In December 2004, Rwanda implemented a new national healthcare system known as “Mutuelle de santé”. This system would allow citizen’s health insurance and medical bills to be subsidized by the government. As of today, the system works under four social categories. The first category is entitled to receiving full government coverage for health insurance, the second and third category paying 3,000 RWF a year for health insurance, and 10% of all hospital bills. The fourth category pays 7,000 RWF a year towards health insurance and 10% of any hospital bills they incur. While this mutual healthcare system may help meet the medical needs of many Rwandan citizens, those living close to, or below the poverty line, still face challenges when faced with health issues or admittance into hospital. Even with their medical bills and health insurance paid , many Rwandans find themselves in situations where they lack the means to obtain food, sanitary products and transportation fees to and from the hospital—all factors we believe severely inhibit their rightful access to healthcare.. Solid Africa is an non-profit organization that believes that a healthy nation of people in Rwanda, Africa, and the world depends on the involvement of its citizens in actions of solidarity, hence as we call it: Solid Africa.
The main objective of Solid Africa is to provide aid to the most vulnerable patients of Rwandan public hospitals. Our organization was founded in September 2010, by a small group of young professionals who recognized the problems facing certain patients. As more and more young people (currently about fifty) joined the movement, each brought with them valuable resources essential to the development of Solid Africa. Consequently, the project rapidly expanded and evolved. With every step forward, this organization has grown to provide support for many different measures of awareness. With solidarity as its cardinal principle, Solid Africa strives to bring together and mobilize all members of society—from individuals to companies—in order to create an organization that thrives on intersectional help.