Committees  |   June 2013
Teaching Anesthesiology in Rwanda: A Multi-pronged Approach
Author Affiliations
  • Stewart L. Chritton, M.D.
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Julia Weinkauf, M.D.
    University of Virginia
  • Craig D. McClain, M.D. M.P.H.
    Boston Childrens’ Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Jennifer E. O’Flaherty, M.D. M.P.H.
    Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Faye M. Evans, M.D.
    Emory University
  • Sarah Kessler
    Lifebox Foundation
  • Emily P. Nelson, M.D.
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • Marcel E. Durieux, M.D. Ph.D.
    University of Virginia
Article Information
Education / CPD / Obstetric Anesthesia / Committees
Committees   |   June 2013
Teaching Anesthesiology in Rwanda: A Multi-pronged Approach
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 52-55.
ASA Monitor 06 2013, Vol.77, 52-55.
The opportunity to help train the future teachers of a country’s medical foundation is inherently uplifting.
– Stewart Chritton, M.D. (Kigali, Rwanda)
I brought home with me more than I left in Rwanda.
– Emily Nelson, M.D. (Butaro, Rwanda)
ASA members are extraordinarily active in teaching anesthesiology in the small central African country of Rwanda. This article gives an overview of related activities.
The HRH program is a large-scale effort to increase residency training capability in a sustainable manner, as described by Craig McClain, Jennifer O’Flaherty and Marcel Durieux.
The HRH program in Rwanda is a bold initiative to dramatically improve health care capacity and quality throughout Rwanda. The primary goal of the anesthesiology component of this project is developing capacity and improving delivery of perioperative care in the country. Currently, there are only 14 anesthesiologists for a country of approximately 11 million people. At the 41 district hospitals, the first line of hospital-based care, with 81.5 percent of the functioning operating rooms (O.R.s) in the country, anesthesia technicians with two years of training after high school render the anesthetics.1  Over a seven-year period, HRH plans to improve indigenous capacity to the point where foreign assistance is no longer necessary and Rwandan physicians have the numbers to be self-sufficient with regard to care provision, education and research.
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