Experts from different areas of research in the psychiatric initiatives have taken a minute to remember Dr Naason Munyandamutsa who passed on March 1 2016 at King Faisal Hospital, for his commitment towards strengthening psychiatric treatment in Rwanda.
This was during the meeting of 120 psychiatrists from Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, , Central African Republic, South Sudan, Belgium, US, and Germany meeting in Kigali for a two-day deliberations on strengthening psychiatric initiatives.
Dr. Munyandamutsa is known to have rebuilt and supported various psychiatric initiatives in Rwanda, coming to the rescue of Psychiatry-Psychotherapy patients and survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, affected by trauma and carried research on healing wounds among Rwandans.
The Director of Never Again Rwanda, Dr. Butera Jean Bosco has said that Prof Naason Munyandamutsa left a legacy for which he will be remembered and lauded.
“ Dr Naason was an exceptional man among us but the most important is that he was influential man in building peace with a strong heart committed to humanity. We are happy to have learnt a lot from his best practices,” he said.
The deputy director of Interpeace organization working closely with Never Again, Renée Larivière has said that they have operated in Rwanda since 2002 and had a good collaboration with later Dr Naason Munyandamutsa.
“Dr Naason left a great legacy in Rwanda, for every one of us and on our hearts. He was an experienced man, with good time management skills and committed to building peace and kind to everyone,” she said.
Dr Naasson was born in Nyagahinga in Rwamatamu of former Kibuye province on 27th July 1958. He was the eldest son of pastor Musoni and Lea among their six children. He studied Medecine at the University of Rwanda in Butare.
He served as Psychiatrist at Ndera hospital in 1989 before going for advanced studies in mental health in Switzerland from where he returned as a specialized doctor and lecturer at the University of Rwanda in ‘Clinical Psychology. ’
Dr Munyandamutsa also served as deputy director of ILDP and died at a time when he was a director at Never Again Rwanda.