Event Date/Time: Jan 02, 2006 End Date/Time: Jan 06, 2006
Registration Date: Oct 30, 2005
Early Registration Date: Aug 01, 2005
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1. GENERAL INFORMATION

Organization name: Rwanda Quality of Life Centre (RWQOL)
Address: Kigali City, Rwanda
P O Box 6471
Phone: +250 08 57 00 08, +250 08 50 23 41, +250 08 40 64 40
Email: alexqol@yahoo.co.uk

Contact person: Alex Hakuzimana, President
Kigali City, Rwanda
P O Box 6471
Phone: +250 08 57 00 08
Emails:alexhak75@yahoo.co.uk or alexhak2000@yahoo.co.uk or
claulex20@yahoo.co.uk

Title: Introduction to quality of life issues.
Date: January 2-6, 2006.
Location: Hotel des Mille Collines, Kigali City, Rwanda
Amount requested:
Total number of participants: 55

2.FOREWORD
Routine clinical assessment of health-related quality of life in persons with chronic infections has the potential to improve care by assessing and monitoring treatment effects, enhancing communication between patient and provider, and tracking changes in functional status over time. Quality of life has become a major component in clinical decision, it has enabled researchers and policy makers to see the trends in the well-being of populations beyond the disease level, to evaluate the far ranging effects of health and social policies, and to determine how to allocate resources.
Quality of life of a population is an indicator of its development in absence of disease and of its impact of health conditions. Education, employment, energy, environment, human rights, income, infrastructure, public safety, national security, recreation and shelter are the most, if not all, indicators of quality of life. With regard to literature review, it is obvious that the concept of health-related quality of life and of quality of life has been well documented in developed world. So this should be enhanced in resource-limited countries. Rwanda, with its population of more than 8 millions, an African country, situated in the Great Lakes region, should be an ideal site to enhance research and promotion of quality of life.
The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants from Rwanda and from region to quality of life issues, its applicability, cultural adaptation, measuring quality of life, quality of life instruments, research trends and some elementary data on analysis in quality of life research. Participants are expected to get basic knowledge of the quality of life and its role in promoting development of a nation.
We hope, given the geographical situation of Rwanda, the workshop will be a multinational and multicultural meeting for cultural exchange to be explored in the forthcoming days, which will be a foundation to build on our next projects of promoting quality of life.
PRELIMINARY PROGRAM:

Monday, January 2, 2006

08h00-10h00 - Registration of participants
- Presenting the Rwanda QOL Centre
- Opening word
10h00-10h30: Morning tea
10h30-12h30: Quality of life, health status, health-related quality of life, needs-based quality of
life: introduction and overview.
12h30-14h00: Lunch
14h00-16h00: Population health, health promotion, quality of life research and promoting
population health.
16h00-16h30: Afternoon tea
16h30-18h00: Presenting sponsors/Funders
Welcome reception.



Tuesday, January 3, 2006:

08h00-08h30: Registration
08h30-10h00: Quality of life indicators and development of the society.
10h00-10h30: Morning tea
10h30-12h30: Introduction to health state preference/ utility assessment
12h30-14h00: Lunch
14h00-18h00: Discussion

Wednesday, January 4, 2006:

08h00-08h30: Registration
08h30-10h00: Measuring quality of life: principles, types of instruments
10h00-10h30: Morning tea
10h30-12h30: Uses of quality of life instruments.
12h30-14h00: Lunch
14h00-16h00: -Translation and validation of quality of life instruments: cultural adaptation,
psychometrics.
-Choosing a quality of life instrument
16h00-16h30: Afternoon tea
16h30-18h00: Quality of life research: background, problems, standards, perspectives.

Thursday, January 5, 2006:

08h00-08h30: Registration
08h30-12h00: Children and Youth
12h00-14h00: Lunch
14h00-16h00: Can we believe patients? Interpreting HRQOL data.
16h00-16h30: Afternoon tea
16h30-18h00: Discussion

Friday, January 6, 2006:

08h00-08h30: Registration
08h00-10h00: Issues and opportunities in QOL research.
10h00-10h30: Morning tea.
10h30-11h30: QOL research: mobilizing community action and policy change.
11h30-12h30: QOL research: impact of QOL research on policy makers.
12h30-14h00: Lunch
14h00-17h00: What research perspectives in Rwanda, the region, in developing
world?
17h00-21h00: Cocktail reception & social dinner and closing ceremony.

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