Dr KATARE Swaibu

Dr KATARE Swaibu, Head of Biomedical Services Department (National Reference Laboratory Division, Blood Transfusion Division and Medical Technology Division) has worked for RBC since its creation in 2011. He holds vast experience in high-level health programs/systems design and management, strategic and operational planning.


Dr KATARE holds a Masters of Science (MSc-TM) in Immuno-Hemato-Transfusion Medicine from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium (Université Catholique de Louvain-Belgium) and Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from the National University of Rwanda.
His professional career started in 2010 as a Physician in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Rwanda Military Hospital in Kigali-Rwanda, before serving as the Medical Administrator for Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC).


In 2011, he joined the Rwanda National Blood Services as a Medical Director of a Regional Blood Bank that serves the Northern Province (Ruhengeri) before pursuing further studies in Belgium.
From 5th February 2014 to 14th December 2020, he served as Head of the Rwanda National Blood Services, where he steered Rwanda’s efforts towards improving Blood Safety, increasing Blood availability and Hospital Satisfaction. He has played pivotal roles in the development of Rwanda’s National Guidelines & Policies on Blood Transfusion, conducted several trainings on best transfusion practices and Hemovigilance to Rwanda’s Health Care providers.


Dr KATARE has also served as the AfSBT (Africa Society for Blood Transfusion) Education Manager in charge of Anglophone countries since September 1st 2015. With this responsibility, Dr KATARE has served as a catalyst for many countries on the African continent, Asia and the Caribbean, in their efforts to scale up Blood Transfusion safety.


He serves Board Member for Nyagatare District Hospital, Board of Directors.
And assumes membership in different scientific associations including the African Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) and the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT).