Harvard School of Dental Medicine is involved in a unique program in global health dentistry collaborating with the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and the National University of Rwanda on an innovative project to develop a bachelor of dental surgery program in Rwanda—part of the extensive Rwanda Human Resources for Health Scale Up (HRH) Program.
The HRH Program is a novel and potentially transformative health care workforce capacity-building initiative developed by the Government of Rwanda and funded by the US Government. The overarching aim of this eight-year program is to build a comprehensive, high-quality, and sustainable health care system in Rwanda by strengthening the health workforce education system and promoting the education and career development of the country's health workforce. To achieve this goal, the Government of Rwanda has convened a consortium of 23 US partner academic institutions (including Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Boston Children's Hospital) engaged in the areas of medicine, nursing and midwifery, dentistry, and public health. Each of the participating US-based institutions in this program is asked to recruit and deploy clinical faculty according to the school's identified specialty and sub-specialty areas of interest. The Rwanda HRH Program proposes a structured plan for the complete transition of health workforce education from the academic consortium to Rwandan faculty and health care personnel within eight years as a result of the projected increase in the number of health care professionals and a projected increase in government health-sector spending.