Dying with dignity in Rwanda: Exploring country-wide improvements in access and availability of opioids for palliative care

Jean-Claude Tayari Kanyamanza, a clinical pharmacist and director of Pharmaceutical Supply Chain for the Rwanda Biomedical Center, Ministry of Health, will discuss the recent improvements in access to opioid pain medicines for palliative care in Rwanda. He will discuss a recent initiative to establish an oral morphine solution production lab and government-sponsored opioid prescription training for physicians from district hospitals throughout
the country.

In his tenure within the Rwandan government, Tayari Kanyamanza has gained keen insight into all aspects of pharmaceutical operations such as medical procurement and  production. He was among the key professionals responsible for the smooth execution of the Global Fund budget and has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program.

As the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Director, Tayari Kanyamanza is responsible for oversight and reporting for health products, from product selection to use at health facilities. He works collaboratively to address issues of policy, standard operating procedures and other aspects of enhancing access and availability of medicines.

Tayari Kanyamanza holds a masters degree in Public Health and is a doctoral candidate working with the Pain & Policy Studies Group at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-Madison. His visit is part of a Seed Grant awarded by the UW-Madison Global Health Institute.