Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.
This pharmacy operates in a clinic that takes care of one of the most vulnerable populations: HIV-positive Rwandan genocide rape victims and their families. These patients are dedicated, adherent and quite appreciative of clinic efforts.
Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
In 2004, the founder met a physician at an AIDS conference in Bangkok. Later that year she invited him out to Rwanda to help her design a pharmacy in a clinic she was building for HIV positive Rwandan genocide rape survivors. In early 2005, he went to Rwanda for three weeks and his life was changed forever. He saw abject poverty yet at the same time he saw in these patients a fierce determination to live and take care of their children. He wanted to devote his life to helping disadvantaged populations obtain excellent pharmacy care and have patient records be a good link for presribers. With the help of his Congresswoman he obtained his 501c3 in five months and immediately had two goals which he completed. One, raise money for a course in antiretroviral supply chain management and two, raise money for pharmacy supplies to bring to Rwanda.