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Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

There is some medical care, but most serious situations require a medevac to Pretoria. Malaria is a risk, though not terrible in Kigali. Bilharzia is present in fresh water.

There is an Indian run optometry set up that is ok, and several foreign and local dentists though many people medically evacuate for dental issues. - Dec 13, 2017


Local health care is very limited. Most medical conditions that can't be treated at the embassy health unit require evacuation. Malaria is a concern here, and most people take a prophylaxis. - Jan 25, 2017
Medical care on local market is not good at all so if med unit can't help you, you are medevac'd to Pretoria. - Apr 5, 2016
No real health concerns. It is a malaria post and the health unit supplies those meds. Come stocked with neosporin and other over the counter stuff as you won't find American brands locally. - Oct 16, 2014
Medical care is not good here. If anything happens you'll be medevac'd out. - Jul 23, 2014
Malaria, but my family and I do not take the meds. Knock on wood. - Sep 13, 2013
Health care is extremely limited. For anything worse than the flu or a sprained ankle, expect to spend time in Johannesburg or Nairobi. - May 6, 2012
Malaria is present, but I know of many people who do not take the meds. There are a few dentists who are decent for basic care. Other than that, outside of our Health Unit... good luck. There are frequent medevacs to South Africa. - Apr 2, 2012
If you swim in the lake water, make sure you get tested for schisto. Malaria is still around, and people tend to get complacent about taking their meds. King Faisel Hospital is the largest one in Kigali, and I think they are accredited now. There are various clinics throughout the country that are doing the best they can, but they would not be able to take care of a large problem, such as a traffic accident, heart attack, etc. - Jul 28, 2011
Malaria and yellow fever shots are needed. Watch out for the schistosomaisis, it will kill you dead. - Oct 20, 2010
Health Concerns? After three years we aren't sure what we have. But we are a lot more tired and worn out than when we arrived. Oh and stay out of the fresh water lakes, they carry Schistomiasis. At least Malaria isn't much of a concern. Don't drink the tap water, of course. - Jan 23, 2010
Poor services available, best to have soem sort of evac insurance if you can afford it. - Sep 16, 2008
King Faisal is Rwanda's main hospital for visitors. Limited specialist such as pediatrics, OB/Gyn, radiologist, dental, and general surgery. Lack specialties such as Emergency medicine, Internist, Cardiology, and Neurologist. X-rays and CT Scan is available. Malaria, TB, Gastro-intestinal diseases are the biggest concerns. - Aug 9, 2008