Presented by: Blaise Uhagaze, Christian Ntizimira, Theodosie Mugwaneza
22 years after the genocide against Tutsi, Rwanda has made remarkable steps towards recovery by rebuilding health sector. Despite the tremendous improvements in vertical and horizontal approach, there is a need of palliative care approach for patients with life-limiting illness. This work focused to demonstrate the good experience Rwanda has made to integrate the concept of palliative care after the genocide and different methodologies to support patients with life-limiting illness and affected by the Genocide.
Rwanda palliative care and hospice organization is the first local non-profit organization located in Kigali which signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Health and work closely with the Rwanda Biomedical Center to implement the home based care services at the community level for patients with life-limiting illness and their families. The private-public partnership between the 2 institutions created a strong synergy for the implementation of the concept of palliative care at home. The triage program for the patients with life-limiting illness from public hospitals selected patients to refer to the private organization for continuum care and the quarterly report of patients managed at the community level from the organization has also sent to the Ministry of health.
Anecdotal data indicates a high level of satisfaction by patients and family members with palliative care assisted at community level and a reduced stress of continuum care.