A little bit of context
Rwanda is one of the poorest countries & has great health care needs. According to Rwanda’s Ministry of Health there is only one doctor for every 50,000 people and 103 children out of 1000 die before they reach the age of five. This compares to 3 doctors available for every 1,000 citizen within the UK. Only 40% of the population have access to adequate health care. Malaria has been the biggest cause of illness & death and is still an ongoing problem especially in children.http://www.kibogora.org
But there’s a problem
Kibogora Polytechnic university was built around three years ago with the aid of a university lecturer in UCLans school of business. The mission charity which funds the hospital aided with the development of that university teaches two degrees, Nursing and Midwifery. Due to the university providing two degrees only, there is a lack of knowledge by the students surrounding other health care professions which would be introduced within the multidisciplinary team within the UK e.g Physiotherapy. Also, due to the demand for healthcare and resources the hospital is also placed under a lot of strain.
Here’s what we’re doing about it
We want to take the skills & knowledge which we have developed at university to teach the student nurses at Kibogora Polytechnic basic Physiotherapy skills and developing a report which highlights areas for improvement within the hospital.
The developments we implement will be seen immediately by the hospital and the teaching we provide will positively influence the learning of the nursing students. The progress we make will be able to be tracked by blogs, videos and posts on this page whilst we are in Rwanda. Post the trip, we shall we completing a document to sum up the experience and a video to influence future students to follow up our work in the future.The funds we raise will aid towards our journey over there including:
Flights currently £600-700. Manchester- Kilgali.
Kilgali overnight accommodation £50.
Accommodation, full board, in Kibogora £540 approx./student.
Travel Kilgali-Kibogora return – £120
Any surplus funds we raise will be donated directly to Kibogora hospitals charity to for medical appliances and resources.
We are also taking an extra bag each including small children and baby clothing, consumables such as hand sanitiser, bacterial soaps and malaria nets. We would be grateful for any donations of the above.
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We will be creating a blog for our followers to join us on our journey and creating a reflective video post our journey.