Master’s in Hospital and Health Care Administration students have created significant change in Rwanda. Student led capstone projects have enhanced the quality of maternal and newborn care, reduced infection rates and cut back on the length of stay.
Despite considerable advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, infection rates have remained stagnant for the past decade. Researchers at GHLI examined links between spending on social services and public health and AIDS deaths in the US.
Evidence on how to reduce avoidable readmissions is mixed, with no specific clinical practice shown to reduce readmissions consistently. GHLI research shows how changes to hospital organizational practices may also influence avoidable readmissions.
An estimated 1.4 million people suffer from health-care-associated infections due to poor hand hygiene. To decrease these infections, district hospitals in Rwanda began producing their own hand sanitizer and saw great results.
GHLI expands its work with Project Last Mile, where the team continues project evaluation but will also focus on how the work is executed and outcomes related to improving health systems across Africa.