Rwanda co- hosted the first Global Education & Technology Health Summit held at the United Nations in New York from February 6 to 7, 2013.
The discussion which focused on issues such as leveraging mobile technology to strengthen health systems brought together academics, social entrepreneurs, distance learning experts, physicians, business leaders and ministers of health for a dialogue on the impact of mobile technologies to improve global health.
During the event the Director of e-health at the Rwandan Ministry of Health, Dr. Richard Gakuba said Rwanda has three community health workers per 75,000 villagers, which exceeds the goal of the million community health worker campaign for Sub-Saharan Africa announced by President Paul Kagame, Novartis CEO Joseph Jiminez, and Columbia Professor Jeffrey Sachs this past January at the World Economic Forum.
Organized by Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Global Partnerships Forum the summit was also co-hosted by the International Telecommunication Union as well as the governments of Ethiopia, Uganda, and Norway.
“Rwanda has drastically improved in the health sector over a decade.”
With help from Western donors, the number of people getting treatment for AIDS rose to 108,000 from near zero.
Since 2000, the maternal mortality ratio has fallen by 60 percent; the likelihood that a child would die by age 5 has dropped by 70 percent.
Upwards of 98 percent of all Rwandans have low-cost health insurance, and the country offers free preventive care (mosquito nets, immunizations).