Rwanda Non-Communicable Diseases Programme: call for proposals

This is a call for proposals and application form aimed at organisations who would like to deliver a grant to support community palliative care in Rwanda on behalf of the Scottish Government. The deadline for applications is 5 July 2024.


1 WHO released the Package of Essential NCD Interventions (WHO PEN): Package of essential noncommunicable (PEN) disease interventions for primary health care in low-resource settings ( to support the decentralization of services to the primary care level. Adopted in 2010, this approach seeks to provide geographically accessible care at community health centres to treat common NCDs.

2 As a means to complement WHO PEN services, some member states have additionally begun focusing on the more severe spectrum of NCDs. Given the greater complexity of services for these diseases, care delivery has primarily focused at first-level hospitals, as opposed to health centers. This approach to address severe NCDs through an integrated outpatient service at first-level hospitals is called “PEN-Plus.”

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