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Rwanda

Why were we there?

  • Conflict
  • Healthcare exclusion
  • Endemic/Epidemic disease

Our Work

  • Over the years, Médecins Sans Frontières work has included assistance to displaced persons, war surgery, programmes for unaccompanied children and street children, support to victims traumatised by the conflict, programmes to improve access to healthcare, responding to epidemics such as malaria, cholera and tuberculosis, and projects linked to maternal and reproductive health.
  • In 2000, Rwanda faced a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic and a lack of available resources. Médecins Sans Frontières joined the fight against HIV/AIDS, focusing initially on prevention and awareness before quickly including medical treatment. 
  • In the health centres of Kinyinya and Kimironko in Kigali, thousands of patients have been cared for by Médecins Sans Frontières. The final handover to the health authorities was in December
  • Médecins Sans Frontières medical teams, therefore, developed an innovative approach focusing on the specific needs of children living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. This included discussion of HIV testing of children in adult discussion groups, training specialised staff in psychosocial care and disclosure of the child's status to the child and their caregiver using adapted tools.
  • The number of organisations in the country now covers the needs of the population. The AIDS epidemic appears contained due to the high level of investment by local authorities and the support of many international actors. As a result, Médecins Sans Frontières felt able to end its presence in the country at the end of 2007.

 

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Médecins Sans Frontières has worked in Rwanda since 1991 to 2007.