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Health Development Initiative (HDI)

Kigali, Rwanda
Joined August 2018

It works in Rwanda and aspires to see every Rwandan enjoy the highest attainable standards of health regardless of social, economic, political or any other status

Presence in: Rwanda
Focus: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Health

HDI (Health Development Initiative)-Rwanda is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Kigali and registered under Rwandan law. Our vision is to have a society in which everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the highest standard of health and well-being, regardless of social, cultural or economic status.

A dedicated group of Rwandan physicians founded HDI in 2005. The founders were born and raised in remote areas of Eastern and Central Africa, where preventable diseases claimed many lives, especially those of women and children. Dismayed by this situation, the founders were inspired to become health care professionals and improve the health of disadvantaged communities within and outside of the healthcare system.

Today, HDI brings together a team with vast experience in medicine, public health, and community development to bridge the gap between communities and the health care system. We believe that health outcomes can be improved through parallel development of community and the medical profession’s capacity to support prevention, care and treatment of disease and illness. Using a rights-based approach, HDI promotes sustainable, community-based interventions, such as disease prevention, health training, and capacity building at both the individual and institutional level.

Vision: A society in which everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health and well-being without discrimination.

Mission: To empower individuals, communities, and institutions to improve community health and development in Rwanda. Using a rights-based approach, HDI builds sustainable alliances to advocate for and support, inclusive, health-friendly policies and services for every citizen.

People Associated With This Organization


Health Development Initiative (HDI)
Joined August 2018
Interests: Citizenship, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Health
As the paralegal of my organization (HDI) and a dedicated human rights activist with a background in journalism I wish to be part of this global network to share my skills and experience and benefit from the experience and knowledge of different people and organizations who make up this network.

I hope to be empowered in terms of law and human rights through resources, trainings,learning exchanges and other opportunities provided by the network so that i can help my organization achieve its goals in relation to promoting rights to health and advance justice in my country and in the East African Region especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

Kagaba Aflodis

Health Development Initiative (HDI)
Joined March 2021
Dr. Aflodis Kagaba is a physician and human rights advocate with over fifteen years of experience working in the non-profit sector. He has extensive knowledge of Public health, Health policy and advocacy, Project Management and Human rights. He serves as the Executive Director of Health Development Initiative-Rwanda (HDI), an organization he co-founded in 2005 to promote right to health and inclusive development for marginalized and vulnerable communities. At HDI, Dr. Kagaba has had the privilege of championing the advancement of the right to health including reproductive health rights in Rwanda, he has contributed to the establishment of a number of national and regional health policies, and successfully led several advocacy efforts to advance health and human rights for PLWHA, Women and youth. Dr. Kagaba is currently the Chairperson of the East Africa Health Platform; a regional organization bringing together diverse stakeholders to facilitate the growth and effective contribution of non-state-actors in health towards regional health integration for the benefit of the East African population

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