Codification of Compassion

In 2011, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to establish a palliative care mandate. Prior to that, in 2009, Kigali’s Kibagabaga Hospital launched one of the first palliative care programs under then-director Christian Ntizimira.

Ntizimira discusses in a Q&A the program’s early challenges and solutions like sourcing morphine tablets—as opposed to injectables—so patients could be treated at home. An ongoing effort, he says, is establishing the need for palliative care within the cultural context.

“In Rwanda it is not appropriate to talk about death when the patient is still breathing,” Ntizimira writes. “A dying patient for us is a living patient.”

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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