Kigali 12 August 2021 – In a bid to reduce dependency of African countries on the global supply of vaccines and facilitate access in areas where the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted shortages, Enabel, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, contributes to Rwanda’s goal of building a robust ecosystem in the biotech industry and to boost Rwanda’s readiness to manufacture vaccines and other pharmaceutical products. The initiative is financed by the European Union.
Dirk Deprez, the Resident Representative of Enabel in Rwanda said, “Enabel is delighted to be contributing to this noble cause of ensuring that the much-needed vaccines and drugs are accessible in Africa thus contributing to the global vision of health equity.”
The partnership is part of the Team Europe initiatives which provide various support measures to reduce the African continent's dependence on imports of vaccines and medicines in order to prevent and contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
It aims at supporting ongoing efforts to strengthen the Rwanda Food and Drug Authority (Rwanda FDA) through the provision of key laboratory software (Laboratory Information Management System) and it is subsequent to the agreement signed between the European Union (EU) and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) aiming to strengthen the capacity of the Rwanda FDA, which is key to enhancing the attractiveness of Rwanda for future investments in drugs and vaccine manufacturing.
“We strongly believe in vaccine equity as one of the sustainable ways of dealing with Covid-19, therefore, we are grateful for the partnership with the Belgian Cooperation and look forward to availing vaccines and other pharmaceutical products to a bigger number of beneficiaries by bringing vaccine manufacturing capabilities in the country” said Dr Daniel Ngamije, the Minister of Health.
The Ministry of Health and the Government of Rwanda will continue to work closely with the Belgian Cooperation, through Enabel, to reach the country’s key strategic health and development goals.
Rwanda is among the three largest beneficiaries of Belgian development cooperation. This cooperation supports Rwanda’s sustainable development agenda for the socioeconomic welfare of its population.Enabel works in three areas in line with the priorities of the Rwandan government: health, agriculture and urbanisation. More information on our activities in Rwanda can be found here