The path is talked about after one health center and one hospital sent their staff to study the sign language to get basic knowledge that can help them to serve persons with disabilities especially deaf blind people for health care services.
This came after one young lady who was HIV positive from Karengera Sector, who was receiving Antiretroviral drugs and treatment from Mwezi health center had challenges to be understood. She was not able to communicate with anyone from the medical staff due to her disability. This resulted in not getting enough information for the use of these Anti-retro viral drugs that resulted in the failed drugs she had been consuming. The lady between 20 and 30 years does neither know to read nor to write and she does not even know the sign language used by deaf people. Instead of recovering from her illness, her life was becoming worse and Mwezi health center decided to send one nurse to have a course on sign language to Alivera center Ntendezi (the center that teaches people the sign language and teaches deaf people TVETs). The intention was that when he/she comes back, will facilitate communications between medical staff and patients with deaf disability.
As explained by the Platform president Mr. MUSAFIRI Venuste, The same Advocacy was done to the BUSHENGE Hospital in Nyamasheke District for nurses and doctors to have basic knowledge on Sign language to talk to persons with different categories of disability especially deaf people. The hospital sent their Public Relations Officer (PRO) to have a course on sign language to Alivera center Ntendezi. The hospital hopes that after finishing studies, he will ensure the communication between deaf patients and medical teams including nurses and doctors.
Both NUDOR and its Platform wish that other health sector institutions in Rwanda can learn from this hospital do the same to promote the sign language in health sector and serve exclusively all persons regardless any kind of disability.