Rwanda, Geisel & Clinton

Bold Effort Transforming Health

  • Chelsea Clinton, President Clinton and Rwandan Minister of Health and Geisel faculty member Agnes Binagwaho visit patients at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. President Clinton and Chelsea visited CHUK to see the progress of the Clinton Health Access Initiative's (CHAI) Human Resources for Health (HRH) program.Chelsea Clinton, President Clinton and Rwandan Minister of Health and Geisel faculty member Agnes Binagwaho visit patients at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda. President Clinton and Chelsea visited CHUK to see the progress of the Clinton Health Access Initiative's (CHAI) Human Resources for Health (HRH) program.
  • Geisel faculty members Yuki Aoyagi, Kelly Kieffer, Allison Ball, Lisa Adams and Chris Paletta working in Kilgali in August for the Human Resources for Health program.Geisel faculty members Yuki Aoyagi, Kelly Kieffer, Allison Ball, Lisa Adams and Chris Paletta working in Kilgali in August for the Human Resources for Health program.
  • President Kagame and former U.S. President Clinton with the Human Resources for Health (HRH) doctors - including three Geisel faculty members, Drs. Yuki Aoyagi, Kelly Kieffer and Allison Ball - at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda.President Kagame and former U.S. President Clinton with the Human Resources for Health (HRH) doctors - including three Geisel faculty members, Drs. Yuki Aoyagi, Kelly Kieffer and Allison Ball - at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Dr. Lisa Adams works with colleague Dr. Jean-Luc Nkurikiyimfura, Head of the HIV Clinic at the Kigali teaching hospital in Rwanda. Adams spent the last six months of 2012 in Rwanda helping to get the HRH program off the ground.Dr. Lisa Adams works with colleague Dr. Jean-Luc Nkurikiyimfura, Head of the HIV Clinic at the Kigali teaching hospital in Rwanda. Adams spent the last six months of 2012 in Rwanda helping to get the HRH program off the ground.
  • Dr. Lisa Adams works with the Human Resources for Health Program, an ambitious project to build a high quality and sustainable health system in Rwanda.Dr. Lisa Adams works with the Human Resources for Health Program, an ambitious project to build a high quality and sustainable health system in Rwanda.
  • Partners in Health co-founder and Harvard Professor Paul Farmer with Geisel faculty members Chris Paletta and Yuki Aoyagi in Kigali in August.Partners in Health co-founder and Harvard Professor Paul Farmer with Geisel faculty members Chris Paletta and Yuki Aoyagi in Kigali in August.
  • Rwandan Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MD, meeting with Dr. Wiley Souba, Dean, Geisel School of Medicine, about the Rwanda-Dartmouth Human Resources for Health program, during her visit this spring to Dartmouth.Rwandan Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MD, meeting with Dr. Wiley Souba, Dean, Geisel School of Medicine, about the Rwanda-Dartmouth Human Resources for Health program, during her visit this spring to Dartmouth.
  • Rwandan physicians and residents work with Dr. Dorey Glenn, Geisel School of Medicine Pediatrics Instructor,  to treat a young patient in Kigali.Rwandan physicians and residents work with Dr. Dorey Glenn, Geisel School of Medicine Pediatrics Instructor, to treat a young patient in Kigali.

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Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine — along with seven other U.S. medical schools and the Clinton Health Access Initiative — have joined together with Rwanda in a major seven-year commitment called the Rwandan Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program. Begun in 2012, Human Resources for Health will help address the country's severe healthcare worker shortage by increasing the number of faculty available to train future physicians and health professionals. The HRH Program will dramatically increase the number, quality, and skill level of Rwandan clinicians and health sciences educators, including medical doctors (general practitioners, specialists, and subspecialists), nurses and midwives.

“We’re pleased and honored to be among such an esteemed group of medical schools from across the country that were invited to participate in this project,” said Dr. Lisa Adams, associate dean for global health at Geisel who was, as a principal investigator for the HRH program, the first physician on the ground in Rwanda to help kick off the program in August 2012. “It is a natural fit for our commitment to global health programming at Dartmouth and the work of our Center for Health Equity at the medical school.

"The ambitious goal is to build a medical education and health system in Rwanda that will be one of the best in the world."

This substantial scale-up will be achieved with the assistance of an unprecedented consortium of top US educational institutions. Each university has committed to sending full-time faculty members to Rwanda to help improve teaching, research, curriculum development, and mentorship. The U.S. physician and nursing faculty mentors work for up to one year at three teaching hospitals in Kigali and Butare, Rwanda.

At the conclusion of the seven-year program, with thousands of Rwandan physicians and nurses having advanced their teaching, research, primary care and specialty skills as part of the educational partnership, the Rwanda Government “will be positioned to sustain the improved health workforce on its own without foreign aid,” said Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health in Rwanda, and a Geisel faculty member.

According to Partners in Health Co-Founder Dr. Paul Farmer, "this (Rwanda HRH Program) is the boldest effort I've seen to make good on a central promise of global health: that the fruits of science serve everyone, especially those who bear the highest burden of disease."

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