Rwanda was one of the world’s poorest countries even before the 1994 genocide devastated the nation and its already fragile healthcare system. In 2005, as part of its rebuilding, the Rwandan government requested Partners In Health’s help to strengthen the public health system in two rural, underserved districts in the Eastern Province. Widespread poverty, limited access to care, and insufficient resources to address easily treatable diseases resulted in countless preventable deaths. Today, while much remains to be done, Rwanda has made remarkable progress addressing these challenges. The country is now seen as a model for how resource-poor countries can recover from traumatic events, and Partners In Health is proud to be playing an ongoing role in this emerging global health success story.
Together with our Rwandan sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima (Kinyarwanda for “Partners In Health”), Partners In Health has brought high-quality health care to three rural districts that previously had some of the country’s worst health outcomes. With the Ministry of Health, Partners In Health provides direct services to an area with a population of over 865,000 at three hospitals and 40 health centers, with the help of some 5,000 community health workers. The partnership has increased local and national capacity, allowing PIH to also serve an advisory role. In areas such as cancer care, non-communicable diseases, neonatology, and maternal health, PIH introduces innovations that are tested, refined, and taken to scale nationally— and watched with great interest by health authorities across East Africa and beyond. By pioneering smart investments in healthcare delivery in Rwanda, Partners In Health can change the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
Constructed in close partnership with the Rwandan government, Butaro Hospital brings high-quality care to a rural district and serves as a flagship medical education center to strengthen health systems and build capacity for all of East Africa. Opened in January 2011, the hospital features an emergency department, a full surgery ward, a newborn special care nursery, a cancer treatment center, and expanded laboratory capabilities. MASS Design Group architects envisioned a hospital best suited to the setting, including spaces designed to curb the spread of airborne infections.