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Rwanda's healthcare system is one of the most advanced in Africa. Almost everyone in the small African state has access to medical care thanks to a network of almost 50 district hospitals and some 200 health centers. And a general health insurance scheme means that most people can afford it, too. But some of the care provided is only possible together with international partners. More from this edition of Tomorrow Today: http://www.dw.com/en/tomorrow-today-the-science-magazine-2016-06-12/e-19272061-9798
The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they've worked to overcome a shortage of doctors.
Ben Franklin famously said, at the end of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, that "if we don't hang together, we shall surely hang separately." That lesson of "we're all in it together" wasn't lost on Rwanda. Rwanda - a small nation in central Africa - is one of the poorest and most underdeveloped nations in the world. Nearly 60 percent of Rwandans live below the national poverty line - and in Rwanda, with an average income of just $560 per year per family - less than $2 a day - being in poverty meant bringing home and living on as little as ten cents a day. From 1990 to 1994 - the nation had a civil war - and in April of 1994 - the Rwandan Genocide began - lasting for 3 months - and taking the lives of nearly 1 million Rwandans. And yet - despite going through a civil war and a genoc...
Rwanda has made drastic improvements in health care thanks to new hospitals and a grassroots approach. But even the best facilities have limitations. Ed Robbins, a freelance videojournalist for TIME and IRP, reported from Rwanda on an IRP Gatekeeper Editors trip.
Over 90% of Rwanda's population have health insurance coverage. As the state is unable to bear the costs alone, the health care system is funded jointly by a range of international partners. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/global-3000/s-11487-9798
The first World Health Organisation Africa Forum has officially kicked off in Kigali, Rwanda. It's taking place under the theme "Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa". The two-day forum aims to promote and reinforce countries' healthcare governance. Delegates will also explore ways for partners to contribute to redirecting the work of the W.H.O. in Africa. Participants include ministers of health and finance from various African countries, as well as UN and intergovernmental agencies, academics and civil society organisations. The regional director for the W.H.O. has stressed the need for different sectors to work together to provide accessible, affordable healthcare for all on the continent. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us ...
Over the last ten years, Rwanda's health system development has led to the most dramatic improvements in history. In 2013 alone, a key year for Rwanda's turnaround in the sector, the country retained 92 per cent of patients in HIV care, compared to 50 per cent in the U.S. In Uganda, progress is evident with the administration and outreach of a new drug called 'Sayana Press' that aids with family planning. CNBC Africa brings us more.
Join World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim as he tests out a drone that delivers blood to 21 hospitals across rural Rwanda. Dr. Kim explains how this technology can save lives, and also create job opportunities. And for one farmer, receiving a blood transfusion from the sky seemed like a miracle.
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Three extraordinary women give their views on the Global Fund. Mphu Keneiloe Ramatlapeng, Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Lesotho; Joy Phumaphi, former Health Minister, Botswana and former World Bank Vice President; and Agnes Binagwaho, Permanent Secretary of Health, Rwanda and Chair of Rwanda's Country Coordinating Mechanism -- the organizing body which accesses Global Fund grants. The three leaders share their experiences of Global Fund financing from the perspective of grant holders in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region most affected by HIV. Read the full story at http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/savinglives/rwanda/hiv1/
Our latest health center construction site is at Rugerero, located in the Northern Province of Rwanda. This Health Center will provide access to quality health care for over 42,000 people and is already having a positive impact on the local community.
With the goal to get the Rwandan population out of poverty, health is at the center of the matter. The Society for Family Health, SFH, has been helping Rwandans with HIV/AIDS and malaria and also awareness of the importance of hygiene and family planning. With offices around the country, the organisation has a first hand look at health issues that are a priority to Rwandans.
From 1990-1994, Rwanda's Civil War, and then brutal Genocide, left a path of destruction that claimed more than one million lives. Many physicians and health care personnel were among those who perished, and Rwanda was left with only 100 physicians to serve the entire country in 1995. In this video, Jean-Luc Nkurikiyimfura, MD, explains how the groundbreaking Human Resources for Health (HRH) program and the partnership with the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine has helped improve the quality of education for Rwandan physicians, and will help greatly increase the number of doctors and nurses in Rwanda. Nkurikiyimfura is head of the HIV Clinic at the Kigali University Teaching Hospital, and credits the seven-year HRH program and the Clinton Health Access Initiative for providing the to...
A PEACE Plan strategy: start a grass-roots effort to dramatically increase access to quality healthcare for over 600,000 Rwandans through local churches.
Azeezat Olaoluwa's report on Rwandan health sector.
Several influential health care leaders took part in a public dialogue, entitled “Health for All: Public Health and Health Care in Rwanda,” on January 31, 2016 at Wellesley’s Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. Featured speakers included: -Ophelia Dahl ’94, Co-founder and Chair of the Board, Partners In Health -Charlene Galarneau, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College -Vanessa Kerry, Physician and Co-Founder and CEO of Seed Global Health -Neo Tapela ’02, Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
"The ambitious goal of the Rwandan Human Resources for Health program is to build a medical education and health system in Rwanda that will be one of the best in the world," says Lisa Adams, MD, associate dean for global health at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. "The scope and potential is unprecedented. This is also a natural fit for our commitment to global health education and impact at Dartmouth and the work of our Center for Health Equity at the medical school." In this video, Adams, who was the first U.S. physician in Rwanda working as part of the HRH program, speaks about the change already happening in Rwanda.....change that excites Jean-Luc Nkurikiyimfura, MD, head of the HIV Clinic at the Kigali University in Rwanda. "At the end of this HRH program, we expect to have more...
Azeezat Olaoluwa's report on Rwandan health sector.