Rwandan, Chinese doctors in cooperation aimed at sharing knowledge

On 24 September 2022 at 02:01

Rwandan doctors and their counterparts from China have initiated discussions aimed at seeking together what can be done to create avenues for collaboration to reduce maternal and infant deaths.

This cooperation between Rwandan and Chinese doctors started through the Chinese government’s program known as “The Belt and Road ‘Global Partnership seed fund project’”, which aims to cooperate with developing countries in the health sector.

Dr. Muhuza Marie Parfaite Uwimana, from Rwanda who s currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Women’s Hospital, Zhejiang University of School of Medicine along with her two colleagues, Gihoho Mutangana Justine and Cyuzuzo Cynthia are among those who managed to present a good project to work with Rwandan doctors through their project known as “Khiliads.”

Khiliads aims to educate and train people about social welfare.

Dr. Muhuza says that this program will benefit Rwandan doctors because it will support their research where they will have an opportunity to share knowledge.

“This project will support researchers, doctors who want to do research, nurses, or medical students. Those who participate in the research will be rewarded through the program. There will also be ways to train and exchange knowledge in reducing the number of maternal and child deaths in Rwanda.”

On Friday, September 16, 2022, Chinese doctors held a meeting with their Rwandan colleagues, with the aim of ensuring that the health of the pregnant mother is taken care of and train girls and women adequately on reproductive health.

The Chinese medical team consisted of Dr. Xiaohui Zhang, representative of Women’s Social Affairs in China, Prof. Jun Zhu, head of women and children’s supervision in China and Prof. Qiong Luo, head of Women’s Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine.

Rwanda’s team was composed of Prof. Stephen Rulisa, head of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Rwanda, Dr. Kayigema Eugene who works as a midwife at Kanombe Military Hospital, and Dr. Justine Mutangana who is working at Kibagabaga Hospital.

The discussions focused on how the health of a pregnant woman in Rwanda is taken care of hand in hand with the health of the unborn child.

These Rwandan doctors have shown that even though the country has made good progress in reducing maternal deaths, there is still a problem that some mothers still die after birth as a result of severe bleeding or ‘infection’ from surgical wounds.

Their counterparts from China have shown that they also faced these problems but managed to overcome them.

It is expected that through the program, 100 pregnant women in Rwanda will be subscribed to Mutuelle de Santé.

Medical doctors will learn from each other to reduce infant and maternal deaths.
The discussions are expected to pave the way for expanded partnerships.