Clinical instructor in rwanda
Karen Johnson Feltham, RN, CNM, MS, a clinical lecturer and doctoral student at the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, is currently working as a midwife mentor though the Human Resources for Health Program in Kigali, Rwanda.
Human Resources for Health is a program directed by the Rwandan Ministry of Health in which faculty from U.S. Universities build a "twinning" relationship with Rwandan midwives, nurses and physicians. The twinning model is receiving much attention in global health-including the International Confederation of Midwives and in the latest publication by Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health. U.S. faculty-known as "twins"-mentor their Rwandan colleagues by supporting the education and skills of hospital staff in the clinical setting. In addition, mentors are responsible for clinical instruction, classroom teaching, curriculum work, faculty development activities and simulation lab instruction. Full days, indeed!
Karen has been assigned to Muhima District Maternity Hospital-a uniquely busy referral hospital in Kigali. The hospital had almost 11,000 births last year. Vaginal deliveries are attended by Registered Midwives who receive a diploma after 3 years of study.
The Human Resources for Health program is supported by former President Bill Clinton and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. The program is unique as an intervention in that it is managed within the Ministry of Health and is utilized to meet goals established by the Ministry and Secretary of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho.
Karen Johnson Feltham, RN, CNM, MS
To learn more, check in on Karen's blog: Karen in Kigali