Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012

Details for Mechanism ID: 7161
Country/Region: Rwanda
Year: 2012
Main Partner: Tulane University
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: University
Funding Agency: HHS/CDC
Total Funding: $1,250,000

Tulane University seeks to improve the quality of physician and specialist training delivered by the University of Rwandas Faculty of Medicine (FOM) and to strengthen the FOMs capacity to deliver and manage its educational and training programs, as well as to manage external grant funding. Tulane and its partners will address the challenges in delivering quality medical education and training programs via targeted technical assistance, both long and short term, as well as via a coherent series of professional seminars, clinics and virtual conferencing. Specific areas of capacity building may include curriculum and pedagogic development, integration of educational technology, assessment and evaluation, mentorship and feedback, and external grants management with an emphasis on financial accountability. These efforts will complement both the Ministry of Educations efforts to improve the quality of education as well as the Ministry of Healths efforts to increase both the quantity and quality of physicians. Four vehicles have been purchased for this project for field supervision of students at training sites. Two were purchased in COP09 and two were purchased in COP10. The total cost of purchasing these vehicles was $152,096. No additional vehicles will be purchased in COP12.

Funding for Health Systems Strengthening (OHSS): $1,250,000

Tulane University will focus its efforts on institutional capacity building of the National University of Rwandas Faculty of Medicine (FOM), and other related health sciences entities as feasible, strengthening the areas of pedagogy and mentorship in physician and specialist training. Tulane will ensure FOM is capable of external grants management, including financial and program management. These activities directly support human resources for health (HRH) by seeking to improve the technical capacity of local institution responsible for pre-service education of physicians in Rwanda. Tulane will work to develop management and leadership capacity among FOM faculty, staff and students, all cross-cutting attributes under HRH. In collaboration with FOM leadership, Tulane will develop a program to enhance teaching excellence via a series of professional seminars, clinics, and virtual conferencing so faculty are exposed to new pedagogic methodologies of instruction and assessment for improved learning outcomes. Specific areas of professional development may include curriculum and pedagogic development; integration of educational technology, assessment and evaluation; mentorship and feedback; and team-based learning. This program will target both FOM faculty and contribute to the Rwanda Medical Councils continuing professional development efforts. Tulanes partners, the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) and Booz Allen Hamilton, will provide additional support to FOM in program delivery and management via short and long term technical assistance. UCD will continue to support post-graduate programs via clinical mentorship and supervision, visiting faculty, and collaborative case analysis among students. UCD will also provide instructional support to FOM's undergraduate education program in key clinical areas. BAH will support FOM in program management with additional focus on the financial aspects of grants management and reporting. All efforts will be part of a transition plan with milestones and benchmarks by which to monitor capacity building activities and ensure that capacity transfer is indeed taking place as planned in this final year of the project.

Subpartners Total: $0
University of Colorado: NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $1,250,000
Human Resources for Health $1,250,000