Rwanda: The First Lady mobilizes the private sector to support surgical treatments
First Lady Jeannette Kagame has urged the private sector and other partners to work together to support safe and affordable access to expert surgical treatment for all Africans.
She launched this call on Thursday, May 26 during a fundraising gala dinner for the IRCAD Africa Digestive Cancer Research Institute.
The dinner she was joined by a renowned French surgeon, Dr. Jacques Marescaux, was aimed at raising more resources for surgical research and development and a scholarship fund for gifted surgeons.
IRCAD Africa is the first of its kind on the continent to be opened in Rwanda with a commitment to advancing minimally invasive surgeries.
“Every franc raised by Rwanda and Friends of Rwanda to improve the welfare of our communities will be honored with careful and judicious use,” she said.
Moreover, she pointed out that no amount of money could reflect the value of a mother suffering from chronic back pain, regaining the ability to play with her child, or a father suffering from heart disease seeing granted a long enough life, to see his grandchildren born, and prosper.
Mrs. Kagame commended Marescaux, who is also the President of IRCAD, for his contribution to the health sector as well as for making Rwanda a medical hub in Africa and for understanding the need to establish a medical hub of peak in Africa. Africa.
“Becoming a medical hub is an estimable destiny for Rwanda, which we will gladly achieve, with the help of Friends of Rwanda and rewarding cross-sector partnerships,” she said.
Moreover, she said that it is important to put the hearts, as well as the resources to support IRCAD Africa in its noble mission.
She further emphasized the importance of minimally invasive surgery;
“It’s a safer, more precise and less burdensome way to perform a variety of surgeries, many of which are life-changing, life-saving or time-saving,” she said.
She said it reduces the risk of surgical procedures while maximizing their effectiveness and lessens the devastating powers of a host of diseases that eat away at the lives of millions of adults and children each year.
In addition, she revealed that access to medical tourism on the African continent is for some, the granting of a second chance at a healthy life, which sometimes involves expensive visa applications and long flights. .
She also mentioned the importance of supporting IRCAD.
“The expert training of our doctors and engineers is a stepping stone to the cutting-edge medical systems we are determined to develop,” she said.
The First Lady said she was looking forward to attending IRCAD Africa and its promising impact on the advancement of surgical medicine on the continent.
She also welcomed the progress of the construction of the new headquarters of the IRCAD Africa Center in Masaka, a construction led by the Government of Rwanda, in support of this formidable undertaking.
IRCAD Africa aims to make minimally invasive surgery in Africa accessible and sustainable, as well as to invest in the research and development of affordable instruments and techniques to help surgeons, interventional radiologists and gastro- enterologists.
The amount donated will make it possible to sponsor 12 engineers working on minimally invasive surgery projects and to train approximately 150 surgeons at IRCAD Africa this year.
The event brought together various people from the private sector as well as senior government officials.