Health professional training and capacity strengthening through international academic partnerships: The first five years of the human resources for health program in rwanda
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
PublisherKerman University of Medical Sciences
MetadataShow full item record
AbstractBackground: The Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program (HRH Program) is a 7-year (2012-2019) health professional training initiative led by the Government of Rwanda with the goals of training a large, diverse, and competent health workforce and strengthening the capacity of academic institutions in Rwanda. Methods: The data for this organizational case study was collected through official reports from the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MoH) and 22 participating US academic institutions, databases from the MoH and the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) in Rwanda, and surveys completed by the co-authors. Results: In the first 5 years of the HRH Program, a consortium of US academic institutions has deployed an average of 99 visiting faculty per year to support 22 training programs, which are on track to graduate almost 4600 students by 2019. The HRH Program has also built capacity within the CMHS by promoting the recruitment of Rwandan faculty and the establishment of additional partnerships and collaborations with the US academic institutions. Conclusion: The milestones achieved by the HRH Program have been substantial although some challenges persist. These challenges include adequately supporting the visiting faculty; pairing them with Rwandan faculty (twinning); ensuring strong communication and coordination among stakeholders; addressing mismatches in priorities between donors and implementers; the execution of a sustainability strategy; and the decision by one of the donors not to renew funding beyond March 2017. Over the next 2 academic years, it is critical for the sustainability of the 22 training programs supported by the HRH Program that the health-related Schools at the CMHS significantly scale up recruitment of new Rwandan faculty. The HRH Program can serve as a model for other training initiatives implemented in countries affected by a severe shortage of health professionals. Copyright 2018 The Author(s); Published by Kerman University of Medical Sciences.
Health Professional Training
Human Resource for Health
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttps://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85056555045&doi=10.15171%2fijhpm.2018.61&partnerID=40&md5=d293b2eab4e9b7ec0ef7438b2ba3e728; http://hdl.handle.net/10713/9791
- Building Workforce Capacity Abroad While Strengthening Global Health Programs at Home: Participation of Seven Harvard-Affiliated Institutions in a Health Professional Training Initiative in Rwanda.
- Authors: Cancedda C, Riviello R, Wilson K, Scott KW, Tuteja M, Barrow JR, Hedt-Gauthier B, Bukhman G, Scott J, Milner D, Raviola G, Weissman B, Smith S, Nuthulaganti T, McClain CD, Bierer BE, Farmer PE, Becker AE, Binagwaho A, Rhatigan J, Golan DE
- Issue date: 2017 May
- The Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda - Reflections on Achievements and Challenges Comment on "Health Professional Training and Capacity Strengthening Through International Academic Partnerships: The First Five Years of the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda".
- Authors: Delisle H
- Issue date: 2018 Nov 21
- Building and Sustaining Partnerships in Health Workforce and Research Capacity in Rwanda.
- Authors: Garbern SC, Martin KD, Gonzalez-Marques C, Umuhire OF, Uwamahoro DL, Aluisio AR, Levine AC
- Issue date: 2019 Sep 3
- Enhancing formal educational and in-service training programs in rural Rwanda: a partnership among the public sector, a nongovernmental organization, and academia.
- Authors: Cancedda C, Farmer PE, Kyamanywa P, Riviello R, Rhatigan J, Wagner CM, Ngabo F, Anatole M, Drobac PC, Mpunga T, Nutt CT, Kakoma JB, Mukherjee J, Cortas C, Condo J, Ntaganda F, Bukhman G, Binagwaho A
- Issue date: 2014 Aug