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Improvement of the quality of medical care provided in Gakenke District (Rwanda)

The strategic aim of the project performed in the District of Gakenke in Rwanda was to enhance the level of knowledge about forms and methods of providing specialist medical care, as well as practical skills of the medical and auxiliary staff of the Nemba Hospital in Rwanda, which shall reflect in the improvement of services rendered by the institution. As the majority of hospitals in Rwanda, the Nemba Hospital grapples with an insufficient number of physician specialists in different fields. Patients are thereby deprived of specialist care which reflects in the deterioration of their health.

Improvement of the quality of medical care provided in Gakenke District (Rwanda)

During the period from 17 July until 31 December 2015, the Science for Development Foundation in cooperation with Caritas of the Ruhengeri Diocese performed a project aimed at enhancing the level of knowledge about forms and methods of providing specialist medical care, as well as practical skills of the medical and auxiliary staff of the Nemba Hospital in Rwanda. The project was performed in the district hospital in Nemba in the District of Gakenke in Rwanda.

The project directly referred to the Millennium Development Goals - Goal 8: Develop global partnerships for development. Trainings directed to the medical and auxiliary staff of the Nemba Hospital in the District of Gakenke were conducted in the building of the hospital by means of its facilities and accessories purchased under the performance of the project. While conducting trainings, a volunteer discussed modern methods of treatment that are used in Poland and all over the world, matters related to symptoms of diseases and side effects of therapies under the casual treatment. Planned classes were supplemented by meetings on personal development, working out own working standards, promoting understanding and development of medical care, which shall be embedded in every-day tasks of the medical staff. In the course of planned trainings, general principles of providing care and performing medical treatment and operations were discussed. Classes were divided into a theoretical and practical part.

Under the performance of project activities, the volunteer performed surgery operations and offered medical consultations. The project also included activities in order to enhance the knowledge of the Poles about problems existing in developing countries, the idea of volunteering and goals of the Polish Development Cooperation.

Improvement of the quality of medical care provided in Gakenke District (Rwanda)

In the course the project, the volunteer developed a training curriculum for the medical and ancillary staff of the Nemba District Hospital, which involved a series of multimedia presentations and included five auditorium training sessions and several classroom training sessions for small groups of 2 to 5 individuals. A total of 107 people participated in the trainings.

The hospital’s medical and support staff improved their knowledge of modern medical procedures, which resulted in a change in patient care both in the forms of medical consultation and in surgical procedures.

The training sessions and meetings, 407 medical consultations, and 52 medical procedures (including surgical operations) in which the volunteer was assisted by the hospital’s medical and auxiliary staff, led to complete recovery or commencement of treatment of numerous patients living in the Nemba area.

Upon completion of the project, the volunteer donated to the Nemba Hospital the surgical instruments which he purchased with project proceeds and used in the course of his work.

Polish society’s knowledge and awareness of the objectives of Polish development cooperation, including primarily the creation of conditions for sustainable development in developing countries, increased through the activities organised as part of the project’s educational initiative, which included the production of “Improving the quality of medical care provided in the Gakenke District (Rwanda),” a film documenting the volunteer work; publication of the Project Information Folder (400 copies); presentation of a photographic exhibition of 22 large-format photographs taken in the course of the project; three public meetings with the volunteer (a total of 176 participants); numerous internet publications; and a radio interview with the RDC broadcaster titled “Day in, day out: What is it like to be a doctor in Rwanda?”