Two doctors at Via Christi clinic based in the US Kansas Dr. Lane Olson and Dr. Jonathan Peters will visit Rwanda to provide medical services.
This was announced by the program director Dr. Todd Stephens who said spent several years in Rwanda and was changed by his experience from working with Rwandan communities.
Doctors are scheduled to travel in August for a five- month mission that will focus on several diseases such as Tuberculosis Malaria, Diarrhea, schistosomiasis and Typhoid fever among others under the International Family Medicine Fellowship.
“We’re going to be treating a wide variety of tropical disease,” Dr. Olson said. “A lot of malaria, TB and schistosomiasis which is just parasitic disease and then we’ll see a lot of typical things we see here,I think when we are able to serve those who cannot take care of themselves or have issues that we can deal with,” Dr. Peters said.
Via Christi Health is a Catholic-sponsored health care fully owned ascension health. It is the largest provider of health care services in Kansas and employs more than 10,000 in its hospitals.
“I think we should take that opportunity to extend an arm of helping and at the same time valuable medical training that will serve me for my lifetime, It’s going to change the way probably that I have to practice medicine,” Dr. Olson said.
Rwanda has achieved significant reductions in the burden of infectious diseases over the last ten years due to Government’s vision, leadership, accountability, and evidence-based decision-making, although more funding is needed towards programs in those aspects.
Although infectious diseases burden the country the government has joined forces with Community health workers CHWs to reduce them.
In Rwanda, 6.700 to 8.000 TB cases are reported each year by the TB surveillance system and the actual treatment success rate is 86.5 percent.