Howard University Joins Consortium That Will Train Nursing Students and Faculty in Rwanda

The College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Howard University has joined a group of five other nursing schools in the United States that will provide training and other assistance to nursing students and faculty in the African nation of Rwanda.

Over the next seven years, health professionals from the six universities will provide classroom and clinical training, mentoring, and research opportunities for students and faculty at Rwandan nursing schools. The majority of the people traveling to Rwanda to participate in the program will be high-level administrators or faculty. Each of the six U.S. nursing schools is committed to provide a particular number of professionals to take part in the effort. Howard’s partners in the program are the nursing schools at the University of Maryland, the University of Texas, New York University, Duke University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mary H. Hill, dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Howard, recently traveled to Rwanda to help plan the training program. Dr. Hill is a graduate of Tuskegee University. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a doctor of science degree in nursing from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

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  1. I am an African from the western region but I sincerely extend my congratulations to Howard University, the staff and faculty for the bold steps taken to serve humanity particularly the knowledge transfer to Rwanda and her people.
    A very special thank you to Dr. Hill and her College of Nursing for going against all odds and perhaps unseen challenges in making a nursing program possible in Rwanda. This will be beneficial to the people of Rwanda and indeed a gift for generations to cherish.

    Dr. Offiong
    Webster University

  2. As a proud graduate of Tuskegee Institute (now University), I am delighted that Dr. Hill has taken on this worthwhile challenge. May God bless her and the other nurse administrators and educators who will contribute in this initiative.
    Ethel H. Russaw
    TU- Class of 1964

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