In the Works
A major challenge faced by Rwanda is training of health care workers, including specialists and subspecialists. Yale's Department of Medicine and the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute visited Rwanda, and began to work with the MOH and the Clinton Health Access Initiative on the development of Human Resource For Health (HRH) Project, which "aims to build the health education infrastructure and health workforce necessary to create a high quality, sustainable health care system in Rwanda." Yale is one of the eight medical schools, one school of public health, six schools of nursing and two schools of dentistry that has agreed to help achieve this goal. (Click to read a powerpoint summary and the full project proposal.) The consortium has agreed to recruit 52 FTE physicians, 42 nurse-educators, six health management mentors and two dental faculty for the present academic year. The major goal of this group is to help create a modern educational structure, improve undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum, and assist in training of specialists and subspecialists in collaboration with Rwandan faculty.
Yale has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rwanda MOH to participate in the project. Yale is represented by three clinical departments (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Ob/Gyn) as well as the School of Public Health. The Department of Medicine has agreed to recruit 1-2 generalists for one-year assignments as well as 4-6 subspecialists, each spending three months in Rwanda. We are in the process of completing this recruitment. Our first representative will be in Kigali in early September 2012.
This is the first project of its kind bringing together several major institutions in this country to work with Rwandan colleagues to help improve the human capacity in health. There is much to be learned from this project and we are excited to be a member of this consortium.
We have had a collaborative relationship with Kazan State Medical University for the past 17 years focusing on training of their junior faculty.
This group of Russian physicians, trained at Yale, is increasing involved at the KSMU leadership level and is having a significant impact on the training of young physicians. We continue to bring a small number of their faculty to Yale, based on their needs. We also continue to conduct an annual course in HIV disease. Dr. Sadigh will travel to KSMU to assess potential future collaboration.
Other projects under development:
Drs. Finkelstein, Rastegar and Abu-Alfa are involved in a project in Cambodia to assess the effectiveness and cost of modified peritoneal dialysis in treatment of acute kidney failure. A similar study is planned for Mulago Hospital. These projects are supported by AmeriCares, the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis and the Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation.