Invitation to join a Training of Trainers Delegation with Dr. Mary Foley (Aug 20-27)

Rwanda’s health system has seen a lot of progress when it comes to preventing and controlling hospital-acquired infections. Most district hospitals now have IPC committees in place and follow IPC protocols. However, some of these hospitals struggle to maintain and to apply some of these protocols due to lack of resources and especially lack of capacity. That makes capacity development for the medical and non-medical staff in the form of regular and inclusive trainings a key priority, both at the district hospital level and then, increasingly also, in the health centers which serve the majority of the country’s population.

In 2014, we followed the invitation of the Rwandan Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, to become a partner in IPC capacity development in Rwanda. Our program leader is Dr. Mary Foley, a renowned nursing professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a past president of the American Nurses Association (ANA).


Waleed Fatth, our GEI Global Programs Manager, reflects on his experience with one of Mary’s capacity development delegations: “It was a true privilege to work with the IPC committees at the district hospitals in Kibungo and Musanze. One of my personal highlights was the inclusion of non-medical staff members. Many of the medical workers were really surprised to see themselves participate in a workshop together with the cleaners or the maintenance crew. But later they realized how crucial it is to empower every group and to work hand in hand. IPC really is the responsibility of everybody at the hospital.”

Now in its third year, the program is expanding further. From August 20 to 27, Mary will lead another delegation of health professionals and students to launch a series of trainings of trainers in Hospital Hygiene & Healthcare Waste Management. The training curriculum follows WHO recommendations and has been specifically adapted to the Rwandan environment.

We are now looking for professionals and students from around the world who areinterested to travel to Rwanda and engage in this unique capacity development process. Some highlights:

– Become an IPC Trainer in Hospital Hygiene & Healthcare Waste Management.
– Study together with a multicultural group from Rwanda and abroad.
– Contribute to the development of Rwanda’s IPC capacity.
– Share your knowledge and gain new insights through a unique African perspective on infection control.
– Explore the country and its people through excursions.
– Create once-in-a-lifetime memories and build lasting friendships with professional colleagues.
While a background in healthcare or a related field is essential – prior direct experience in IPC is not required. Students are explicitly invited to apply as well. They have the opportunity to earn four (4) academic credits if they also join a Global Health course offered online in webinar style by The College of New Jersey.

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