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My name is  Ifrah Ahmed MPH

Blog 5 

    The quote "When one saves one life they save all humanity" is a powerful statement that holds a lot of truth. It is a reminder that every life is precious and has the potential to make a difference in the world. Today, as I visited the genocide memorial in Kigali, I was reminded of this quote and how important it is to value and cherish life. The memorial was one of the hardest parts of my trip to Rwanda. The brutality that occurred in this beautiful country truly moved me, and I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed by the pain and suffering that so many innocent people had to endure. The genocide in Rwanda was a dark chapter in human history, and it is hard to comprehend how human beings can be capable of such evil. Women, children, and even the elderly were all victims of this horrific act of violence, all in the name of ethnic differences. 


My name is Hannah Adams MPH

Blog #5: April 19, 2023

After our morning lecture on pulmonary hypertension, Ifrah and I got right to work on our proposal. From previous experience searching for information on rheumatic heart disease in Rwanda, we knew it would be difficult to locate accurate, up-to-date data. Though the few papers available provide estimates regarding the prevalence of RHD, information such as the annual incidence of strep throat, acute rheumatic fever, and rheumatic heart disease, especially among Rwandans in rural areas is not reported. However, we were able to learn how other sub-Saharan nations are mitigating rheumatic heart disease. In nearly every country whose RHD rates are improving, the country introduced rapid strep throat testing and initiatives to increase community awareness of the link between strep throat and RHD. This information shows the strong potential for our project to be effective in Rwanda.

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