Supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in Rwanda

Region: Africa
Country: Rwanda
Year: 2020
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 0-50
Modality: Isolation units, Triage rooms
Sector: Health
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building

Kiziba is the oldest refugee camp in Rwanda, hosting some 15,000 refugees, over 44 hectares of land. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout Rwanda in 2020, UNHCR worked with partners to determine solutions on treating and isolating symptomatic cases, with careful attention to the most vulnerable, the immunocompromised and the elderly. 

Existing infrastructure, then vacated due to closure mandates, were repurposed as treatment centres. In Kiziba, 20 RHUs were installed at a sport ground to treat patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and with the most severe symptoms.