The Health Show on BBC News recently featured two segments on Butaro Hospital, a facility built and supported by Partners In Health and the Rwandan government.
The first segment shows how the new state-of-the-art facility includes many innovative features that reduce infections and promote healing. The hospital has also helped to strengthen the local community. Watch this segment on BBC's website.
The second segment focuses on the impact of the hospital in the community. In 2008, there was just one doctor serving 350,000 people in Rwanda’s Burera district, and the district's health statistics were among the worst in the country. "There wasn't any district hospital. People used to travel long distances," says Emmanuel Kamanzi, District Project Manager for PIH's Rwandan sister organization Inshuti Mu Buzima. The new hospital is now a central pillar of a public health system that serves the entire community.
In this segment, one of the hospital's first patients shares her story — and the story of the first baby born at the new hospital. Watch this segment on BBC's website.