Health Sector Overview

Rwanda is internationally recognized for its success in offering universal access to healthcare.

With over 84% of Rwandans insured by the mutuelle de santé, Rwanda has ensured that her citizens have access to primary health care.

Rwanda has also successfully reduced the infant mortality rate by over 60%.

The country currently operates a well-functioning, decentralized healthcare public service system comprising 1700 health posts, 500 health centers, 42 district hospitals, and five national referral hospitals.

Rwanda also has a vibrant private health services sector, which comprises of 2 general hospitals, two eye hospitals, 50 clinics and polyclinics, eight dental clinics, four eye clinics, and 134 dispensaries.

There is 1 Joint Commission International-certified hospital and one public medical college producing 100 general practitioners per year.

Rwanda plans to expand the provision of better health care and develop medical tourism through the attraction of state-of-the-art and specialized medical facilities;

Investment Opportunities

Manufacturing of health products and equipment;

Opportunities are available in;

  • Production of pharmaceutical products and medical equipment
  • Medical supply distribution companies to ensure that medical products are accessible.

Provision of advanced health care services,

  • Health facilities such as clinics, super-specialty hospitals, and diagnostic centers are highly demanded.
  • To pave the way for medical tourism, three niche sub-sectors have been identified for Rwanda to focus on: Oncology, Cardiology, Nephrology

Medical schools to generate skilled staff for the health sector:

  • With just one physician per 15,428 residents and one nurse per 1,200 residents, Rwanda has opportunities in medical education and training institutes such as medical schools, nursing paramedical schools, medical engineering schools, and eLearning platforms.
  • Qualified health workforce will help to respond to emerging health care needs
Incentives to support Health Sector
  • Corporate income tax holiday of up to 7 years is provided when investing at least an amount equivalent to 50 million USD
  • Accelerated depreciation rate of 50% for the first year
  • Foreign companies investing at least 250,000 USD are allowed to recruit three foreigners without a labor test.
  • Exemption of VAT on imported medical equipment