Trish’s last update

November 16, 2011

So I just arrived back in Boston this evening and figured you were all due for an update!  The time in Rwanda was very busy and very productive for PURE.  Since I checked in last, Emily Douglass, our priceless and incredibly helpful MGH ED Ultrasound Division intern joined me to help with the assessments and meetings at Kibagabaga, Ruhengeri and Gihundwe hospitals.  I never got used to her telling people I was her ‘boss,’ but I can tell you that we wouldn’t have gotten nearly so much done without her very hard work!  Overall, there were successful visits to all five provincial hospitals and meetings with hospital leadership and interested staff physicians at each respective site to continue to raise awareness, support, and interest in our proposed training program.  I re-investigated the ultrasound machines at each site to compare to findings from my March needs assessments and I’m happy to confirm that both Ruhengeri and Kabgayi have just been the recipients for two brand new Mindray ultrasound machines each!  These great machines came to them from the Ministry of Health (MoH), by way of a donation by the Global Fund, and this increase in machine capacity is great news for both of these busy hospitals!  Our three other sites all have functioning machines, however their ability for image storage for quality review is a challenge so we are currently discussing allocation of other donated machines with image storage capacity with the MoH.

I had very productive meetings and received good feedback from Dr. Patrick and Dr. Sanctus, the head deans at the Faculty of Medicine for the Rwandan National University.  We are now working with them as they review our strategic action plan and details of our curriculum.  Once we make any necessary amendments and get their official approval, we will again discuss CPD accreditation with the Rwandan Medical Council where we have a CPD provider application pending.

Damas and I presented to the Rwandan National Ethics Committee this past Saturday.  We discussed the background of PURE, our proposed training program and the research questions that were born out of this training program, in order that we should help further the limited evidence based with regards to the efficacy of this type of training program and its impact on patient management.  Our hope is that these outcomes data will help find the optimal approach for further scale-up of diagnostic ultrasound training programs in Rwanda.  We anticipate formal feedback from the RNEC by email this week and then Damas will help get the final version of the protocol submitted for approval.

From here, will we will continue to focus on our fundraising efforts.  I’m happy to report we just officially received of 501c3 status from the federal government in the US so we are setting up a payment system for direct donations through our website so stay tuned for more updates and please direct friends, family and colleagues to our website for donations!

- Trish Henwood

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