Week of 12.18.09
Africa: House Calls and Health CareCan a breakthrough health care innovation in Rwanda work in the U.S.?
It appears that your computer does not have the Flash Player required to view NOW videos. Visit Adobe to download and install the latest version of the Flash Player.In rural Rwanda, the simple and time-tested idea of medical house calls is not only improving the health of the community, but stimulating its economy as well.
This week, NOW travels to the village of Rwinkwavu to meet the Rwandan doctors, nurses and villagers who are teaming up with Boston-based Partners in Health and the Rwandan government to deliver medicine and medical counseling door-to-door. Would such an innovation work in America?
In the capital of Kigali, NOW's David Brancaccio sits down with Rwandan President Paul Kagame to talk about international aid and Kagame's ultimate vision for a healthy, financially-independent Rwanda.
This show is part of Enterprising Ideas, NOW's continuing spotlight on social entrepreneurs working to improve the world through self-sustaining innovation.
This show was originally broadcast on September 11, 2009.
The Skoll Foundation
Skoll Forum 2009: Social Entrepreneurship: Shifting Power Dynamics (pdf). Includes an essay from Partners in Health Co-founder Paul Farmer.
Partners in Health: Program in Boston
The non-profit Partners in Health has developed a Prevention and Access to Care and Treatment (PACT) program to serve HIV patients in Boston. The program trains and employs community members to make home visits to help HIV patients in need.
Partners in Health: Testimony of Joia Mukeherjee
Mukeherjee, the Medical Director of Partners In Health, testified to the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
Rwandan Ministry of Health
WHO: Task Shifting Guidelines
Recommendations from the World Health Organization on "task shifting" - a process in which tasks are moved to less specialized health workers in countries where there is a shortage of health workers.
The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Information on America's initiative to combat global HIV/AIDS.
Financial Times: Africa Has to Find Its Own Road to Prosperity
Op-ed by the Rwandan President Paul Kagame on how and when to go about ending foreign aid to the world's poorest countries.
The William J. Clinton Foundation
The United Nations' "Milennium Goals"
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|Africa: House Calls and Health Care
Reporter's Notebook: Horror and Hope in Rwanda
Slideshow: A Revived Rwandan Hospital
Extended Interview: Rwandan President Paul Kagame
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