Saturday, December 22, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Noella, a pre-med graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca,NY, is a native of Rwanda and taking a gap year while working with Team Heart. Noella will travel with the surgical team to Rwanda in February and currently is coordinating a meeting of international surgical partners working in Rwanda, scheduled June 2013 in Geneva, among other strategic planning.
Team Heart and Dr. Swain was featured in the recent RHD News Newsletter for the World Heart Federation! Thank you JaBaris for your acknowledgement of Team Heart and the work we do in Rwanda!
Friday, June 8, 2012
This father's day, show your support of Team Heart by purchasing one of our Fathers Day Tribute Cards. All proceeds will go to improving our post-operative patient care in Rwanda. With the new Rwanda requirement of 10% co-pay for all patients, accessing the health care system is a challenge for some. Many of our patients have been ill for years, on the brink of death, waiting for the chance to have life-saving surgical intervention. Most are young and may never have entered the work force without our help. Though survival rates and post-operative health are improving, our patients still need jobs to pay for medical care. Though Rwanda offers universal coverage, or "mutuelle," the care providers who are knowledgeable about rheumatic heart disease and post-operative care are located in just a few hospitals throughout the country--and because many people do not have access to public transportation, they do not know about the options available to them.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Guest bloggers Gita Mody (Team Heart 2012), Robin Petroze & Edmond Ntaganda discuss efforts to strengthen surgical care in Rwanda.
In March 2011, the Rwanda Surgical Society hosted a workshop in Kigali on the theme “Strengthening Rwanda Surgery.” Rwanda has been extremely successful in combating morbidity and mortality due to communicable diseases and is now actively tackling treatment of non-communicable diseases, many of which require surgery. However, there are very few surgeons in Rwanda, and over the past several years, there has been growing interest amongst local, regional and international partners to promote Emergency and Essential Surgical Care as well as specialty surgical care in Rwanda. Therefore, the purpose of the workshop was for stakeholders in Rwandan surgery to meet one another, form the basis of lasting partnerships, and strategize on cooperatively expanding surgical services. The attendees were forty-five surgeons, anesthesiologists, industry representatives, residents, students, and others from five countries. There were some long-term and some brand new participants in Rwanda surgery, but all were eager to form a collaborative with a shared vision of a Rwandan-owned, sustainable surgical training and delivery program.
For the full article: http://blogs.plos.org/ speakingofmedicine/2012/03/20/strengthening-rwanda-surgery-surgical-residents’-perspective/