U.S. Embassy Visits PEPFAR/CDC Programs at CHUK in Kigali

The Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) for the U.S. Embassy, Jessica Lapenn, Dr. Douglas Shaffer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Country Director, and the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, visited Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK), to review U.S. government funded programs.

The mission of CHUK, the main state hospital in Kigali, is ensuring the provision of care to the population, providing education, developing clinical research, and giving technical support to district hospitals in Rwanda.

Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)/CDC funds, much has been accomplished in the strengthening of Public Health Systems in Rwanda.

CDC provides technical assistance to the Rwandan Ministry of Health in the areas of facility-based clinical services, strategic information, public health laboratory services, and human capacity development.

With this support, the Rwandan Ministry of Health provides comprehensive, integrated HIV clinical care and treatment services directly to the Rwandan population, serving approximately one-third of all Rwandan HIV patients eligible for treatment.

DCM Lapenn, Minister Binagwaho, and Dr. Shaffer saw the reorganized Emergency ward that will serve as a model for improved healthcare services in Rwanda. The new reorganization of space has reduced serious overcrowding of those waiting for treatment.

A new triage area and the completion of an isolation room have saved lives. DCM Lapenn also met the Human Resources for Health (HRH) U.S. and Rwandan faculty led by Dr. Theobald Hategekimana, Director General of CHUK, and Rex Wong of Yale University.

With the commitment to meeting the health needs of its citizens by 2020, the Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Health, launched the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program in July 2012.

It is a seven-year partnership with the Government of Rwanda; the U.S. government; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and 14 U.S. medical, nursing and public health schools.

The HRH Program will build the healthcare education infrastructure and workforce necessary to create a high quality, sustainable healthcare system in Rwanda by addressing the country’s most challenging health care obstacles.