Population: 10,473,282 (July 2009 est)
GDP per capita (PPP): $900 (2008 est.)
Total expenditure on health per capita: $210 (Intl $, 2006)
Rwanda is a small country to the east of the Congo in Central Africa. It is also the most densely populated country in Africa. Rwanda is slowly but steadily recovering from the civil war and genocide of 1994.
Implementing Partner in-Country: Association Rwandaise des Diabetiques (M. Francois Gishoma and colleagues)
International Partner: Insulin for Life, University of Pittsburgh (Prof. Trevor Orchard), Dr. Deborah Edidin in Chicago
LIFE FOR A CHILD SUPPORT
We commenced the support of 25 children and adolescents in the capital Kigali in 2004. With this encouragement, the President of the Association Rwandaise des Diabetiques (M. Francois Gishoma) travelled to Gitarama and enrolled children there. Since that time, the program has spread to encompass most children and youth with diabetes in the country. The number supported has now grown to 196, as more have been enrolled, more have stayed alive, and more new cases are diagnosed.
Support is given in partnership with Insulin for Life, with extra funds being used to purchase insulin, syringes, and other needs. Many children and youth are now able to self-monitor blood glucose levels, due to assistance from a meter manufacturer. The University of Pittsburgh is assisting with education and professional training.