Rwanda HIV/Healthcare Initiative and the Orphan Care and Vulnerable Children Initiative both began at the invitation of the President of Rwanda, His Excellency President Paul Kagame, in partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health, The PEACE plan, and various other partners including Biola University. I was a student at Biola at the time, and had the honor of documenting this trip at their request.
Student Nurses from Biola University travel every year to the Karongi District, the Western Province of Rwanda, in hopes of providing sustainable and measurable healthcare outcomes to Kibuye Hospital. Student nurses work alongside the doctors and nurses at Kibuye Hospital teaching basic medical techniques, proper hand washing, HIV prevention (such as preventing mother to child transmission), caring for orphans with severe medical problems, improving the bond between mother and newborn, and teaching many other preventative healthcare procedures.
Through both initiatives, thousands have been trained to be Community PEACE Servants for their own communities providing community health promotion and care for orphans in new ways.
Special thanks to Professor Glenn Styffe; Andrew Lossau and Moses Ndahiro; Dr. Susan Elliott; and Polepole Paulin, MD.
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