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Rwanda: Kigali – Chinese Medics Reach Out to Children Living With Disability


Chinese medics in Rwanda reached out to children living with disabilities in Kigali on Tuesday, May 30, providing them with free consultation and recommendations as well as material donations.

The medical team is part of an initiative where the Chinese government sends healthcare providers to Rwanda and several other African countries annually to give support in the health sector.

The medics conducted outreach at Inshuti Zacu, a daycare centre located in Gahanga, Kicukiro that provides care for children living with disabilities, particularly autism.

The facility takes care of up to 97 children with disabilities whom the medical professionals spent time examining, trying to identify some of the health issues they have and offering advice regarding what can be done to make them better. The team also made donations including food and other necessities to the children.

The outreach was part of an initiative by Professor Peng Liyuan, the Chinese First Lady, in collaboration with the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD).

“The Chinese government has been sending medical teams to African countries for the past 60 years. This year marks the 60th anniversary of this programme, and Professor Peng Liyuan, the wife of President Xi Jin Ping proposed this event,” said Wang Xuekun, the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda.

“Children are the hope and future of the country. The embassy is glad to work together with the Rwanda government for all the children. The children have many difficulties in their families and their living, and we would like to work together so that no one is left behind,” he noted.