Patients half a world away may soon benefit from Mercy Virtual, which is already knocking down health care barriers across the nation.
This week, Mercy hosted health care leaders from Rwanda, touring various departments at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma, as well at Mercy’s Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Most Americans know Rwanda for the genocide and civil wars in the ‘90s, but now the African country is making great strides to improve the health of its people. Recently, the country doubled its life expectancy and showed the world what can be done with limited resources.
During their visit to Mercy, the group from Rwanda studied and gained valuable insight they hope can be replicated at home. The tour and discussion with Mercy Virtual leaders and Gen. Dr. Emmanuel Ndahiro, commandant (CEO) of Rwanda Military Hospital, ended with a signed memorandum of agreement. It states they will work together to identify needs and determine what types of telemedicine program(s) could work in Rwanda, where smartphones are so widely used. In fact, 8 million Rwandans own such devices, out of a population of nearly 12 million.
For more information about Mercy’s relationship with Rwanda, click here.