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Dr. Mario Pagenel Global Mental Health - Rwanda  
 

 

with Partners In Health (PIH), with a placement in Rwanda with Partners In Health’s sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), in collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry ofHealth (MoH). The Republic of Rwanda PIH/IMB works to support the Rwandan MoH in its efforts to combat the burden of mental disorders through both preventive and clinical approaches. PIH/IMB provide technical support to district hospital and health center staffincluding physicians, hospital and clinic nurses, psychologists, psychiatric nurses and social workersat three sites in rural Rwanda. The Fellowship honors Dr. Mario Pagenel, a beloved physician working for Parters In Health’s sister organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante (ZL). Director for Training and Medical Education for ZL, Dr. Pagenel perished in Haiti's 2010 earthquake. He had a special interest in psychiatry, mental health, social medicine and health equity. The fellowship also honors the people of Rwanda and the staff of IMB, who stood in solidarity with the Haitian people following the earthquake, and who serve as living inspiration for how the human spirit can overcome great adversity. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for career development in global mental health delivery for post-graduate psychiatrists, with a combined focus on training, research and advocacy. Global mental health delivery fellows will be based in Rwanda for 1-2 years. PIH, now active in 12 countries, is a Boston-based not-for-profit organization that for more than two decades has focused on the health of the poor. In partnership with the Government of Rwanda and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), PIH/IMB have supported the MoH to comprehensively strengthen the public health system in rural, underserved areas of the country since 2005. The Government of Rwanda is committed to strengthening service delivery, infrastructure and research in mental health throughout the country. In a country with only two psychiatrists and two neurologists for more than 9 million people hospitals and clinics in rural Rwanda are faced with a high burden of neuropsychiatric problems. At the three district sites where PIH/IMB work in collaboration with the MoH, large numbers of community health workers (CHW) are mobilized to attend to both infectious and noncommunicable diseases, with the imminent elaboration of a CHW mental health component. This initiative builds upon efforts by Rwanda’s MoH to expand on its successful HIV initiatives through scalable approaches to health care delivery for chronic conditions common in rural areas, including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, hemato-oncologic and neuropsychiatric conditions. With the recent opening of a world-class teaching hospital at Butaro in northern Rwanda, there exists a timely opportunity to further develop model hospital- and health center- based publicsector mental health services. The Fellowship supports training of hospital and health center staff in Rwanda in management of severe mental health problems. Enhancing the capacity of IMB to hone the skills of practitioners in the hospital setting, particularly at the new teaching hospital at Butaro is a central aim of the Fellowship. The Fellow will liaise closely with the Rwandan MoH, teaching health care professionals at all levels and supporting the mental health desk in the MoH in its task of decentralization and integration of mental health services nationally. We are recruiting a board-eligible or board-certified psychiatrist to join us beginning in July, 2011. The work in Rwanda with PIH/IMB would involve: developing strong productive relationships with our Rwandan colleagues to identify core challenges to quality mental health care and devising collaborative plans for improvement; accompanying Rwandan health care workers (physicians, nurses, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and community health workers) in developing their capacity to implement new program initiatives and quality care interventions in mental health; sharing clinical expertise at the bedside and through didactic teaching; providing support to efforts related to the development of a model mental health service at the new hospital at Butaro; and liaising with the Rwandan MoH. The Fellow will also serve as a supervisor for future USbased psychiatric resident and medical student experiences in Rwanda with IMB. We welcome candidates with interests in:CV with the names of two references. Application materials and questions can be addressed to the Fellowship Director. Please share this request for applications with colleagues, training program directors, or others with an interest in global mental health delivery. http://www.pih.org/haiti/news-entry/pih-and-zanmi-lasante-mourn-the-loss-of-a-leader-in-medical-education/

Inshuti Mu Buzima:

http://www.pih.org/pages/rwanda/

IMB’s support of Haiti:

http://www.pih.org/haiti/news-entry/we-are-all-haitian/

Butaro Hospital opening:

http://www.pih.org/blog/entry/rwandas-butaro-hospital-opens-its-doors/

Butaro Hospital and mental health:

http://www.pih.org/news/entry/hope-from-the-ashes/

Rwanda Ministry of Health:

http://www.moh.gov.rw/

PIH:

http://www.pih.org

 

 

- Collaborative learning

- Teaching and mentorship

- Specialty interests, for example in consultation-liaison psychiatry, child and adolescent

psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry

- Improvement of healthcare within the public sector

- Community outreach, primary care, and hospital based tertiary care

- Research in global mental health delivery

- Social justice

This is a salaried position with benefits. Partners In Health will provide airfare between Boston andRwanda as well as living accommodations and meals in Rwanda. Applicants must be prepared tocommit to at least 75% time in Rwanda over the duration of the fellowship. To facilitate careerdevelopment in global mental health, fellows will be eligible to attend a 3-week summer program inGlobal Health Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health. Fellows will have the opportunity tocollaborate in and develop mentored research and educational projects, and will have the option ofparticipating in ongoing research efforts. Fellows will have another 3 weeks of time in Boston to develop and refine global mental health delivery-related skills and knowledge in collaboration withchosen program mentors.Some proficiency in conversational French is strongly preferred.Interested applicants should submit a global health/global mental health, and a

Sincerely,

Giuseppe Raviola, MD

Fellowship Director

Director, Mental Health, Partners In Health

Director, Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change, Department of Global Health and

Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

graviola@pih.org

Sara Stulac, MD

Director of Clinical Services

Partners In Health, Rwanda

sstulac@pih.org

Peter Drobac, MD

Country Director

Partners In Health, Rwanda

pdrobac@pih.org

For more information about:

Dr. Mario Pagenel:

February 15, 2011

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are writing to inform you of a unique and new opportunity for excellent psychiatrists or graduating senior psychiatric residents who might be interested in the Delivery Fellowship 

 

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