Rwanda EST

The Rwanda EST Programme was established in November 2014 by COSECSA, the Rwanda Surgical Society (RSS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI).

The 2015 REST Programme takes place in rural hospitals, bringing together GPs (General Practioners), anaesthetic assistants and theatre nurses. There are currently 45 district hospitals and 4 referral hospitals in Rwanda.

REST trainings have been completed by over 20 non-surgeons/General Practioners from 15 district hospitals.

Each training takes place over 3 days per session: Day 1 focuses on theory, patient screening and theatre preparation and pre-workshop evaluation; Days 2 and 3 are dedicated theatre days.

Curriculums are not uniform and vary from training to training. A sample REST curriculum is available below.

REST Programme Coordinator

Mercy Kamukama

Mercy Kamukama completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts with Education at the Kigali College of Education, ICT training at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, and COSECSA training in Tanzania. She previously worked at Wagtech International and at the Rwanda Organization for Community Health Development. She is currently serves as the Coordinator for Rwanda Essential Surgery Training (REST) for the Rwanda Surgical Society and COSECSA.

If you are interested in learning more about or participating in the REST trainings you can contact Mercy at


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