Development of a simulation and skills centre in East Africa: a Rwandan-Canadian partnership

  • Patricia Livingston
  • Jonathan Bailey
  • Georges Ntakiyiruta
  • Christian Mukwesi
  • Sara Whynot
  • Peter Brindley
Keywords: Simulation, Medical Education, Rwanda, Low-Income Country


Simulation replicates clinical experiences without patient risk; it remains uncommon in lower-income  countries. We outline the creation of Rwanda's first centre for simulation and skills training. We secured  funding for renovations, equipment and staff; curricula were developed, tested, and refined; local clinicians were trained to teach. In 13 months the centre provided 2,377 learning-encounters and 822 hours of training to Rwandan health care professionals. Our strategy represents an adaptable model for simulation and skills centre development in low-resources settings

Key words: Simulation, Medical Education, Rwanda, Low-Income Country


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