Jul 19
July 19, 2012

Africa 2012: Day 4


President Clinton Tours Butaro Cancer Center in Rwanda

Yesterday President Clinton traveled to Rwanda for the opening of the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence, which is the result of a Clinton Global Initiative commitment by the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and Partners in Health. Amitabh Desai, director of foreign policy for the Clinton Foundation, reflects on our blog about the significance of the center and President Clinton's unique form of public service.
Watch the video above to learn more about Presient Clinton's visit or view photos on our website.
The Buatro Cancer Center, part of the Butaro Hospital, is located in the Burera District of Northern Rwanda and is the first comprehensive cancer referral facility in rural East Africa. Butaro Hospital has brought medical innovation and technology to a remote rural district that until four years ago did not have a functioning hospital to serve a population of over 320,000 people. 
The Center is supported by Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, Partners In Health, the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, and Harvard’s Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center and offers a spectrum of oncology diagnostic and treatment services, including chemotherapy, surgery, a pathology laboratory, counseling, and palliative care. The Center will also support from expert oncologists through the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School  to train Rwandan staff to administer chemotherapy and care for patients, helping to provide a sustainable and comprehensive system of education for the next generation of Rwandan health care leaders.

Map of Southern Africa