According to a health economics study by Brandeis University, second-generation health posts provide primary healthcare services that generated good health at a low cost – with a substantial, favorable increase in the amount of curative outpatient care per person, especially for potentially life-threatening malaria and acute respiratory infections. The posts have also played a significant role in improving access to affordable healthcare services and quality of life for rural Rwandans, while operating as successful, self-sustaining businesses. A few examples: Compared to first-generation, second-generation health posts provide care to 122% more patients monthly, with more than 286,000 people receiving health services since inception. 20% of the population in service areas – one in five people –seek monthly healthcare services at the posts, often for multiple diagnoses. More than 65,000 people were screened for malaria, resulting in the treatment of more than 21,000 cases, including 14% among children 5 years old and under. Screening also alleviated more than 105,000 respiratory infections and resolved over 57,000 cases of intestinal parasites. Second-Generation Health Post Model Expanding Across the Country Looking ahead, the Rwandan government and SFH are planning further expansion across the country, transitioning over 200 existing health posts into second-generation health posts. This includes expanded services such as antenatal and maternal healthcare, on-site microscopy and rapid diagnostic testing, family planning, mental health, annual physical exams and more. Abbott is supporting the first phase of this initiative by providing funding to advance capacity-building and training of 64 health post operators and their staff. To help ensure sustainable operations, nurse operators and staff will be certified on: Basic emergency, obstetric and newborn care Integrated management of childhood illness Management of infections, expanded program on immunization and pandemics Noncommunicable disease (NCD) screening and management Entrepreneurship and business management 'The extension of expanded primary care services to 16 additional Rwandan districts is a great testament to both the social impact and sustainability of the second-generation health post initiative,' said Monica Sanders, director of Global Citizenship and Shared Value, Abbott. 'This project provides a roadmap for providing high-quality, affordable testing and care close to home, in rural Rwanda and elsewhere.' Our work in Rwanda is just one example of how Abbott is fulfilling our purpose of helping people live fuller and healthier lives, and a key focus of our 2030 Sustainability Plan: advancing health equity through partnership. To learn more about the collaboration and how it's helping communities in Rwanda, visit our Rwanda feature page, Expanding Health Access in Rwanda.