Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in RwandaWestern University


Below is some information about the institutional members of the MNCHR group.  Without a dedicated team of partners and the cooperation, financial and in-kind support of an international consortium of institutions the MNCHR project would be impossible. Individual team members come not only from the institutions identified below but also from the Univerity of British Columbia and York University in Canada.

Our special thanks to those in the Ministries of Health and Education of the Government of Rwanda whose patience and support at every stage of planning proved immeasurably beneficial in bringing this mission to fruition.

Funding for this project was provided with a grant from CIDA, The Canadian International Development Agency

Kigali Health Institute


KHI, a partner of Western University for many years, was established in 1996 to train and improve the capacity of health-care workers in Rwanda.  The institute has graduated over 3000 students ranging from nurses, dentists, laboratory technicians, radiologists, anesthesia technicians, psychiatric nurses, physiotherapists, midwives, ophthalmic clinical officers and environmental health professionals.

the Institute has made significant achievement in upgrading the advanced diploma level to a full bachelor's degree in dental therapy, physiotherapy, general nursing, biomedical laboratory sciences, medical imaging sciences and environmental health sciences

A post-graduate professional certificate in counselling has also been introduced, in partnership with The Regional Aids Training Network (RATN).  The Institute has also developed master's programs in critical care and trauma nursing as well as in health informatics.

Apart from training, most of these programs have research, consultancy services and ourtreach activities that fall within KHI's mandate to respond to the health-care challenges facing Rwanda

KHI plans to turn these challenges into opportunities by increasing the capacity of the faculty through further training and research mentorship, introducing new programs as well as short courses to support continued professional development by health-care practitioners across Rwanda.

National University of Rwanda


National University of Rwanda was founded in 1963 as the first Rwandan institution of higher learning.  Since that time, it's mission has been to provide higher education, conduct research and offer services to the greater community of Rwanda.  NUR is located in Southern Province and has three campuses, in Butare, Kigali, and Rusizi.

Over 21,000 students have graduated since it opened.  This includes 5000 graduate students since 2005 when post-graduate degrees began to be offered.  The university encompasses seven Faculties, two Schools and four Research Centres that are currently home to a student population of 11,245 individuals.

Going forward, NUR is planning to enhance in-house training at Master's and PHD levels.  By 2020 there is a plan to enroll 4,300 students in Master's programs with an additional 1,800 to be enrolled as PhD candidates or Post-doctoral fellows.  NUR is putting an emphasis on Science and Technology disciplines such as Agricultural Science, Land and Environment Science, and Health Science.

Western University

Western University

Founded on March 7, 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth (1817–1901) of the Anglican Diocese of Huron, ‘The Western University of London Ontario’ opened its doors to students for the first time in 1881 with four faculties – Arts, Divinity, Law and Medicine. Since the first graduation in 1883, the university has become a vibrant centre of learning.  Through twelve faculties and three affiliated university colleges Western today offers its 36,000 plus students more thann 400 specializations, majors and minors.