Improving health in rural Rwanda

A child and woman in Butaro

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In 2008, there was just one doctor serving 350,000 people in Rwanda's Burera district and the health statistics were among the worst in the country.

The newly opened Butaro hospital is the central pillar of a public health system serving the entire community.

The aim is to ensure that no one is more than an hour's walk from a health centre and that, in an emergency, patients can be transferred quickly to the district hospital.

The Health Show is broadcast on BBC World News on Saturdays at 1010 and 2010 GMT and on Sundays at 0710 and 2310 GMT. The programme is supported by the Gates Foundation.

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