Health and Human Rights in Africa: Mental Health and Gender Politics in Post-Genocide Rwanda (Oct 18)

In this lunchtime talk, Dr. Naasson Munyandamutsa and Ms. Donatilla Mukumana will discuss their work in human rights advocacy in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide. Dr. Munyandamutsa will discuss the current status of mental health in Rwanda, while Ms. Mukumana will address the impact of rape during the genocide in Rwanda.

When: Friday, October 18, 2013; 12:00–1:30pm.

Where: Biological Sciences Learning Center, Room 001 (Basement); 954 E. 57th Street (Pritzker School of Medicine)

About the speaker: Naasson Munyandamutsa, MD, PhD is a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National University of Rwanda, where he maintains a clinical practice. As the Deputy Director of the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace, Dr. Munyandamutsa works for the promotion of dialogue as a mechanism for conflict management in war-torn countries. A frequent presenter at international conferences, Dr. Munyandamutsa addresses the psychological consequences of extreme violence and the challenges of reconciliation in war torn societies. He collaborated with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to advocate for the psychological treatment for victims and witnesses. In 2011, he received the Geneva Prize Foundation for Human Rights in Psychiatry Award. Most recently, in 2013, Dr. Munyandamutsa is the recipient of the Hopi Foundation's Barbara Chester Award that honors health providers who work with torture survivors.

Free and Open to the Public. Light lunch will be provided. RSVPs encouraged, but not required: ykleinman@uchicago.edu

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