The new Butaro Hospital in northern Rwanda welcomed the delivery of its first baby on Saturday, February 5. The hospital, which officially opened its doors on January 24, is operated in a partnership between PIH’s Rwandan sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima, and the Rwandan government.

On the same day, the facility also saw its first cesarean section. It wasn’t too long ago when local pregnant women in need of such emergency medical care would have to risk crossing the nearby Lake Burera on boat to reach the nearest hospital.

Both babies and their mothers are doing well, reported PIH physicians Matt Craven and Peter Drobac.

Read more about the new Butaro Hospital.