Model Mental Health Care in Rwanda

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.

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
Construction Begins on University in Rwanda

Earlier this month, Partners In Health began construction on a 250-acre campus for the University of Global Health Equity. When complete in 2018, classrooms, administrative buildings, a library, and dorms will drape a picturesque hill in the Burera District of northern Rwanda. 

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
A Cancer Crisis, A Good Solution

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.

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
Faster, Better Care for Breast Cancer in Rwanda

The demands of family and farm leave little time to worry about it. And anyway, it’s probably just from breastfeeding. But after a couple of weeks, the 35-year-old mother walks over to chat with her neighbor, a community health worker, about the hard little knot near her armpit. 

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
10 Years in Rwanda: Leaders Reflect

Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH's sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB's 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below.

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
Rwanda Nears Millennium Development Goals

Rwanda has long been a front-runner in the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, those eight benchmarks in health, education, and other areas that United Nations member states aim to hit before the end of 2015. 

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
Training in Rwanda Focuses on Newborn Care

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. 

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
Infographic: Health Care in Rwanda Improves Dramatically

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...

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima
Revolutionary Cancer Care in Rwanda

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. 

Inshuti_Mu_Buzima