GAERG Vice President

Prof. Laetitia NYIRAZINYOYE is the elected Vice-President of the GAERG-AHEZA Community on Sunday the 31st of July, 2022.

Prof. Laetitia Nyirazinyoye is a Full Professor in Public Health at the University of Rwanda, in the Community Health Department of the School of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. She was born and raised in Gikondo, Kicukiro District, Kigali City.

She survived the Genocide against the Tutsi at Rwamagana in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Eastern Province of Rwanda where she was trained and from which she graduated in 1996 with Distinction (Infirmière accoucheuse, A2).

Prof. Laetitia joined GAERG since its creation and she is member and commissioner of Memory and documentation of the GAERG – ISHEJA Family. From 1996 to 1997, Laetitia was elected secretary of the first Executive Committee of College Representatives of the Genocide Survivors Students Association (AERG) at the national University of Rwanda.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health in 2002 at the National University of Rwanda and joined academic staff of the University the same year. In 2007 after receiving her Masters of Science in International Development and Technology Transfer. Laetitia was awarded her PhD in 2011, in International Health and Development with concentration in community health programs at Tulane University. She has an expertise of twenty years in teaching and conducting policy and program evaluations using qualitative and mixed research methods.

The focus of her studies is Maternal Child and adolescent health especially the relationship between mental health and human development in a divided society, including the protection of children, adolescents, and women against both exposures to, and consequences of trauma from genocide, violence, and HIV/AIDS. Prof. Laetitia’s major scientific achievements comprise development research capacity and evaluation of health and development policies, programs and interventions in Rwanda and in other countries.

She has served as member of the Board of Governors of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, as member of the Board of Directors of the Rwanda Biomedical Center and she has been member of the Executive Committee of the National Ethics Committee since 2013.She is also member of the Board of Directors of the Jesuit Urumuri Center for Research and Social Action.

Laetitia is Christian and married with four children. She is member of the Brotherhood of the New Evangelization for the Revival of the Faith and Inner Trauma Healing in Rwanda (Fraternité), and an active member of the Connect Up Team, a Christian non-profit ministry focused on helping people connect with God through personal healing prayer. She likes reading, travelling, and caring for her family and friends.