National Reference Laboratory Information System to get face-lift with improved service utilization

31 March - 04 April 2014: Senior managers and Laboratory specialists of the National Reference Lab...

NRL: a learning space

Forty two (42) students from INES-RUHENGERI (Institut d’Enseignement Supérieur de Ruhengeri) from ...

Rwanda: the progress towards achieving the EAPHLN project development objectives is significant

 The World Bank Mid-Term Review (MTR) mission of the East Africa Public Health Laboratory Networki...

NRL set to have a new structure

21 February 2014: National Reference Laboratory (NRL) set to have a new structure.This was disclos...

  • National Reference Laboratory Information System to get face-lift with improved service utilization

    Tuesday, 08 April 2014 05:44
  • NRL: a learning space

    Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:17
  • Rwanda: the progress towards achieving the EAPHLN project development objectives is significant

    Wednesday, 19 March 2014 06:47
  • NRL set to have a new structure

    Wednesday, 26 February 2014 06:35

Country Profile

Rwanda is a landlocked country situated in central Africa. Also known as ’the land of a thousand hills’, Rwanda has five volcanoes, twenty-three lakes and numerous rivers, some forming the source of the River Nile. The country lies 75 miles south of the equator in the Tropic of Capricorn, 880 miles ’as the crow flies’ west of the Indian Ocean and 1,250 miles east of the Atlantic Ocean - literally in the heart of Africa. Rwanda is bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and the democratic republic of Congo to the west.Anyone visiting ’the land of a thousand hills’ is in for a multitude of surprises. The loveliness and variety of the landscapes in this ’green country’ is dominated to the north by volcanoes and bordered by Lake Kivu to the west. In Rwanda the great animals of the wild are protected from poachers and roam free in the vast national parks. The Volcanoes National park in the Virunga volcanic mountains with its high altitude forests, are world famous for mountain gorillas - timid and passive family oriented giants - which is teeming with wildlife both large and small, while Lake Kivu to the west offers beautiful beaches, jutting peninsulas and an archipelago of islands. Basic FactsLand Area: 26,338 square Kilometers. Population: Approx. 12 million (new census to be carried out in August 2012) Rainfall: Rainy seasons: March - May and October - November(Average of 110-200 mm. per month). Average Temperature: 24.6 - 27.6ºc. Hottest months: August, September .Altitude: Ranges from 1000-4500m above sea level. Main water bodies: Lake Kivu, Lake Muhazi, Lake Ihema, Lake Bulera, Lake Ruhondo, Lake Mugesera. Vegetation: ranges from dense equatorial forest in the north-west of the country to tropical savannah in the east. Main National Parks/Animal Reserves: Akagera and Virunga Volcanoes National Parks.Highest point: Karisimbi volcano (4,507m)Borders: Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south and Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.