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Overcoming History
Brown partners with Rwanda to increase human resources for health care.
In 2011, the Ministry of Health of Rwanda began to develop a novel framework for leveraging partnerships with US universities. This capacity building program developed from the Ministry of Health’s recognition of the need for a long-term sustainable solution for the significant personnel shortages across their health system. In collaboration with key stakeholders (Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health) the existing partnerships were reframed with new partnerships established around a common goal of promoting long-term placements of US teaching faculty in Rwanda to expand the educational pipeline and allow a more rapid increase in the available workforce. The program includes the unique goal for high-level involvement by US faculty in the first years of the collaboration with involvement tapering down as newly trained Rwandan specialists join the workforce. By pairing US faculty with Rwandan faculty for collaborations in teaching and in research, the program will directly support capacity development within the Rwandan medical education and health care systems.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and 10 other US academic institutions were identified and selected to participate based on their established experience in global health education. Faculty placed in Rwanda include specialists in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesia, emergency medicine, and associated subspecialists together with nurses and health administrators.

Brown University is engaged with three residency programs: emergency medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Lead Brown faculty have met with colleagues in Rwanda and continue to mold the program within working groups. The designated Brown faculty will mentor newly hired Rwanda-based Brown faculty.

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