Are you passionate about global mental health and would like to gain new insight through a unique African perspective? Have you read about the Rwandan genocide and would like to learn more about the country’s history as well as its unique success with reconciliation and nation building?

The 2019 theme of our annual Global Mental Health Conference & Summer School is “The Generation After: Living with the consequences of the 1994 genocide”. Participants have the opportunity to hear from Rwandan and international scholars, and to exchange their knowledge with a multicultural group of participants from Rwanda and abroad.

Co-hosted by the Center for Mental Health (CMH) at the University of Rwanda and GEI, this week-long program is available to students and professionals in the various mental health disciplines and related subjects. Continuing Professional Development credits are available.

While we are working on the full agenda, a comprehensive concept note is available here: Download.

  • Share your knowledge and gain new insight through a unique African perspective on mental health in developing countries.
  • Learn about the unique Rwandan success story.
  • Study together with a multicultural group from Rwanda and abroad.
  • Create once-in-a-lifetime memories and build lasting friendships.
  • Stay on to spend the summer in Rwanda by also enrolling in an internship / volunteer placement in a Rwandan mental health organization.


What’s Included?

Prices include conference registration, arrival day airport meet and greet, hotel accommodation, transportation for program activities, meals during program activities, on-site orientation, program-related activity and entrance fees, and full-time on-site coordination and support.

What Isn’t?

Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, some of the meals, items and services of a personal nature, and other discretionary expenses.

CPD Credits

28 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits are available from the Rwanda Medical & Dental Council.

Program Location

Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, is one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. With a population of just over a million, it is refreshingly easy to navigate. Spanning several hills and valleys, the suburbs feature winding boulevards, bustling streets and flowering trees.

The city’s rebirth after its destruction in 1994 has been rather spectacular. A number of ambitious building projects have emerged, and there are various good places to eat, well-presented sites of historical and cultural importance, and a general liveliness on the busy and colorful streets. Many visitors agree that Kigali is one of the best places to start an African immersion experience.

The conference and summer school is hosted at the campus of the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences in Remera.

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