Background & History

The Rwanda Medical Association (RMA) is a national, voluntary association of physicians that advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high quality health care, and provides leadership and guidance to physicians. Registered as an independent, non-profit organization, RMA acts as a trade union for its public and private sector members and as a champion for doctors and patients. On behalf of its members, the Association strives for a health care dispensation that will best serve their needs.

As the voices of doctors in the country, the association further seeks to uphold high standards of practice and to promote the adherence of medical ethics and conduct among its members.

RMA is committed to being at the fore front of healthcare management by enhancing and integrating professionalism among members; integrating members into policy negotiation, formulation and implementation and building alliances with other health professional association and regulatory bodies to meet the health needs and expectations of Rwandans.

The RMA head office is situated in Kigali City, Capital of Rwanda.

The RMA is a member of different International Medical Organization and/or Association:

  • World Medical Association, WMA www.wma.net
  • Commonwealth Medical Association, CMA www.commonwealthmedics.org
  • Confederation of African Medical Associations and Societies, CAMAS East African Medical Association, EAMA

History

The Rwanda Medical Association (RMA) was founded in 1995 and is guided by its mission and vision statements. RMA is the first organized group of Rwandan medical doctors in Rwanda. It was jointly and originally founded by three Rwandan Medical doctor namely Dr XXXXXXXXXX (President and Spokesperson), Dr XXXXXXXXXX and Dr XXXXXXXXXX as secretary.

Ten year after its foundation, the association organised its first and annual national conference. In 2005, the RMA held its first General Assembly addressing specific issues pertaining to the practice of the medical profession in Rwanda. In collaboration with the National University of Rwanda, the RMA also participates in organizing the annual Scientific Meeting of the Butare Medical Congress.

The RMA has also organized several national and international conferences in collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Health (MoH) and other local and international organizations. These include, among others:

  • August 2005, Kigali Rwanda – International Symposium on Infectious Diseases in Rwanda.
  • July 2006, Kigali Rwanda – The National Conference on Maternal and Infant Health.
  • July 2007, The National conference on Quality Assurance and E-Health. Sept 2008, The International Symposium on Orthopedics and Traumatology.
  • February 2009, The workshop on Gender-Based Violence in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).
  • August 2009, The International Conference on Prevention of Maternal and Neonatal Death : Toward MDGs 2015 . Click here to read the conference report .
  • February 2009, the RMA also organised a workshop on Gender-Based Violence in partnership with Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

Subsequently in 2010, RMA in cooperation with Danish NGOs (Danish Medical Association and Global Doctor), started a partnership project called Project Fund, aiming retaining health workers in rural districts by building up the capacity of the RMA.

More information of Project Fund in RMA, click here