The Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda: A Response to Recent Commentaries

Document Type: Correspondence

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1 Center for Global Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2 Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

3 Office of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, Kigali, Rwanda

4 Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

5 Department of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA

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We are grateful that our article on the first five years of the Human Resources for Health Program (HRH Program) in Rwanda was followed by two very thoughtful and insightful commentaries.1,2 ... (Read more...)

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