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Organization Contact Information

Name: Social Care Youth Initiative (SCYI)
Street 1: Southern Province
Street 2: Gisagara
City: Nyamagabe
Province: Southern Province
Post Code: 250
Country: Rwanda
Phone: +250783836631
Organization Email:
Web Site:
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Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Jean
Last Name: Ishimwe
Title: University student
Phone: +250728836631

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Fidele
Last Name: Murava
Title: Univesity student/ Kigali Institute of Education
Phone: +250785470624

General Information

Board Constituency: Developing Country NGO
Is your organization legally registered in your country: No
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Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Community-Based Organization (CBO)
Organization Description:
Social Care Youth Initiative- Rwanda (SCYI) is a non-governemental, non-profit and youth organization based in Southern province of Rwanda. We strive to improve both the quality and accessibility of healthcare for all Rwandans through advocacy, education, and training. SCYI was founded in 2007 by a dedicated group of Rwandan youth studying in Universities and secondary schools across the country. This diverse group of young people was united by a shared commitment to improve the living standards of disadvantaged communities.

The work of SCYI is multisectorial and multidisciplinary in nature extending from health to income generating projects passing by human rights and gender equality. At SCYI, we are passionate about sustainable development, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and the promotion of a culture of peace and universal human rights for all. SCYI aims at promoting socio economic, cultural, environmental and human development in Rwanda. SCYI is conducting activities on poor and helpless people of the community in the area of health, poverty alleviation, rural development, gender issues, human rights, formal and informal education, human resource development and training, etc.

For TB control,SCYI is planninG:

- To involve the rural youth in TB control related activities;
- To develop their values and skills so that they become productive, responsible citizens to stop TB. .
- To work towards promoting atmosphere where all, irrespective of caste, color, sex or religion, find equal opportunity to serve people living with TB.
- To pursue resource self-sufficiency;
- To form village level voluntary action groups of youths for rendering TBcontrol programs;
- To utilize SCYI volunteers for carrying on development and promotion programs of TB control activities.
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Specializations / Areas of Work

Delivery of health services and care
Provision of drugs, diagnostics and commodities
Technical Assistance

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 6 - 10
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Attendance at a TB related event
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in Stop TB Working Groups
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: No
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: No
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:

SCYI contributes to the country's national TB control plan mainly through involving the rural youth in TB control related activities; and through developing their skills to stop TB. .

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Rwanda
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
With the onset of HIV/Aids, many diseases like tuberculosis have become common. When people acquire diseases whose cure is hard to find, they resort to traditional healers and witch doctors instead of going for HIV testing in hospitals, dispensaries or clinics.
The belief in witchcraft is so deeply rooted in some sections of the society that even when someone falls off a bicycle and gets hurt there is someone to be blamed for sending the curse.
An individual develops a cough which persists for longer than a month, buys some medicines from the shops but it does not cure and the conclusion is made that it is not a normal cough but some form of witchcraft and so the services of a witch doctor must be sought.
For more than a year now in southern province, SCYI has been engaging in a series of drama activities to demonstrate the folly of rushing to witchdoctors whenever people fall sick, instead of going to hospitals and dispensaries to seek proper medical help.
The organization has trained a drama group to offer free shows in many villages across the sub-counties of southern province.

SCYI aims at spreading awareness about how TB is spread and where to go for medical help.
It also emphasises the need to get regular HIV testing and to inform the public that HIV-positive people can access treatment and live longer lives.
The traditional music and plays attract large crowds of people; they see the message in the play, which actually reflects their behaviour, and then pick up the information about TB and HIV/Aids.
SCYI has also trained village volunteers and local leaders about TB detection so that they can identify suspected cases and advise them to go to the hospital for TB and HIV testing.


Declaration of interests:

Our interest is to improve living conditions of underpriviledged communities through raising TB awareness programs

Application date: April 8, 2011
Last updated: May 15, 2012