Road to Rwanda

Dr. Ghebre

Helping Build a High-Quality Sustainable Healthcare System in Rwanda

Dr. Rahel Ghebre has been hard at work with global gynecology oncology training efforts for several years. Click here to read some of her work, published in June 2016, on the challenges in prevention and care delivery for women with cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.

Update from Dr. Ghebre

December 17, 2014

Here are pictures of where I am currently. I am at one of the District Hospitals (Gisenyi) which is in the north on the border with Congo. It is next to Goma which is an area of volcanic activity. The town is on Lake Kivu and has amazing scenery. One of the pictures shows an area where they dry small fish for the market. -Rahel

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Basic tools for surgery are simply not present in Rwanda

December 15, 2014

One of the biggest surprises for healthcare workers visiting Rwanda (and many other countries abroad) is how many “basic” tools for surgery are simply not present. Dr. Ghebre looks at a tray of specialized surgical tools, the only one like it currently at the University of Rwanda. 

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Traditional Rwandan Dance

December 8, 2014

rwanda3Since the early days, cattle has conveyed a lot of significance and importance in the Rwandan culture. We see this aspect in the traditional Rwandan dance, where a lot of emphasis is put on the cow rhythms and movements.

Traditional Rwanda dancers usually mimic the horns of a bull and its movement using their hands and footsteps.

Dr. Ghebre in lecture at University of Rwanda

November 3, 2014

In addition to developing a curriculum for pelvic surgery, Dr. Ghebre also lectures to the Ob/Gyn Residents who are training at the University of Rwanda Hospital.

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Research and clinical opportunities in Rwanda

October 28, 2014

Below is a list of research and clinical opportunities in Rwanda. These projects have been identified by Dr. Ghebre and colleagues at the University of Rwanda as dynamic opportunities to collaborate on global health topics and perhaps even provide an opportunity to travel. If you would like to form or become a part of the UMN counterpart to any of these projects, please contact Matt Gerber at to learn more.

HPV vaccine impact

Scope: Follow-up data on nation-wide HPV vaccinating of 12-year-old girls (comparing against a population of non-vaccinated girls in Kisumu, Kenya)

HPV home testing 

Scope: HPV home self-testing

Health Behaviors

Scope: Increasing compliance around vaccinations, Pap smears and medical check-ups


Scope: Intermittent preventative treatment for pregnant women (IPTp) to prevent congenital malaria; conduct placental biopsies and analysis

Transdermal malaria medication & oncology

Scope: Explore in depth, the early indications that transdermal malaria medication may be decreasing the size of solid tumors

Wound Vac for Developing Countries

Scope: Design a more basic and cheaper version of wound vac to allow for safer, faster healing

Dr. Ghebre in Rwanda operating room

October 17, 2014

In this video, Dr. Ghebre shares a little about what it is like to perform surgery in Rwanda.

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