The following email was sent this morning from Anne Stevenson in Rwanda.

As most of you know today is the first day of the Genocide Memorial Week. To turn all of that sadness and loss on its head, the sister of one of our local staff gave birth today to a beautiful 6 pound girl at Rwinkwavu Hospital.

What I think is the most amazing part about this is that the baby was turned sideways, so the mother had to have a cesarean section. I immediately thought about how lucky she was to be near a hospital like Rwinkwavu that actually had a surgeon and an anesthesiologist and a functional supply chain to have what they needed to perform the operation safely. A true testament if there ever was one to what PIH/IMB are doing here!

Anne Stevenson is a program manager at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is currently working with PIH’s sister organization Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) in Rwanda.

Learn more about efforts to strengthen Rwanda’s health care system.