There is an ongoing need to strengthen access to healthcare and medications, to perform public health outreach, and to support education for these kids. Each day, these kids and their families, must not only confront the often overwhelming diseases of the developing world, including HIV/AIDS, but the emotional and psychological scars of the genocide. We are presently supporting education for the kids (see SCHOOL) and the Good Shepherd Community (see TEAM) but the hospital will provide the healthcare they are missing. The healthcare system in Rwanda was one of the many victims of the genocide; and while remarkable progress is being made, rebuilding the healthcare infrastructure and developing personnel takes time. OHD wants to fill that gap.
FACTS ABOUT OUR KIDS: ACCORDING TO UNICEF...
*There were 590,000 orphans in Rwanda in 2012.
*In approximately 100,000 homes in Rwanda, a child functions as the head of household, bearing the responsibility for younger siblings, family members, and friends. Many of these children struggle everyday against poverty, illness, and malnutrition.
*One in every 18 Rwandan children will die before the age of five (8x the rate in the United States) often from infectious diseases and waterborne illnesses that are could be treated with clean water, proper medications, and access to healthcare. .
FACTS ABOUT RWANDAN HEALTHCARE: ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION....
*Rwanda has approximately 1 physician for every 15,000 people, or about 700 physicians for a population of almost 11 million.
*Furthermore, there is a need to not only provide access to care, but to provide training and educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.
*As a result, Rwanda continues to rely heavily on faith-based organizations (like One Hundred Days) to provide 38% of all healthcare.