The Emergency Triage and Assessment Treatment (ETAT), a programme focusing on very sick children aimed at reducing child Mortality rate in Rwanda; advancing to fulfilling the 4th goal of Millennium Developmental Goals before 2015.
Dr. Lizine Tuyisenge a pediatrician in Kigali Health Institute Hospital (KHI) who is also the secretary in the forum for pediatricians in Rwanda said that it has been more than a year pediatricians in all doctors in Rwanda getting training on this program.
“The objective is for doctors and nurses to understand all children that are brought in the hospitals and know those with emergency cases and how to treat them before they lose their lives or get in critical stage.”
Tuyisenge said that there are about 25 doctors and nurses that were trained and work in the service of children diseases and ETAT program who will in turn train others. “This program will aim at eradicating diseases to kill children including diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea and others.”
According to Demography Health Survey that was done in 2010, the number of children under 1 year of age mortality rate decreased from 107/1000 to 50/1000 and the objective is to reach 28/1000 by 2015 and Rwanda is ready to achieve this.
Survey shows that in 2000, children under 5 years that died were 152/1000 and in 2010 they are 76/1000 and the objective is 50/1000 in 2015.