WHO expects Ebola vaccine by November

THE death toll from the Ebola outbreak has surged to over 2,000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday, as it expressed optimism voiced hope that a vaccine could be available by November. The deadly virus has claimed 2,097 lives since its outbreak  earlier this year in Liberia,...

Monday, September 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Partnerships promote access to medical care

Annette Uwamuhaye, 19, a resident of Nzige sector, Rwamagana District was born with a cleft lip and palate, a malformation where the upper lip has an opening that extends into the base of the nostril and another opening on the roof of the mouth. As a result...

Sunday, September 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

UR medical students get scholarships

Eight students from the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences were yesterday announced as beneficiaries of a new scholarship programme. The scholarships were awarded by CKD Kochon Foundation run by the South Korea based pharmaceutical company. The programme targets...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

UR medical students get scholarships

Eight students from the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences were yesterday announced as beneficiaries of a new scholarship programme. The scholarships were awarded by CKD Kochon Foundation run by the South Korea based pharmaceutical company. The programme targets...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

4,000 medics to benefit from US experts training

About 4,000 health caregivers in the country are set to benefit from a yearlong training exercise to be conducted by a visiting team of specialists, nurses, and health managers from 23 US varsities. The 116 experts in various medical fields started work at their respective postings across the...

Monday, September 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

4,000 medics to benefit from US experts training

About 4,000 health caregivers in the country are set to benefit from a yearlong training exercise to be conducted by a visiting team of specialists, nurses, and health managers from 23 US varsities. The 116 experts in various medical fields started work at their respective postings across the...

Monday, September 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda goes for a share of medical tourism dollars

Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya — those countries with a long tradition of a developed health infrastructure. However, recent investment social infrastructure and human resource, has not only...

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda goes for a share of medical tourism dollars

Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya — those countries with a long tradition of a developed health infrastructure. However, recent investment social infrastructure and human resource, has not only...

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Uncovering contraceptives in birth control

Angelique Uwamaye, 37, a mother of five from Masaka Sector in Kicukiro District, says she has had enough children since supporting a big family would be challenging. But one question remained niggling: how would she effectively avoid pregnancy?  The obvious answer would be by use of...

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

How demonstration farms have impacted coffee farmers

Celestin Hakizimana, 51, a resident of Giti Sector, Gicumbi District has been a coffee farmer for the last 30 years. For a long time, however, he was earning peanuts – an average of Rwf100, 000 from his half-a hectare farm on a good season, only enough to enable him put food on the table and...

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Is long search for malaria vaccine finally ending?

For the last 70 years, several research projects on a potential Malaria vaccine have been launched and executed at a cost of millions of dollars, but without any breakthrough.  However, efforts seem to have been doubled in recent years, raising hopes of a remedy against a disease that...

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

11 graduate from Aviation school

Eleven students yesterday graduated from Akagera Flying School in Kigali. The graduates, seven from the police and others from air force received certificates in helicopter flying after 13 months of training. The students who are the first home bred pilots, studied subjects ranging from aero-...

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

How nonsurgical medical male circumcision is done

For long, Jacques Habimana had an itchy foreskin. A doctor advised that it could be solved by circumcision.  But even with the message by the World Health Organisation that says male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by about 60 per cent, Habimana...

Monday, August 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

HIV, TB, malaria deaths decline

The world’s most infectious diseases—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria—are losing ground as a result of growing efforts to mobilise resources to combat them. Consequently, deaths caused by the three diseases have declined significantly in the past 13 years, according to a...

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Free surgery gives relief to patients with various ailments

At least 64 patients have benefited from free surgery during a medical exercise at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (Chuk), under the Rotary Medical Mission which started last Saturday. The 10-day exercise is targetting 300 patients with different ailments including urology,...

Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

TVET schools get Rwf1.3 billion support

About 33 public and private Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) centres schools yesterday received over Rwf1.3 billion. The grant, extended by the Skills Development Project (SDP), an arm of the Work force Development Authority (WDA), was given to institutions that met a set of...

Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Fewer deaths as more expectant mothers seek antenatal care, deliver in hospitals

Annette Uwamariya, a 34-year-old pregnant mother of five, and a resident of Gatsata Sector, Gasabo District, delivered four of her children from home. Despite advice from community based health workers, she still believed that going to health facilities for routine antenatal care and  baby...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Over 300 for free treatment by Indian doctors

At least 300 people are expected to benefit from free healthcare during a 10-day medical exercise at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (Chuk) under the Rotary Medical Mission starting today. The healthcare will be conducted by a 17-member team of medics from India, who are in the country...

Friday, August 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why exclusive breastfeeding is good for baby, mother

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) started on August 1 and will end on 7th. This year’s theme emphasises the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. However as Rwanda joins the rest of the world to commemorate this event,...

Monday, August 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Why exclusive breastfeeding is good for baby, mother

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) started on August 1 and will end on 7th. This year’s theme emphasises the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. However as Rwanda joins the rest of the world to commemorate this event,...

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:00 AM