Sunday, May 15, 2016

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The UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA SURGICAL STUDENTS' SOCIETY Through the directory of surgical skills, education and research, is pleased to announce that it is preparing a surgical workshop (Infections control and surgical materials demonstration) which is schedulled on this saturday 21st may 2016 from 13hoo-16h30, and  will take place in the southern province(UR HUYE CAMPUS(AUDI MEDICINE). 
This came up after realizing that  medical students in lower classes  who are starting clinical practices especial those who are in DOC I and PCL2 are lacking knowledge about infection controls, because they are new in clinical practice. They have low experiences of some infection controls technique like: hand washing, wearing gowns and gloves in sterile manner. On this issues if nothing done will result in increase of surgical sites infections or other transmission of infections in hospitals .

Other issue is that students attend and assist surgical procedures  but some of them don’t know names of some materials used in surgical procedures.

We think this workshop will help as we will be with 4 surgeons from Butare university teaching hospital(CHUB), including senior consultants and senior residents in surgery. Where they will tell us more about:

1. Infections controls in surgical procedure

  •   Basic skills in infection control
  •   Scrubbing techniques
  •   Gowning techniques
  •   Gloving technique (sterile gloves)
 2.  Surgical materials skills workshop 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

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University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society Career’s Event 15th November 2014

UR-SSS is pleased to report that this last week’s first “University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society Career’s Event” at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nyarugenge Campus was a success.

The event saw over 45 medical students and they learned a lot about much-needed assessment and initial care of burn patients presented by Dr. Robert Riviello who is part of the division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care as an Associate Surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After that, students were also honored to have a motivational talk by Dr. Ntirenganya Faustin who is a Breast, Onco-plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon working as a lecturer at the Kigali University Teaching Hospital to get them inspired and reach for their dreams of becoming future pioneers of Rwandan surgery.

We began by introducing our guests who were Dr. Robert Riviello and Dr. Ntirenganya Faustin to students who attended the event. After on, The University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society abbreviated UR-SSS represented by its Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson: Nyembo Philippe Fernand and Uwisanze Hubert both 5th year medical students and founders of the society gave to the audience an overview of the society. The vice-chairperson started by briefly explaining that UR-SSS is a student-driven academic organization from the University of Rwanda and that it was established to promote interest in the field of surgery among medical students at the University of Rwanda. The audience was explained that through activities and events of the society, members are provided with opportunities, skills, and encouragement to facilitate their future surgical careers. He continued with explaining who is eligible to participate in the society and that the society is open to medical students enrolled at the University of Rwanda. The aim of the society is to provide members with activities and experiences that will enhance their development and interest in all aspects of surgery, medical research, and leadership.

After that, Nyembo Philippe Fernand who is the Chairperson of the society took the second portion of the presentation and presented to the audience an overview of the activities and events of the society. He began by talking about the foundation skills in surgery which will help the students to acquire the basic surgical skills. He explained that the society will offer practical surgical skill courses for its members. These courses will be offered in partnership with the department of surgery both at the teaching hospitals in Kigali and Huye. The practical surgical skills will be designed as an addition to the standard surgical skills week courses offered to all the 6th year level medical students rotating in surgery every year. The surgical skills courses will be divided into two main streams; basic (theatre etiquette, suturing skills) and advanced (lymph node dissection, vessel ligation, bowel anastomosis) and will be tutored by members of the department of surgery at CHUB and CHUK. Additions to that will include the establishment of a program to further promote research by members and this will be done in collaboration with the research center department. After that, he explained that the society will also work by hosting a series of extracurricular lectures that will be presented throughout the academic year by local as well as visiting surgical personalities. To finish, he also explained that UR-SSS will bond with other student’s societies worldwide at many different levels and he told students that the potential is tremendous and that we have much to gain such as learning about each other’s experiences, exchange, education, conferencing, and research.

After the small overview of UR-SSS by both the Chairperson and Vice-Person, Dr. Robert Riviello was invited to the stage to deliver his talk on assessment and initial care of burn patients to students. He began by explaining that a burn patient is a trauma patient. He continued his presentation with some of the most important resuscitation and monitoring issues and approaches that are unique to burn patients. He also recalled the classification of burns associated with injuries and attempts to management of a burn patient available both locally and internationally.

After a 10 minutes of biscuit break in which medical students shared with surgeons a cup of juice and biscuits a motivational talk by Dr. Ntirenganya Faustin was given to students. He started by giving a presentation about “Why choose a career in surgery?” He revealed to the audience what the literature says about the factors that influence the choice of many students into surgery. A question was addressed to the audience by Dr. Ntirenganya Faustin: “If you were to go to an inhabited island which doctor will you choose to go with? This question raised a series of discussions and exchange of ideas but the majority affirmed that they would rather go with a surgeon because according to them surgery is the most complete specialty. The event ended with a birthday song for Dr. Robert Riviello who turned 41 the same day.

The UR-SSS hopes to be able to conduct more events of this kind as medical students who attended the event were very happy with the presentations and the exceptional contact with both surgeons. They believe that if these kinds of events keep happening there will be more medical students interested in the field of surgery.

We are hugely grateful to Dr. Robert Riviello and Dr. Ntirenganya Faustin for their commitment of teaching and assisting medical students as demonstrated by their participation in the 2014 University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society Career’s Event.

Particular thanks must get to UR-SSS members themselves who generously attended the event on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.



The shortage of some health workers that Rwanda has faced in the last decade or so is largely traced to the 1994 genocide against Tutsi. Many health professionals were killed while others fled the country. Consequently, post genocide era has had a critical doctor/patient ratio. The sector considerably depended on volunteer organizations. To respond to these challenges, the ministry vowed to transform Rwanda’s health sector through their main goal which is to provide and continually improve the health services of the Rwandans through the provision of preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare. This goal has been in line with the streamlined strategies set by the government in order to reduce poverty and to enhance the well being of the population incorporated in vision 2020 and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper.
It was against this background that government sought to transform the health sector through developing human resources professionals in the field of health and strengthening national referral hospitals, treatment and research centers led to the birth of Kigali Health Institute on June 5, 1996.
KHI Progress
In its early foundation, the Institute had three departments which are general nursing, anesthesia and physiotherapy with a total enrollment of 98 students. By then, the institute was offering advanced diplomas only. Gradually, with the support of the government of Unity and different donor institutions, new programs were introduced and the number of departments increased to ten. Also, some of the programs namely Nursing Sciences, Physiotherapy, Biomedical laboratory sciences, Anesthesia, Dental therapy and Environmental health sciences were upgraded to the Bachelor’s Degree.
As a response to the government’s call to revolutionize the service sector, KHI has embarked on various strategies that will see service delivery taken to another level. The graduates of the institute are a living testimony to their efforts to transform the health sector
Sixteen years after its establishment, Kigali Health Institute has made impressive strides in training efficient health professional for Rwanda. So far the institute has graduated over 3000 students ranging from nurses, dentists, laboratory technicians, radiologists, anesthetist technician, psychiatric nurses, physiotherapists, midwives, Ophthalmic clinical officers and environmental health professionals.
The Institute has made significant achievement in upgrading the advanced diploma level to full bachelor’s degree in dental therapy, physiotherapy, general nursing, biomedical laboratory sciences, medical imaging sciences and environmental health sciences. Also introduced, is a post graduate professional certificate in counseling in partnership with The Regional Aids Training Network (RATN) which fights the HIV/AIDS pandemic through creating capacities in different institutions with Kenya Association of Professional Counselors. The institute has also developed a Master’s Program in Critical Care and Trauma Nursing, and recently the Master degree in Health Informatics has been started. Likewise, in order to meet the urgent need for need for primary healthcare particularly in the rural areas a new Bachelor’s degree program in Clinical Medicine and Community Health along with Bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics commenced in the academic year 2011/2012. The Orthopedic technology program has also recently started to cutter for great need for orthotics and prosthetics in Rwanda.
With support of partners, a dental skills laboratory and a dental clinic were established whereby KHI trainees have been able to do practical training using dummies before starting to deal with patients. Other clinics and services created include physiotherapy clinic and the Medical laboratory both of which offer services to the public and training facilities to the students,
Apart from training, most of these programs have research, consultancies services, and outreach activities that fall within the KHI mandate in responding to healthcare challenges Rwanda is facing. Having considered the achievements made, KHI has recently been awarded as the Best healthcare educational institute in Africa 2011” in a ceremony that took place in Mauritius on 14th December 2011 by the World Education Congress & Asian Confederation of Businesses. Specifically, the institute was recognized for its innovation, academic and leadership model as well as the supreme objective of training healthcare professionals at the international standards.
Future Plans
Despite the institute’s achievements, KHI plans to turn its 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 cater for the needs of the practitioners to engage in continuous professional. It is envisage with these endeavors, KHI shall be generate considerable income in order to reduce the budget deficit. Effort are made to attract more development partners to engage in academic human resources development, research and quality assurance of healthcare services.


CHUK, the University teaching hospital of Kigali is located in the Centre of Kigali city in the District of Nyarugenge. It is the main public health institution in the country. It was built in 1918. In 1928, it functioned as a health centre and later, in 1965 as a  hospital.   From April 1994 to 1996, CHUK has served as a health centre, a district hospital and as a referral hospital.
It serves 1,000,000 people from a largely urban area.
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Gyn-Obstetrics
  • Emergency
  • ENT
  • Stomatology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dermatology
  • OPD
  • Ophtalmology
Doctors:42, Nurses:337, midwives: 67, social worker: 11, psychologist: 2, physiotherapist: 9, speech therapist:1, Spiritual adviser:1, administrative :108
The hospital works in partnership with Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) on the THET project.

Saturday, April 30, 2016



The University of Rwanda Surgical Students Society is a student-managed academic organization that promotes interest in the field of surgery by hosting regular events throughout the academic year in collaboration with local as well as expatriate surgical personalities who visit the University of Rwanda referral hospitals and often willing to associate with students through their activities.  It was established in 2014 by two medical students kin on surgery and is now officially a budding society at the University of Rwanda.  Through the activities and events of the society, our members are provided with opportunities, skills and encouragement to facilitate their future surgical careers.  As of November 2014, our members numbered over 60 medical students.


  1. To promote surgical education among undergraduate medical students and stimulate interest in the field of surgery
  2. To promote a culture of medical and surgical research among medical students
  3. To expose medical students to personalities in the field of surgery
  4. To expose medical students to surgical innovations available locally
  5. to make contact and create partnerships with other surgical student's societies worldwide


The UR-SSS aims to increase interest in the field of surgery among undergraduate medical students enrolled at the University of Rwanda.