The Challenge in Rwanda
In the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi in which 800,000 lives were murdered in just 100 days, life expectancy from birth was just 28 years, according to The World Bank. Today, that figure has more than doubled. However, despite this increase, 18% of morbidity cases across all district hospitals are directly linked to preventable oral diseases with access to basic dental care and education, according to the 2016 reports by the Rwandan District Hospital.
Rwanda currently has 48 dentists to serve almost 12 million people, which translates to about 1 dentist for every 250,000 potential patients. By comparison, the United States has approximately 1 dentist per every 1,600 people. Despite major efforts to rebuild the nation, the statistics remain in despair and the need for more dental care professionals is greater than ever.
We simply cannot overlook this dire and overwhelming need. His Hands On Africa was founded to tackle the oral-health care need in Rwanda by addressing the following question:
How do you partner with a developing nation where the majority of the population live on a few dollars a day to create a sustainable solution and reach those who do not have the means or access to dental care?