RWANDA: RIGHTS BODY MAKES PLEA FOR AFFORDABLE PROSTHESES | AfriTV Online

The National Commission for Human Rights is pushing for affordable access to prostheses-artificial body parts-for people with disabilities. Specifically, the organisation is advocating for the inclusion of the artificial body parts used by people with ...

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RWANDA: RIGHTS BODY MAKES PLEA FOR AFFORDABLE PROSTHESES

Published by: A. Odean
10/17/2020 08:28 PM

The National Commission for Human Rights is pushing for affordable access to prostheses-artificial body parts-for people with disabilities. Specifically, the organisation is advocating for the inclusion of the artificial body parts used by people with disabilities on community-based health insurance scheme - mutuelle de santé.

 

The Commission made the recommendation on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 while presenting its activity report for the financial year 2019/2020 to both chambers of parliament. Prosthesis is an artificial body part that is used to replace the damaged part of the body to help improve medical conditions for the affected person.

 

According to the National Council of Persons with Disabilities, a prosthesis costs between $468 (over Rwf400, 000) and $936 (over Rwf800, 000) depending on the type, making them unaffordable for many people with disabilities. The same issue was also exposed by the Commission's previous report 2018/2019.

 

 

Senator Adrien Umuhire wanted to know the strategies in place to ensure that body replacement and support devices are accessed and covered by mutuelle de santé in all hospitals. "This issue has been recurrent in the reports of the National Commission for Human Rights," she said, demanding for a plan from the Ministry of Health and the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) to address the problem.

 

Marie-Claire Mukasine, Chairperson of the National Human Rights, told legislators that the Ministry of Health cited the high cost of prostheses among the challenges that limit accessibility to medical devices.

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