A new support center for cancer patients in Butaro

Partners In Health, the Government of Rwanda and other collaborators broke ground in September on an innovative, two-story building that will be able to house more than 70 cancer patients, loved ones and caregivers on the Butaro District Hospital campus, providing stability and community during extended treatment. 

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Doctors See Daily Success at Butaro Cancer Center

Five years after opening, the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence is achieving extraordinary successes in rural northern Rwanda, amid daunting challenges.

Doctors at the Partners In Health-supported facility are treating about 1,700 patients every year, young and old, on the campus of the public Butaro District Hospital

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Study Brings Relief to Rwandans with Hepatitis C

They have come to Rwanda Military Hospital from across the country, seeking answers about hepatitis C, an illness that causes ongoing damage to their livers.

Some didn't know they had the disease until recently. Others did but haven’t been able to do anything about it, because treatment has long been difficult to access. Hepatitis C drugs are expensive, don’t always work, and come with severe side effects. 

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Sibo Tuyishimire: Top Student and Cancer Survivor

When 5-year-old Sibo turned up with his mother in 2007, he was pale, thin, and in pain from a distended belly full of cancer. After a few months, he responded well to treatment and returned home. But later, he was back at Rwinkwavu and put through more rounds of chemotherapy and a trip to Uganda for radiation therapy.

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Mexican Doctor Studies at PIH University in Rwanda

Dr. Kurt Figueroa is a student at the University of Global Health Equity, a Partners In Health institution that launched in 2015 and trains health professionals in Rwanda how to manage the challenges of providing health care in poor places. He and his fellow students—who are nurses, clinicians, psychologists, and other health experts—will come away with a two-year Master of Science degree in Global Health Delivery.

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New Global Health University Takes Shape

Last week, Partners In Health Co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer addressed an audience at a convention center in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. An architectural rendering projected above him showed the University of Global Health Equity, a collection of flat-roofed stone buildings framed by Rwanda’s mountains. Long glass windows reflected the lush hills surrounding it.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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...

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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. 

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