NURSPH Ongoing Projects_2012

1. Supporting the National University of Rwanda School of Public Health to Improve Quality of HIV/AIDS and Health Service Delivery in the Republic of Rwanda

Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This five-year cooperative agreement aligns with the PEPFAR II vision of transitioning PEPFAR-supported programs to host country ownership and management.
The main purpose of the agreement is to support the NURSPH to provide quality and relevant pre- and in-service training and research capabilities for the enhancement of evidence-based planning. Key focus areas include: improvement in the quality of teaching at the NURSPH; training of faculty and students in analysis and use of public health program data, operational research, and program evaluations; and improvement of the NURSPH infrastructure to support quality education.

2. Scientific Guidance for the Transition to an Integrated Health Sector Program in areas of Cooperation between Rwanda- Belgium

Agence Belge de Développement (CTB)
As the Belgian Development Agency (CTB – BTC) is shifting its support to the Rwandan health sector from a multi projects approach to an integrated program approach, this project aims to facilitate the delicate transition. It involves among other things an interactive networking of different projects previously funded by the Agency, the reinforcement of their coherence and alignment to national policies.
NURSPH in collaboration with the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and other Belgian universities are providing specific scientific support in terms of documentation of the different interventions, operations research and capacity building.

3. Wellcome Trust Research Capacity Strengthening in Africa Institutions Initiative

Partner: Wellcome Trust /THRiVE Consortium
The program is part of a wider initiative by Wellcome Trust which aims to build a critical mass of sustainable local research and capacity across Africa, through the strengthening of African universities and research institutions.

4. Population Health Implementation Training (PHIT) Program
Partners and Collaborators: Partners in Health, MoH, National Institute of Statistics, NURSPH, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
A Consortium funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is working to implement and evaluate expansion of primary health care in southern Kayonza and Kirehe districts in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.
Activities include: Training and supervising CHWs, Strengthening health centres and District hospitals, and ensuring a robust district-wide referral system and improved M&E. The role of NURSPH in the program is to provide research capacity building to MoH and PiH field staff by offering MPHIL and PhD scholarships.

5. Centre of Excellence for Programmatic Management of Drug resistant Tuberculosis for East Africa (CoE PMDT)

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
Collaborators: Rwanda Biomedical Center - Institute of HIV/AIDS, Disease Prevention and Control (RBC-IHDPC), the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) and the National University of Rwanda/ School of Public Health (NURSPH)
This centre of excellence was established in Kigali, Rwanda in 2010 with financial support from USAID E/A. Among the collaborators, NURSPH is the custodian of the training programs.
The expected outcomes of the project are: 1, An operational Centre of Excellence (CoE) for training Programmatic Management of Drug resistant TB (PMDT) and TB Infection Control (TB IC) in the East African region, and 2, Trained national and regional team of experts on PMDT, Laboratory and TB IC supporting implementation of PMDT and TB infection control in countries within the region.

6. Centre of Excellence in Health Systems Strengthening, East and Central Africa (CoE HSS)

The Rockefeller Foundation
The Centre of Excellence in Health Systems Strengthening has been established to foster health system research to identify and diagnose health system issues as a means of achieving Universal health coverage for resource poor countries. The centre also aims to be a hub where Rwandans and other countries’ health professionals will access information and gain hands on experience on health systems.

7. Master Degree Program with a focus on Health Workforce Development (Project)

University of Western Cape, SA
The Project’s aim is to train small groups of students so as to develop a critical mass of highly skilled human resource for health practitioners in Rwanda and ensure that sufficient capacity is built to embed its teaching in the MPH programs as well as sustain a distance learning approach among partner institutions.