Medical doctors from district and referral hospitals in Rwanda are receiving training on the early detection and treatment of cancer and neurological disorders as a mechanism to address the current small number of specialists in neurology and oncology in the East African region. 

The training is part of a four-year programme funded by the East African Development Bank (EADB) and implemented by the British Council in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and the Rwandan Ministry of Health through Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Butare (CHUB).   

David Odongo, Acting Head of Business at the East African Development Bank-Rwanda Office, said that they have been funding the medical training programme since 2016.

EADB provides resources to various partners including the British council and we facilitate the Royal College of Physicians across the region where there is generally a lack of specialists in the field of neurology as well as oncology.

Our target is 600 doctors over a four-year period. We wish this number could go higher but this is what the resources will allow. However we feel it will have a significant impact to start a process where we can train even more doctors,”
 
David Odongo, Acting Head of Business at the East African Development Bank-Rwanda Office


According to Esperance Uwamaliya, Programmes Manager at the British Council, the current neurology clinical training course, being the third cohort, is benefitting 20 Rwandan medical doctors from different hospitals. 

With 30 doctors trained previously, the number has now increased to 50 trained medical doctors.

“The training has a positive impact as medical doctors are learning and acquiring new knowledge. They will be able to carry out preliminary checking, interpreting symptoms and understand the condition, before treating or referring the patient. They are still general professionals but in the end they can specialize in neurology.”
Esperance Uwamaliya, Programmes Manager at the British Council

 

 

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