Jul 20
July 20, 2012

Africa 2012: Day 5


President Clinton Visits the Mount Meru Soyco Construction Site

Yesterday in Rwanda President Clinton visited the Mount Meru SoyCo factory, a Clinton Hunter Development Initiative project outside of Kigali, and the Rwamagana School of Nursing and Midwifery to discuss the Clinton Health Access Initiative's new Human Resources for Health program. View photos of the visits. Chelsea Clinton shares her thoughts on our blog about her visit to Rwanda and Valerie Alexander, director of marketing and communications for the Clinton Foundation, discusses the impact of seeing the Foundation's work in Rwanda on our blog.

Mount Meru SoyCo Limited was established in 2009 and recently broke ground on its soy-processing factory. The factory will produce and sell cooking oil in Rwanda, and will create domestic demand and provide an opportunity for export, and eventually, be owned and maintained by the local farmers and the government. SoyCo will also provide 30,000 farmers – 55% of whom are women – with jobs in Eastern Rwanda by contracting them to grow soybeans, and provide 120 jobs at the SoyCo factory. The factory is currently being built and is expected to be complete in the following year.

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is working with government of Rwanda on pioneering a seven-year program, Human Resources for Health (HRH), which aims to build health education infrastructure and health workforce to strengthen the healthcare system in Rwanda. Today, Rwanda's health system consists of 633 doctors and 6,970 nurses for a population of more than 10 million people. The HRH program has convened an academic consortium of 13 top-ranked US schools that will provide 100 faculty members to be based in Rwanda to improve the quality and quantity of Rwandan health educators, doctors, nurses, and health managers. After the seven-year program, Rwanda will be able to sustain a high quality health care system and health education infrastructure without need of foreign assistance.

Today, President Clinton will travel to Uganda to visit more Clinton Global Initiative and Foundation projects. 

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