Building Nursing and Midwifery Capacity Through Rwanda’s Human Resources for Health Program

Glorieuse Uwizeye, Donatilla Mukamana, Michael Relf, William Rosa, Mi Ja Kim, Philomene Uwimana, Helen Ewing, Paul Munyiginya, Renee Pyburn, Nanyombi Lubimbi, Anita Collins, Isabelle Soulé, Kelly Burke, Josette Niyokindi, Patricia Moreland

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Global disparities in the quantity, distribution, and skills of health workers worldwide pose a threat to attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and deepens already existing global health inequities. Rwanda and other low-resource countries face a critical shortage of health professionals, particularly nurses and midwives. This article describes the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program in Rwanda, a collaboration between the Ministry of Health of Rwanda and a U.S. consortium of academic institutions. The ultimate goal of the HRH Program is to strengthen health service delivery and to achieve health equity for the poor. The aim of this article is to highlight the HRH nursing and midwifery contributions to capacity building in academic and clinical educational programs throughout Rwanda. International academic partnerships need to align with the priorities of the host country, integrate the strengths of available resources, and encourage a collaborative environment of cultural humility and self-awareness for all participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-201
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • continuing education
  • health disparities
  • international educational experiences
  • nursing practice
  • staff development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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