The Kigali Health Institute (KHI) has entered into partnership with sixteen top US universities to improve comprehensive and innovative human resources in the Rwandan health sector.
The partnership was reached through the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
Part of the arrangement with the universities is to recruit faculty members for the Rwanda Human Resources Health Program. A number of positions are open including infection control nurse educator, clinical mentor, and curriculum development advisor.
According to the Ministry of Health, Rwanda currently faces a severe lack of highly qualified physicians, nurses, midwives, and other health care workers.
The key obstacle to building the health workforce in Rwanda is in the inability of Rwandan schools and clinical teaching hospitals to offer adequate levels of teaching, clinical training, mentorship, research experience, and opportunities for advanced/specialized study.
Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho hailed the partnership adding that at the end of seven year training period the institution would have produced a good number of local professional health practitioners. The curriculum is intended to facilitate both physicians and nurses.
Vincent Rusanganwa who is in charge of training in the ministry of health was quick says that the program would add on the number of professionals since there is only 113 physicians, the program intends to produce 700 more in the years to come, while the number of nurses is expected to increase from 457 to 5287.
“The trainings are expected to boost the county’s vision 2020 and MDG’s target towards achieving better health services,” remarked Binagwaho.
Lessons will also be extended to relevant local institutions such as the nursing school in Nyagatare as well as medical faculties at the national university.
The trainings will cover six core areas including internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, anesthesia, and family medicine.
A student exchange program will also be part of program whereby US students will conduct their internship in the country and vice versa.
At least 50 health managers are expected to be trained in management skills which would enable better management in each of the 44 district hospitals. Currently the few health professionals head referral hospitals.
Ira Magaziner, the Chief Executive Officer and the Vice Chair of the Clinton Health Access Initiative said that the partnership was the first of kind in the region and Rwanda was chosen as the ideal country due to its progress towards health promotion especially in the rural areas.