Hategekimana Bashar first began suffering from hallucinations and paranoid delusions when he was 26 years old. Dismayed, his family watched his behavior change until he was unable to care for himself, let alone his farm or cherished livestock. They tried to help—they even consulted a variety of traditional healers—but nothing seemed to work.
Since 2012, a Partners In Health-supported public hospital in northern Rwanda has treated thousands of patients for breast cancer, lymphomas, and more. But even Butaro Hospital has struggled to treat late-stage cancers and other conditions needing radiation therapy. Like many developing countries, Rwanda lacks a $4 million radiation therapy machine.
Doctors and nurses from across Rwanda gathered at Rwinkwavu District Hospital this spring, aiming to walk away with an understanding of the country’s new neonatal care package. One nurse and one doctor from each of Rwanda’s 43 district hospitals and three referral hospitals participated in the training.
In the past decade, deaths associated with HIV in Rwanda have plummeted by 78 percent—the largest such drop in the world. Meanwhile, the likelihood of a child dying before turning 5 fell by 65 percent. Between 2005 and 2010, more than 1 million Rwandans lifted themselves out of poverty. These are just a few of the many jaw-dropping statistics cited...
The Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence, in Butaro Hospital in northern rural Rwanda, vastly improves Rwandans' options for diagnosis and treatment. The Center is the first of its kind to bring comprehensive cancer care to rural East Africa. Patients seeking treatment at the Butaro Cancer Center receive the full spectrum of care, including screening, diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, patient follow-up, palliative care, a pathology lab, mental health and social work services, and socioeconomic support, such as food, transportation, home visits, and community health worker accompaniment.