Helping Build a High-Quality Sustainable Healthcare System in Rwanda
Dr. Rahel Ghebre has been hard at work with global gynecology oncology training efforts for several years. Click here to read some of her work, published in June 2016, on the challenges in prevention and care delivery for women with cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.
Update from Dr. Ghebre
December 17, 2014
Here are pictures of where I am currently. I am at one of the District Hospitals (Gisenyi) which is in the north on the border with Congo. It is next to Goma which is an area of volcanic activity. The town is on Lake Kivu and has amazing scenery. One of the pictures shows an area where they dry small fish for the market. -Rahel
Basic tools for surgery are simply not present in Rwanda
December 15, 2014
One of the biggest surprises for healthcare workers visiting Rwanda (and many other countries abroad) is how many “basic” tools for surgery are simply not present. Dr. Ghebre looks at a tray of specialized surgical tools, the only one like it currently at the University of Rwanda.
Traditional Rwandan Dance
December 8, 2014
Since the early days, cattle has conveyed a lot of significance and importance in the Rwandan culture. We see this aspect in the traditional Rwandan dance, where a lot of emphasis is put on the cow rhythms and movements.
Traditional Rwanda dancers usually mimic the horns of a bull and its movement using their hands and footsteps.
Matt Gerber, UMN's Assistant Director of Research for Gyn Cancer, visits Dr. Ghebre
December 1, 2014
Matt Gerber, UMN's Assistant Director of Research for Gyn Cancer, traveled to visit Dr. Ghebre. He delivered medical supplies for the hospital as well shoes and backpacks for Nibakure Children’s Village. He and Dr. Ghebre spent time in the hospital and rural communities, looking at healthcare in Rwanda and seeing all of the opportunities for partnership that exist for UMN.
Dr. Ghebre in lecture at University of Rwanda
November 3, 2014
Research and clinical opportunities in Rwanda
October 28, 2014
Below is a list of research and clinical opportunities in Rwanda. These projects have been identified by Dr. Ghebre and colleagues at the University of Rwanda as dynamic opportunities to collaborate on global health topics and perhaps even provide an opportunity to travel. If you would like to form or become a part of the UMN counterpart to any of these projects, please contact Matt Gerber at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
HPV vaccine impact
Scope: Follow-up data on nation-wide HPV vaccinating of 12-year-old girls (comparing against a population of non-vaccinated girls in Kisumu, Kenya)
HPV home testing
Scope: HPV home self-testing
Scope: Increasing compliance around vaccinations, Pap smears and medical check-ups
Scope: Intermittent preventative treatment for pregnant women (IPTp) to prevent congenital malaria; conduct placental biopsies and analysis
Transdermal malaria medication & oncology
Scope: Explore in depth, the early indications that transdermal malaria medication may be decreasing the size of solid tumors
Wound Vac for Developing Countries
Scope: Design a more basic and cheaper version of wound vac to allow for safer, faster healing
Dr. Ghebre in Rwanda operating room
October 17, 2014