in Rwanda.
  • Promote experience sharing and learning across CSOs at the country-level, in order to strengthen linkages and the effectiveness of advocacy.
  • To improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available
  • To encourage the general population, particularly pregnant women, young adolescent to seek for health services from skilled health providers especially family planning, ANC/PNC and delivery at health facilities
  • To allow women to make informed choices about their reproductive health, in the hope that every pregnancy is intentional.
  • Enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health

 

 

This intervention has been reached :

  • (30 SRHR CSOs in Kigali city, 2 staff from each organization were trained, which makes them 60 Staff reached and trained from those 30 CSOs) andbuild their capacity through trainings by giving them important SRHR informations in order to build the SRHR advocacy strong movement.
  • Through mass media campaigns, promotional materials with contraception related messages and celebrating World Contraception day, the population in general have been aware of contraception. 25 participants attended physically the event and 5904 accounts with social media influencersdue to Covid 19 prevention measures which can’t allow the big number of persons to be gathered in the hall.

IV.4. Social Protection /

 

IV.4.1 : Nutrition

 

  • IMRO have reduced socio-economic vulnerability and Increase quality of Nutrition of Sex Workers, PLHA and Womens with low incomes by encouraging them to create Associations, GSLAs and Cooperatives whereby 162 Catlles and 675 Small Animals uder support of Global Fund.
  • 4,00 Kitchen Garden have been created ( Encrease their Nutrition especially for PLHAand Women with Low income) under support of FHI 360.
  • 1758 Beneficiaries Reached with 500 Families (Includes 200 FSWs, 50 MSMs, 100 Teen Mothers & 150 Vulnerable Families with children under 5 years with their dependents of total 1258+500 Beneficiaries = 1758 under “Turikumwe Project supported by European Union during COVID 19 Period in Rubavu District”.
  • The action of food distribution in Rubavu district by IMRO Rwanda was done successfully to targeted group where five hundred (500) vulnerable key populations families as a targeted number with 1,758 dependents including fifty (50) LGBTI Community, two hundred families (200) of Female Sex Workers, one hundred families (100) of Young mothers and one hundred fifty (150) of vulnerable families with children below 5 years affected by lockdown in Rubavu Districts access a full package of food, hygiene materials and amount of money to buy charcoal for cooking provided food. But because there is a large number of a key population in this district like 2000 and above some families didn’t get help.
  • This distribution was done carefully by respecting social distancing, using hand sanitizers to keep preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • This project became a facilitator to 500 key populations families affected by COVID-19 lockdown as they didn’t get the income to satisfy their basic needs some of them didn’t have health insurances (Mutuelle de Santé) and after getting this money supports, by their owner choice 330 key population families paid health insurance for their families.

 

IV.4.2.Economic Streingthening

 

  • IMRO has linked 675 famillies to Micro Finance Institutions to access loans and credits Through Groups of Savings and Loans Associations (GSLAs) Program,
  • IMRO hasreached ,supported and reduce socio-economic vulnerability of  3,075 PLHA and Woman with low income with Agricultures activities,
  • 52 GSLA (37 in Rubavu and 15 in Kigali) were formed to promote the culture of saving among FSWs and MSM
  • 52 GSLA that include 31 GSLA for FSW, 12 for women with low income and 9 for MSM)
  • By end of March 2016, the 52 GSLA  recorded Rwf 20,9 76,357 of savings of which Rwf 16,43,008 were granted as short term loans to groups ‘members for their respective small businesses.

 

IV.4.3. OCATION TRAINNING TAGERTING WOMENS AND YOUTH at HIGH RISKS ( Key Populations)

  • Skills empowerment with vocational trainings in different domains:
  • 275 Womens and Youth at High Risks trained in Hair dressing.
  • 175 Womens and Youth at High Risks trained in Manicure and pedicure
  • 50 Womens and Youth at High Risks trained in Driving Schools
  • 75 Womens and Youth at High Risks trained in Culinary courses
  • 55 Womens and Youth at High Risks trained in Welding (“soudure”)

 

  1. NCDs Program/Fistula Program

 

IMRO has reached 18,800 People trough campaign and sensitization on Fistula /NCDs  trough  “Obstetric Fistula Prevention and Repair Awareness Campaigns” (OFPRAC)/Program in 6 Districts/Eastern Province.

 

VI.Major activities and accomplishments

VI.1.A summary of the grant activity objectives and achievements;

The fact that many cases were reported referred to Kibagabaga hospital and up to 50% of people treated during the April 2014 sessions were from the targeted districts, is it evidence that Fistula awareness was very much increased in Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Kayonza and Rwamagana communities.

This was possible due to different implemented activities including theatre performances, radio programs, meetings and door to door outreaches among others.

Men, women and young adolescents know what is fistula, how to prevent it and where to find help when someone is in need for treatment Were From the testimonies collected, we realized that stigma and discrimination is no longer an issue. Local authorities, health facility staff and community health workers were empowered with capacity to contribute to the prevention of fistula and refer new cases to the nearest health facilities.

VI.2.A summary of the activity implementation process, lessons learned and recommendations;

The outreach campaign included various community and mass media activities, thus community theatre performances and dialogues, radio drama series, radio spots and door to door outreaches. We implemented various preparatory activities including a 3-day workshop to develop and validate campaign messages, trained up to 536 Community Health workers (CHWs) on fistula prevention, and organized orientation meetings at both district and community levels to involve all levels in the implementation of the campaign.

By the end of the campaign, we had conducted 12 theater performances and interactive quizzes on fistula related messages were we reached a total number of 18,800 people. The audience included community members, school teachers and students, opinion leaders and local authorities at the district levels, sector and the cell levels.

The activity was also implemented in closed collaboration with the targeted districts but also with the Ministry of Health, USAID funded Rwanda Family Health Project, members of parliament as well as the local media.

Door to door outreaches involved 13,375 households to sensitize them on fistula prevention and identifying possible cases. That number makes 99 % of our target. IEC materials including brochures, posters and banners with key messages were, developed, printed and distributed in the 4 targeted districts.

The radio spots were aired in each district to mobilize community members to attend the outreach events Ishyingiro, Izuba and Nyagatare Community radios also aired mini drama-series and live talk shows to increase awareness of fistula prevention. The talk shows were facilitated with technical support from the MoH and RFHP representatives.

VI.3.Description of project impact and results, based on the indicators presented in the application as well as any other anecdotal information, stakeholder or observer commentary;

The implementation of the campaign was a success because we have been able to train 99% (536) of our targeted Community health workers, organized all 12 theatre performances and reached 18.800 people. CHWs were able to reach 99% of targeted households with key messages of fistula prevention and the impact  of all that is the fact that Kibagabaga hospital have receiveded more cases in April 2014 sessions than during previous ones.

The positive impact of this project is that local authorities, CHWs and even community members at different levels are now all involved in prevention of fistula. And health facilities are collecting more cases because now people know the signs of fistula and the fact that it is a curable disease. The outcome from all these efforts is that the demand is very much increasing.

It is very important to recognize here the great collaboration IMRO had with the Ministry of Health, all targeted district authorities and all needed technical support provided by the RFHP team during the implementation of this campaign.

VI.4 .A discussion of how Chemonics’ grants funding contributed to the objectives of the health facility.

This  Grant  has contributed in strengthening the capacity of the targeted health facility staff through a training organized on fistula prevention.

The targeted health facilities were directly involved in the planning process of the campaign whereby they contributed to the identification of community health workers (CHWs) to be trained, identify strategic sites to organize theatre performances, community radios to use and who will be involved in each activity including mobilizing local authorities and community members to attend theatre performances, community meetings and door to door outreaches.

The health facilities were able to collect data regarding suspected cases with the support from CHWs, local authorities and IMRO field staff. This was very helpful because some of the cases were confirmed and treated at Kibagabaga Hospital.

The good and positive think is that, the tartegeted health facilities are continuing to collect and send names and physical address so that they can all get the opportunity to be treated.

The campaign activities were included in the district JAF plans and it was then easy for every health facility to report all related activities Above all, Nyagatare, Gatsibo, Kayonza and Rwamgana district authorities were also very much involved in every single activity of the campaign from the planning to the implementation and reporting. The Mayor of Gatsibo participated in the official launch of the campaign; the Vice Mayors in charge of social affairs not only attended different theatre performances but also followed up other community mobilization activities including meetings and radio talk shows.

This has contributed a lot to the great success of the campaign and they committed to make sure the districts continue increasing awareness on fistula prevention even after with the knowledge gained by the health facility staff and CHWs.

It is in the regard of contributing to the achievement of these national efforts in the perspective of preventing HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Gander Equality,GBV,RPH,NCDs &Poverty Alleviation within Vulnerable Groups, Key Populations specifically with Human Right Based aproach, and within the general population that Ihorere Munyarwanda Organization (IMRO) is conducting different interventions and based  in the community in various areas in Northern,Southern, Eastern ,Western Provinces and Kigali City.

 

VII.Major activities and accomplishments In Justice Sector

 

IMRO has been working together on advocacy and sensitization activities related to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for women and girls; however, the organizations is building on his experience and successfully record to enhance capacity and coordination of CSOs across the entire human rights and justice sector. Because SRHR was a focal point that experienced successful advocacy initiative, IMRO is using lessons learned and demonstrated strategies to use for a broader range of CSOs that work on other issues in (i.e. access to justice, reconciliation, education, etc.). These techniques include, but are not limited to: 1) the use of evidence to formulate the position; 2) working with multiple stakeholders to develop cohesive arguments, increase the basis for support, and spread awareness on the issue; and 3) leading lobbying meetings with Parliamentarians as well as law and policy makers.

 

In joint-partnership on advocacy for access to safe and legal abortion,IMRO in collaboration with HDI,GLIHD and RNGO organizations submitted a position paper and policy brief to the Law Reform Commission, Members of Parliament, government ministries, and the media to influence the process of amending the penal code. By conducting coalition meetings with CSOs and lobbying meetings with key decision-makers (i.e. Law Reform Commission staff, Ministries of Health and Justice, and members of Parliament), these organizations have established an effective relationship with the Law Reform Commission and Parliament.

 

In addition, between 2015 and 2017, IMRO in Collaboration with HDI,GLIHD,Strive Foundation and RNGOF  engaged organizations serving women and youth; professional associations; public and private healthcare providers; and law enforcement officials and lawyers through workshops around the penal code review process.

 

The organizers continued holding coalition meetings, growing from three to 11 CSOs that provided valuable input into the 2017 petition paper to Parliament.In 2017, the Ministry of Justice presented a draft law to Parliament determining offenses and penalties as adopted by the Cabinet; and this draft law incorporated most of the advocacy recommendations from CSO engagement.

 

IMRO serves as a strategic partner as well due to our record in working with specific target groups that have been identified by the Rwandan Government as key populations.

 

IMRO is reaching 11 Districts JRLOS members ,Local authorities and Cicil Society /CSOs by Strengthening Rwandan Civil Society Organizations’ Capacity to Influence Policy in the Justice Sector

 

The project Strengthening Rwandan Civil Society Organizations’ Capacity is to Influence Policy in the Justice Sectoris a project with the main objective of marketing the role of CSOs to state actors and bolster CSOs’ relationships and participatory engagement with government. Furthermore, the coalition of CSOs Organizations namelyHealth Development Initiative (HDI), Ihorere Munyarwanda Organization (IMRO), Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD), and Rwanda NGOs Forum for HIV and Health Promotion(RNGOF), sought to build on their experience and successful record to enhance capacity and coordination of CSOs across the entire human rights and justice sector.It is in that purpose that, with the support of the Embassy of Netherlands,they organized various activities to engage justice sector CSOs on their role and advocacy in strengthening the justice sector both at District level and national level.

 

Advocacy to access Health Services and Nutrition to Key Population

(FSW&their Children and MSM in Collaboration with others CSOs like RNGOF ,HDI&Strive Foundation.

 

IMRO is member of differents Technical Working Groups in the Ministry of Health/RBC.

 

  • Member to TWG on Key Populations
  • Member to TWG on Familly Planning (FP),
  • Member to TWG on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH),
  • Member to TWG on Rwanda Marternal New Born Child Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) ,

 

IMRO is member of differents Networks of NGOs &Civil Society at National and International Level.

 

At National Level ,

 

IMRO is a member of :

 

  • Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion,(RNGOF on HIV &HP),
  • SUN Alliance Rwanda ( Scalling Up Nutrition Alliance-Rwanda),
  • GFF Rwanda Network ( Global Financing Facility Rwanda Network),
  • EACSOF -Rwanda Chapter ( East African Civil Society Organization Forum Rwanda Chapter).
  • UPR CSOs Consortium Member.

 

 

At Regional Level ,

 

IMRO is a member of :

 

  • EACSOF Regional ( East Africa Civil Society Organization Forum,
  • EANNASO/RNGOF ( East Africa National Networks AIDS Services Organizations),
  • Rwanda Alcohol Policy& Drug Abuse Policy Alliance”RADAPA”
  • East Africa Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA),
  • International AIDS Society (IAS)/Africa

 

At Global Level

 

  • GFAN ( Global Fund Advocacy Network),
  • CS4ME Africa English Network on Malaria,
  • Africa Health Advocacy Network,
  • Anglophone Africa Country Cordinating Mecanism Observers for Global Funds on HIV, TB &Malaria Network,
  • Africa Domestic Funding Network,
  • Universal Health Coverage Civil Society Network (UHC CSO Network),
  • International AIDS Society (IAS)/Global

 

 

Ends——-

 

 

Done at Kigali , 12th January, 2021

 

MWANANAWE Aimable,LLB,MIRD

IMRO National Coordinator