Quebec expertise facilitates Gabon's healthcare reform

Gabon's reform of its healthcare system will be facilitated by the CHUM Hospital and University of Montreal's USI International Health Unit (Unité de santé internationale du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal). The USI and its Gabonese partners will modernise the management of three hospitals and train a new generation of executives to run them. The Gabonese Republic is investing 15 million dollars in this four year project.


The Mouila and Oyem Regional Hospital Centres and the new Centre international universitaire de recherche et de santé at Lambaréné will test several facets of the reform including new clinical and administrative practices targeting greater autonomy and better quality care. This challenge will be supported by the training of 30 Gabonese health services managers by the Department of Health Administration at the university's School of Public Health.

At the occasion of the centenary of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambréné, in July, President Ali Bongo declared* that “Health is at the heart of the ‘Gabon emergent' strategic plan, which, by way of its diligent, structured and on-going implementation, targets the development of our country as a regional hub for health services. We have the opportunity to mobilize international partners. The arrival of new partners, such as Canada's USI, is one eloquent illustration of this.”

A decade of USI fieldwork

The International Health Unit (USI) has been supporting the Oyem Regional Hospital Centre since its opening ten years ago through an ACDI and Gabon co-financed project. Thanks to planning initiatives and the improvement of the quality of services, this hospital has progressively become a national model. This new project will enable the institution to continue the improvement of its services and performance.

Lucien Albert, Director of the USI, is proud of this modernization project, declaring it to be “a confirmation of the trust that Gabonese government has towards the USI, considering the strategic nature of the mandate – boosting hospital reform in this country.” The USI has in fact been contributing to the improvement of the health of populations in developing and emerging countries for many years through the implementation of effective and equitable health policies, programmes and services. Since 1989, the unit has undertaken more than 200 international mandates, mostly in French-speaking African countries.

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*This quote is an unoffiical translation. The original quote is as follows:

« la Santé est au cœur du plan stratégique “ Gabon émergent ”, qui, dans sa mise en œuvre diligente, structurée et permanente, vise à faire de notre pays un hub régional dans l'offre de santé. Nous avons, l'occasion de mobiliser les partenaires internationaux. L'arrivée de nouveaux partenaires, comme l'USI du Canada, en est une éloquente illustration ».

The University of Montreal and the CHUM Hospital are officially known as Université de Montréal and Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, respectively.

About the International Health Unit :

Since its creation in 1989 by Université de Montréal's Faculty of Medcine, the International Health Unit (Unité de Santé Internationale) contributes to the globalisation of initiatives undertaken by the CHUM Hospital and several Université de Montréal faculties. The university's School of Public Health is particularly involved.


Contact :
Maryève Tassot, Responsable des communications
Unité de santé internationale, Faculté de Médecine / Centre de recherche du CHUM
Tel. : 514-890-8000 poste 16340

William Raillant-Clark
International Press Attaché (English and Foreign-language)
Université de Montréal
Cell: 514-566-3813