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

Medical care is limited. The system does really well for basic things, even at the rural village level, but if your problem requires an expensive piece of machinery, there's probably only one device in the whole country. There are some options that can decently cater to Westerners. A friend broke a collarbone and had emergency surgery here and recovered fine. Several friends got malaria and recovered fine. - Sep 2019


King Faisal Hospital is the premier hospital in Kigali, and they have many issues. Most everything requires a med evac. - Jun 2018


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 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 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 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 2014


Medical care is not good here. If anything happens you'll be medevac'd out. - Jul 2014


Malaria, but my family and I do not take the meds. Knock on wood. - Sep 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 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 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 2011


Malaria and yellow fever shots are needed. Watch out for the schistosomaisis, it will kill you dead. - Oct 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 2010


Poor services available, best to have soem sort of evac insurance if you can afford it. - Sep 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 2008


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