Rwanda & Rhineland-Palatinate Strengthen Health Cooperation

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On 11 January 2013 saa 06:25
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The Ministry of Health through Rwanda’s embassy in Germany has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health of the Government of Rhineland-Palatinate aimed at improving medical training and higher education of Rwandan doctors and specialists.

This funding will last for five years.

The signing function was attended by Rwanda’s Ambassador to Germany, Christine Nkulikiyinka, the Minister of Health of the Government of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, the Minister of Science and Education, Doris Ahnen as well as the member of board and medical director of the University Medical Center Mainz, Prof. Norbert Pfeiffer.

Other participants were the President of the Partnership Association and representatives of the Ministry of Interior.

Doctors as well as medical students also participated in the event.

Ambassador Nkulikiyinka stressed the importance of cooperation in the health sector.

“Increasing capacity building of Rwandan doctors through medical training is our priority,”she said.

Malu Dreyer and Prof. Pfeiffer commended the achievements of Rwanda in general and the health sector in particular.

During a visit in Rwanda in October 2011 they met with Rwanda’s Minister of Health. They were impressed with health projects in Rwanda, especially the national medical insurance.

According to the MoU, cooperation will consist of institutional exchanges from faculty and staff from medical institutions in Rhineland-Palatine to Rwanda.

Under this arrangement, German doctors and specialists are expected to provide training in Rwandan institutions of higher education.

Higher education institutions will exchange information regarding student development, strengthen bilateral exchanges and set up common research projects.