Carrie Gates | Apr. 16, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
Rwanda is one of the few countries to have met the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—which include reducing childhood mortality, improving maternal health, and combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. In her research, Notre Dame senior Catherine Cichon explores how Rwanda’s success may be repeated in other developing countries.
Cichon, an anthropology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health major, first became interested in traveling to Rwanda after a January 2013 trip to Haiti with the volunteer organization Health for Haiti.
“It was that trip that first inspired me to look into global health and the potential of medical partnerships,” Cichon says. “Rwanda and Haiti are similar in demographics and size, and, very recently, they were both considered failed states. In the last decade, however, Rwanda has been very successful in reaching goals in health care standards and education.
“I wanted to see what Rwanda has done well that Haiti could learn from.”