Arthritis affects people worldwide – elders in Rwanda as well as the U.S.
For the next three weeks I’ll be staying with my good friend Emmanuel, in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The oldest in his family, Emmanuel willingly cares for his younger brothers and sisters, some nieces and nephews, and two adopted children. His friends joke that his home is really a youth hostel.
This week Emmanuel’s mother is in from Rwanda’s eastern province to receive treatment for her arthritis. Unlike the United States, Rwanda has universal health care coverage. Costs are minimal, but access to medicine is limited. Unlike Rwanda, the United States has an abundance of medicine, to treat aliments real and conjured (seen and pharmaceutical commercials recently?). However, 25% of our population isn’t covered by health insurance and costs are skyrocketing.
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