Kibagabaga District Hospital

Kibagabaga District Hospital

Location: Rwanda

The hospital receives an average of 230 patients every day and has 120 beds.  It sees 1700 referral cases and refers around 900 cases to teaching hospitals each year.  It is staffed by 5 specialists, 13 general physicians, 142 nurses and 265 employees.

Departments:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Internal medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Ophthalmology

The hospital also supervises 6 health centres and a prison.

Palliative care was first introduced to the hospital in 2008 by Mildmay.  Kibagabaga hospital’s palliative care objectives are;

  • To offer a better quality of life to patients.
  • To provide oral morphine to all who need it.
  • To equip hospital staff with the skills to offer a higher standard of palliative care services.
  • To reduce the cost of palliative care.
  • To increase the value of palliative care through advocacy and increased awareness.

In 2009 the hospital started a paediatric palliative care centre with the aim of improving palliative care services to children who needed it, catering to all children’s diseases and caring for those with incurable diseases particularly HIV/AIDS.    The centre also provides nutritional guidance and counsels pregnant women with HIV in order to prevent mother child transmission.

In 2011 the hospital received 41 adult cases and 273 child cases for palliative care.

The hospital works in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) on the THET project.