Evaluating PEPFAR’s Impact on HIV Outcomes, Health Workforce Development in Rwanda: Feb. 13 Report Release

Rwanda’s critical shortage of doctors, nurses, midwives, and community health workers has presented a major barrier to HIV care and treatment. The Human Resources for Health (HRH) program in Rwanda – funded in part by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – was established to build a large, competent, and diversely skilled health workforce to meet the needs of all Rwandans, including people living with HIV.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines how PEPFAR’s investment in HRH affected HIV morbidity and mortality in Rwanda.

It also provides six recommendations that the Rwandan and U.S. governments and global stakeholders can apply to inform future investments in health workforce strengthening.

Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST Wednesday, Feb. 12. 

The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 13.

Reporters who wish to obtain copies should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.

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