The University of Global Health Equity, a brainchild of the nonprofit Partners in Health, is building its first campus in northern Rwanda. It will be a medical school that teaches rural health care in a rural setting.
The Rwamagana plant is helping build a new smaller solar plant to serve the local Rubona Health Center. Planned to be completed in December, the health center will be one of only a few in Rwanda to run on solar energy.
Rwanda is orderly and immaculate. Not only are plastic bags illegal, there's no litter anywhere. That's because of monthly Umuganda day, which means "coming together" in the local language, Kinyarwanda. On Umuganda, every Rwandan must go out and clean the streets and countryside.
Butaro has become the de facto centerpiece for Rwanda's advancements in health care. It's sprawling hospital compound has everything from a pathology lab to an intensive surgery unit to a cancer center.
Butaro Hospital was built and is operated by Partners in Health, a nonprofit health care organization based in Boston. The group, which had been working in Rwanda since 2005, opened this hospital in 2011.
Rwanda struggles with an overworked electrical grid, intermittent running water and few paved roads outside of its capital city, Kigali. This road to the Kintobo Health Center in the northwestern corner of the county is currently being renovated.