Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Mrs. Hildegarde Mukasakindi is a Mental Health Program Manager at Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima in Rwanda, but she was a mother first. As a mother, she learned about the impact of PIH’s cancer care training for nurses first-hand. This is her story:
“My daughter, Kirezi Gladys, 7 years old, was diagnosed with embryonal sarcoma of the liver in January 2013. It was the saddest and worst news that I have ever heard in my life and did not think that I would find someone to save my daughter’s life. After surgery, she had fourteen courses of chemotherapy and she was able to complete them all successfully.
While my family couldn’t believe the Rwandan nurses could be of help with the rest of chemotherapy courses, Ms. Solange Habimana at King Faisal Hospital (in Kigali), successfully facilitated eight chemotherapy courses to my daughter. This is one of the first nurses trained and mentored (in cancer care) by PIH/IMB. It was amazing to me and my family to experience the effect of the clinical mentorship initiatives that PIH mentors provide across the country. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to our daughter’s life. I am sure many people are surviving from the work that PIH does. I cannot find a sufficient gift to give the people who saved our daughter’s life.
I am thrilled to be one of PIH employees after having such an experience. PIH’s every day work makes a difference in my life and my community. I have no words to say except thanking all PIH founders, co- founders, PIH donors, PIH entire leadership and all PIH employees/mentors giving their inspiration, talents, and love to the poor people.”