Rwanda
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Rwanda MEDSAR
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Kinyarwanda, English, French
English, and french
(GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Rwandan franc
SCOPE Active
Rwanda (MEDSAR) - Butare

11 SCOPE STUDENTS
0 SCORE STUDENTS
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www.medsarwanda.org
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WELCOME NOTE

Welcome to Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. 
We invite you to experience our MEDSAR exchange program for medical students!

We believe that this is going to be the best experience of your life.
We are happy that you have chosen to come to Rwanda. MEDSAR through its SCOPE is ready to make this exchange an unforgettable experience that you ever had, we are ready to fulfil all the objectives and curiosity.
We hope that you will enjoy your stay and that you will gain much from here, both cultural and professional experiences.


OVERVIEW

Rwanda’s landscape is one of its main attractions. Watch the mist rise over the hills and cascade into our beautiful Lake Kivu.

Rwanda is one of only three countries in the world where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. Experts estimate that there are only 780 mountain gorillas still in existence – and one third of these are in Rwanda.

Rwanda is a burgeoning adventure hub with some of Africa’s most unique, challenging, and rewarding hiking and biking trails. Breathtaking panoramas are at nearly every turn. Scale volcanoes and glide past serene rivers. Create an experience that you’ll never forget.

We are also excited to tell you that we have natural reserves and history background  of Rwanda to visit and experience cultural difference out of your  home country that you cannot find  anywhere in the world.


Rwanda is a burgeoning adventure hub with some of Africa’s most unique, challenging, and rewarding hiking and biking trails. Breathtaking panoramas are at nearly every turn. Scale volcanoes and glide past serene rivers. Create an experience that you’ll never forget.


We are very happy to welcome you in Rwanda and MEDSAR exchange program.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Health Care System in Rwanda

Health and development

The government of Rwanda has adopted a primary health care approach for its health system. The approach is based on the principles of Alma Ata. In 1996, the Health Strategic Plan was revised, then replaced by a Vision 2020 plan. The plan focuses on the following approaches:

  • primary health care;
  • decentralization;
  • community participation health;
  • development of human resources;
  • strengthening of the health information system; and
  • intersectoral approach to health.

The system has three tiers, with central responsibility for policy and overall planning and evaluation.

Human resources

A shortage of human resources in the health sector is one of the biggest challenges facing the government. In order to fill the gaps, the government has invested significant resources in pre-service training institutes. In the meantime, concentrating on the middle level cadre, the government established the Kigali Health Institute, which is charged principally with training nurses and technicians for the health sector.

Health financing

The government allocation of resources to health has increased in recent years. As a share of the national budget, health has increased to 12%, up from 4.2% in 1996. 60% of government resources are decentralized into the districts. The government has started a social insurance scheme to make services available to the communities. This scheme mostly serves the poor, and has been very successful. It will serve as a model for other insurance programmes. Donor inputs account for well over 70% of health sector funding. The government believes that this is not sustainable and is seeking long-term, sustainable solutions.

Health sector successes

There have been some significant improvements in the health sector. The government campaign for HIV/AIDS has yielded a downward trend in the prevalence of the disease. The current prevalence is 3%.

Population growth

The government is very concerned about population growth. At the highest levels, the government is advocating for limiting family size. This is felt to depend on many factors, including family traditions, cultural ties, and shared responsibilities between men and women.


Health opportunities and challenges

Opportunities

  • Security and government stability
  • Donor friendliness
  • Decentralization

Challenges

  • Rapid population growth
  • Donor coordination
  • High levels of poverty
MEDICAL EDUCATION
After finishing high school, the Rwanda Education Board offers a National exams. The Board choose the best students with high scores in the country and they are given a unique chance to study medicine in the Univerity of Rwanda, a public univerity considered as the best in the country. Medical education here in Rwanda comprises 6 years. Whereby in those 6 years, the first 2 years are preclinical years that is purely theoretical and the remaining 4 years are clinical where the studies are mainly focused on practical skills in the clinics/ Hospital.
TRANSPORTATION
Here in Rwanda, the most common way of transportation is the public transportation by bus. There's no train or airplanes for local transport within the country as Rwanda is a small country. In case you are in rush, moto-taxis and car taxis are available everywhere and are the best way in such cases.
SOCIAL PROGRAM
Rwanda is a very interesting country with many interesting things that everyone is invited to see. Through social programs that are organised by the NEO. Incomings get a chance of exploring the beauty of Rwanda during at least 2 of the 4 weekends. We are used to visit Kivu lake, historical museums, genocide memorial sites, National parks, Virunga , Nyungwe forest, Mount Huye and some others...
MUST SEE
You can't afford to leave the country without visiting these beautiful places. They all have particularies you can't find anywhere else.
  • Nyungwe Forest

  • Lake Kivu, Gisenyi

  • Nyamata Church, Kigali

  • Ntarama Church, Kigali

  • Akagera National Park, Kigali

  • Volcanoes National Park, Ruhengeri

  • Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre/ Kigali Memorial Centre, Kigali

  • National Museum of Rwanda, Butare

  • Virunga Mountains, Virunga Volcanoes

  • Inema Art Center, Kigali


For more infos about those places, visit : http://www.wefindyougo.com/best-tourist-places-in-rwanda/
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
The Rwandan culture is different from so many others, due to many factors. among them is the fact that a local language used by many people is kinyarwanda but also english and french are so used in the hospital. No food is restricted but you may wish to taste a traditional buffet, you are allowed to. There is a unique traditional dance for Rwandese, whenever you wish to attend such shows you are welcome. The country is mostly filled with rwandans but they are also a big number of burundians, and many other people from Europe and all other part of the world. 
We can't say all about the Rwandan Culture, most things are to be seen when you will be in the country.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Weather

Rwanda boasts an agreeable tropical climate that’s not too hot or too cold. Though it’s located just south of the equator, the country’s high altitude helps keep temperatures moderate throughout the year. The country’s weather and climate are also characterized by frequent showers during the better part of the year and about 40 inches of annual rainfall on average. It’s especially rainy in the northeastern corner of the country, steeped in the rainforest. Average daytime temperatures in Rwanda hover around 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the lower mountains, and a much cooler 55 degrees Fahrenheit along the higher mountains, while nighttime temperatures average in the 60s.

Rainy Seasons

In Rwanda, there are two rainy seasons, the first from January to April and the second from October to mid-December. In between the two rainy seasons is a short dry season characterized mostly by sunshine and some light clouds. Even during the dry season, there is occasional light rainfall in Rwanda. This plentiful rain supply in spite of Rwanda’s short distance from the equator is due to its high altitude

When to Go

While visitors can explore Rwanda at just about any time of year, the dry season from the middle of May to mid-October can be an easier time to get around. For those planning to observe the country’s mountain gorilla population, the dry season is also best, as are any months except for July and August; the most crowded time for gorilla tracking.

Required Attire

When deciding what to pack, visitors to Rwanda should consider the typical weather patterns of the particular time of year when they plan to visit. However, there are certain 

essential items needed throughout the year in Rwanda. These include lightweight clothing and a few warmer items for nighttime, especially in the uplands and more mountainous parts of the country. Visitors are also advised to bring rainproof clothing, regardless of when they travel to Rwanda.

Considerations

Similarly to the rest of Africa, Rwanda’s weather is becoming more and more difficult to predict, which some scientists attribute to global warming. According to a Rwanda News Agency article, climate change and a predicted rise in sea levels threatens to undermine agricultural development throughout Africa, including Rwanda.


Please consider that coming in July and August are the best months because there we are in holiday, you can get good enough care than other months. coming in other months is not a good idea cause you may not get enough care as most of people are more concentrated on studies. 



WELCOME TO RWANDA, COME AND FEEL THE DIFFERENCE