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CARAES Ndera Neuropsychiatric Hospital

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CARAES Ndera Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Rwanda Ministry of Health
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LocationKigali,  Rwanda
Care systemPublic
Hospital typeReferral
Other linksList of hospitals in Rwanda

CARAES Ndera Neuropsychiatric Hospital, commonly known as CARAES Ndera is a government of Rwanda.[1]-owned referral hospital for neuro-psychiatric diseases. The hospital has two subsidiaries, one in Huye District known as CARAES Butare Psychiatric Centre, and Icyizere Psychotherapeutic Center based in Kicukiro District.


The hospital is located in Ndera Sector, Gasabo District in the southeastern region of Kigali City, about two kilometers from Kigali-Kayonza highway. The coordinates of the hospital are 1°57'14.8"S 30°10'09.0"E.


CARAES Ndera Neuropsychiatric Hospital is a national hospital operated on a for-profit model. The hospital is co-run by the Brothers of Charity, a Catholic community which founded the hospital in 1968 at the request of the government of Rwanda and the Catholic Church. The hospital was named ‘Caraes’ which means ‘loving care of the sick’.


CARAES Ndera is the first psychiatric hospital in Rwanda. It was established in 1968 by a consortium of the Rwandan government, the Belgian government which had colonized the country until 1962, the Brothers of Charity, and the Catholic Church of Rwanda.

The hospital received its first patients in 1974. It was of group of prisoners who were just freed. At the time, the hospital had a capacity of 40 beds. Shortly in 1978, the psychiatric branch was opened in Butare.

In 1994, like the rest of Rwanda, CARAES Ndera witnessed the Genocide against the Tutsi[2]. During the genocide, the hospital was guarded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR).[3] On April 17, 1994, UNAMIR troops deserted the premises with white employees and the Interahamwe broke in to kill approximately 20,000 victims including patients and neighbors who had sought refuge there[4]

The hospital re-opened in August 1994 but it was fully restored to its pre-genocide capacity in 2000. As of 2008 when it opened another branch in Kicukiro to treat post-traumatic problems, the hospital had capacity to treat about 2,500 patients monthly. In 2009, the hospital inaugurated the first neurological clinic in Rwanda.


CARAES Ndera is an affiliated institute under the Ministry of Health[5]. Annual average of received patients is estimated around 60,000. The top three mental illnesses treated are psychosis, epilepsy and bipolar disorder.[6]

See also[edit]

  • List of hospitals in Rwanda
  • Health in Rwanda


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  2. "Welcome_to_Genocide_Archive_Rwanda". Genocide Archive Rwanda. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  3. Eric, Niyonkuru. "Kwibuka24: Umwihariko wa Jenoside yakorewe Abatutsi mu bitaro bya Caraes i Ndera - Inyarwanda.com". inyarwanda.com. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  4. Amani, Claude (April 13, 2018). "Amwe mu mateka ya Ndera mu gihe cya Jenoside". Imvaho Nshya. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Affiliated Institutes". Ministry of Health. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Mushimiyimana, Diane (October 22, 2018). "Communities urged to end stigma against victims of mental illnesses". The New Times. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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