HUG project leader Prof. Jean-Michel Aubry, Dr. Ariel Eytan, Mr. André Laubscher
Department, division
Country partner Rwanda
Project partner abroad Dr. Naasson Munyandamutsa
Department, division
Institution National University of Rwanda
Starting date 1996
Ending date
Between 1996 and 2000, at the request of the Government of Rwanda, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DDC) assisted and financed a project aimed at developing mental health care services in Rwanda. The project was entrusted to the Faculty of Medicine and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG).Humanitarian funds provided by the HUG financed then the project until 2010, with additional funds provided by the DDC to cover psychiatric internships at the HUG. Exchanges continued in the form of numerous training missions to Rwanda by staff of the HUG Department of Psychiatry, and internships in Geneva by Rwandese medical and paramedical staff.

From the outset, the project also included the creation of a decentralized network of outpatient mental health care services, in accordance with Rwandan national policy for mental health.

The establishment in 2014 of post-graduate specialised training in psychiatry in Rwanda will in future allow interns to obtain the title of specialist after only one year’s study abroad.

An agreement covering cooperation between the National University of Rwanda, the University of Geneva and the University Hospital of Geneva (HUG) was signed in 2001.

Dr. François Ferrero
Prof. hon.