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 agreed to help achieve this goal in 2011. (Click to read a powerpoint summary and the full project proposal.) 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 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 generalists for one-year assignments as well as subspecialists, each spending three months in Rwanda. This recruitment is ongoing, over the eight to ten years of the Project.
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.
Uganda Institute for Integrated Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (link to UINCD)
UINCD is a research partnership that is working to find better ways to address chronic diseases. From prevention to disease management, health services and healthcare worker training are often fragmented in their approach to chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs). We believe that addressing NCDs, which share common risk factors and socioeconomic determinants of health, will require a shift away from disease-specific approaches and towards integrated health service delivery platforms. We are developing innovative models of training healthcare workers and caring for patients and communities - all focused on NCD integration.
We are collaborating with several other US institutions to develop a network to work with the Liberian government to rebuild the medical education and health care infrastructure.