Murakaza neza – Welcome to Rwanda!

The Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) and GEI invite you to COINN’s first-ever Africa conference under the theme New Frontiers for African Neonatal Care. Professionals and students in nursing, midwifery, neonatology, pediatrics, public health and related fields meet in the beautiful Rwandan capital Kigali for two days of knowledge and experience sharing (Oct 5-6, 2018). The conference is co-organized with the Rwanda Association of Neonatal Nurses (RANN) and the University of Rwanda.
Pre-conference opportunities:

  • S.T.A.B.L.E. Learner Course
  • Helping Babies Breathe® (HBB) Master Trainer Course
  • Akagera National Park safari
  • Mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park
    For detailed information, you can download the Conference Overview here.
    We also invite participants to submit an abstract for a poster or podium presentation. For guidelines, please see the Call for Abstracts here.

    What’s Included?

    The fees for the comprehensive international conference package (Oct 3-7) cover the following:

  • Conference registration
  • Accommodation at Hotel Chez Lando (4 nights with breakfast and free WIFI)
  • Meals (3 lunches + 3 dinners, each with 1 non-alcoholic drink)
  • Dinner entertainment (traditional dance troupe)
  • All in-country transportation (including airport transfers)
  • Activity and entrance fees
  • Coordination, guiding and 24/7 emergency support

    What’s Not?

    Not included are the international transport (flights, airport taxes etc), visas, travel and medical insurance, meals other than stated, extra beverages and alcoholic drinks at the restaurants, personal expenses and other extras.

  • The Conference

    Under the general theme New Frontiers for African Neonatal Care, the conference will explore challenges and opportunities in caring for neonates locally and globally.

    Among the keynote speakers are some of the most renowned personalities in neonatal nursing today. They include Dr. Carole Kenner (COINN President & CEO), Dr. Karen Walker (COINN Vice President and President of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses), Dr. Karen New (COINN Past President and Past Professional Officer of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses), Dr. Sue Prullage (COINN Secretary) and André Ndayambaye (RANN President and COINN Board Member).

    The Destination

    Imagine an African nation where you can feel safe and secure walking the streets of its modern green capital, where zero tolerance for corruption really means zero tolerance, a country which the World Bank applauds as one of the world’s top business reformers, with the most gender-equal parliament in the world, increasingly globally admired for its achievements in healthcare and education, with a national fiber-optic broadband backbone that many far more developed countries dream of, all just a stone’s throw away from world-class tourism activities like the tracking of endangered mountain gorillas…

    Welcome to Rwanda, possibly the greatest development success story in the world today.

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