“Ever-More Audacious”: PIH Supporting Rwanda’s Groundbreaking National Fight Against Hepatitis C, by Dr. Fredrick Kateera

This week, Rwanda is launching its national plan to eliminate hepatitis C. As a Rwandan, I feel proud to say that this ever-more audacious country of mine will be the second African country, following Egypt, to tackle this issue at the national level. As a member of the Partners In Health family, I am even prouder to say that this has been part of PIH’s agenda in Rwanda for the past three years.

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A local Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food? Let's try!

There are more than 19 million children globally who have Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a disease with serious consequences including, increased morbidity and mortality, impaired intellectual development, suboptimal adult work capacity, and increased risk of disease in adulthood.

Over the past decade, Rwanda has made significant strides in reducing child malnutrition. Acute malnutrition has dropped from 5% in 2005 to 2% in 2015. However more has to be done, especially since the levels of children under 5 stunting due to malnutrition remain high, at 38% according to 2016/17 findings by Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (RDHS)

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PIH/IMB at the forefront of organizing Rwanda's very first Health Research and Policy day in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Center

PIH/IMB was at the forefront of organizing Rwanda's very first Health Research and Policy day in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Center, Clinton Health Access Initiative and others, under the theme "Evidence for Health: Bridging the gap between Research and Policy"

The day united over 400 researchers, academics, health experts, and policy makers from across Africa and United States of America for a conference which was held at Marriott Hotel in Kigali on the 24 of August 2018.

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New Johnson & Johnson grant aims to expand innovative MESH Mental Health model to additional districts

The model integrates mental health care into a community-based health care setting, increasing the number of trained mental health care workers and facilitating patient access to quality care within the communities where they live. The model has seen the treatment of severe mental illness include home care and accompaniment to ensure that the patients treated receive whole treatment as to become fully healed.

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Building Health Posts, a step towards Universal Health Coverage

On May 29, PIH/IMB and Kirehe District organized the inauguration of Health Posts built in Kirehe District. The inaugural ceremony took place at the Health Post constructed in Cyambwe cell, Nasho sector, Kirehe district. It was officially launched by the Vice-Mayor of Kirehe district and Dr. Gottlieb, the CEO of PIH. As mentioned by the Vice Mayor, this Cyambwe health post was specifically chosen as it also represents the long term vision of the Rwandan Government. The Cyambwe health post is part of an Integrated Development Approach Model Village (IDP).

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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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Alida Ruzibiza
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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Alida Ruzibiza
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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Alida Ruzibiza
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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Alida Ruzibiza
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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Alida Ruzibiza
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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