Conference on Public Health in Africa Press Briefing

December 12, 2022

As co-chair of the Conference on Public Health in Africa, together with Africa CDC Director and the Minister of State for the Ministry of Health in Rwanda, we attended a media briefing to discuss the importance of the conference, expectations and the agenda.

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Devex Interview- On the frontier, Rwanda on emerging global health issues

September 21, 2022

I was invited to speak with Devex which is a social enterprise and media platform for the global development community. Devex aims to connect and inform development, health, humanitarian, and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence, funding and career opportunities in international development. In the interview, I discussed the following themes: My work as a Minister of health, my journey afterwards, including the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE). I also spoke about Rwanda and it’s journey and what other countries can learn from, and why UGHE was created in terms of bring global health equity.

Rwanda BroadCasting Agency- UGHE ‘s recognition by UNESCO

February 14, 2022

In the latest UNESCO report on higher education titled ” Knowledge-driven actions: transforming higher education for global sustainability” the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) was recognized for being a model in higher education.

In this regard, as vice-chancellor of UGHE, the Rwandan Broadcasting Agency invited me to speak on this recognition. In the talk I highlighted that despite our university being young, we are transforming the model of education due to different factors such as the fact that our university was purposefully placed in a rural setting to educate young doctors and scientists to work in rural settings and to cater to these isolated and ignored communities.

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The HSS podcast Interview

December 20,2021

I was invited by the HSS podcast to sit for an interview to speak on health care systems in Africa and distribution of health workforce. The HSS Podcast: Let’s Talk about Health in Africa was created by Medicines for Africa. Medicines for Africa is a social enterprise that works on improving access to medicines in Africa using economies of scale.In the interview I spoke on the mission and vision of UGHE, the health achievements of Rwanda such as the universal health coverage, other challenges in the health care system such as budgeting.

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Africa24 Interview

December 13, 2021

I was invited by Africa24 in anticipation for the Conference in Public Health Africa that I co-chair. I discussed on the impact of my institution, the University of Global Health Equity on the health sector in Rwanda and how we aided Rwanda for the COVID-19 response. I also spoke on the strategies Rwanda used to have an advance health system and how it helped us to respond to the pandemic. I spoke about the vaccine manufacturing plant in Rwanda and what it means for Rwanda. Lastly, I discussed the role of media channels in propagating information on Africa and medical research.

Jeune Afrique Interview

December 9, 2021

I was invited by Jeune Afrique in anticipation for the Conference in Public Health Africa that I co-chair. I spoke about the priority areas for building stronger health systems post-pandemic, I spoke about our response as Africans towards the health crisis of COVID-19, I spoke about the role of the private sector and the funds are necessary to fight the pandemic, the management of patients in hospitals and lastly how COVID-19 affected the social protection of many people especially those that are vulnerable.

PMAC interview

December 3, 2021

In anticipation for the upcoming Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC) 2022 on the theme” The World We Want: Actions Towards a Fairer, Sustainable and Healthier Society” I was requested to do an interview to discuss the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the likelihood of achieving SDSs. In the interview, I discussed on the role of SDGs are playing on improving human development where I explained that countries need to adapt them to their context. I also spoke about the impact of COVID-19 on African economies and development such as brain drain. I also spoke on the global vaccination strategy and the lack of HICs to play fair in vaccine distribution and manufacturing.

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TDR – Global Health Matters Podcast

I was invited by TDR to participate to the Global health matters podcast hosted by Garry Aslanyan. TDR is the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases which is a global programme of scientific collaboration that helps facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO). I was asked to discuss, what led me to pursue a career in health, the crossroads I faced during my career and also to give advice to aspiring women in global health. Deeper into the conversation, we touched on deeper topics such as decolonization, on partnerships with the research ecosystem, the role should government play into advancing research for South countries, strategies to implement to realize a research ecosystem that is not infested with white supremacy. Lastly we gave advice on what research institutions should do to drive change.

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CNBC Interview – L’Oreal UNESCO

I was requested to do an interview for the award I received with L’Oreal UNESCO. I discussed the changes that have been made and how the role of women has evolved in scientific fields. I was also asked to share my experience when I started out as a young scientist and challenges I faced. I discussed what the award For Women in Science International Awards meant to me. Lastly, I gave advice to young women interested in pursuing a career in science.

The Advocacy Interview

November 12, 2021

I was invited to sit down for an interview with the advocacy team which is an organisation commissioned by Wellcome  to  conduct research on how their policy and government relations teams are embedding diverse perspectives and equitable practices into policy, partnerships and government relations activities (e.g. commissioning work, developing partnerships, convening and hosting events). In the discussion, I talked about the work we have done with Wellcome as the Executive Advisory Board Member for the Wellcome Trust Global Monitor, I also talked about what global health means in my work and explored the existing power dynamics in the global system. I also talked about equitable practices with Wellcome’s work and what needs to be done by Wellcome to decolonize global health through its policy, partnerships and government relations work.

TV5 Monde Interview -Conference of Public Health in Africa

November 9, 2021

As co-chair of the 1st Conference on Public Health in Africa, I was invited to give an interview in anticipation for the first Conference of Public Health in Africa where I explained expectations for the conference, the lessons we draw from COVID-19, how we will fight against another wave in Africa, the benefits of creating vaccine manufacturing plants in Africa, why there is a lot of efforts being put into fighting COVID-19 instead of malaria or HIV that kill a lot on the African continent and how we will rethink the health systems and integrate training and research as priority for the African Union 2063 African agenda.

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Emerson Collective Interview

October 19, 2021

I was invited for an interview for Emerson Collective to discuss about the bold and transformative UGHE’s work and model. In my discussion, I mentioned that at UGHE we train the next generation of healthcare professionals in providing equitable, quality health services for all and especially for the neglected communities and that we train them to serve in rural areas because they have less access to quality health professionals. I also spoke about the impact of UGHE has had on the students, the community and health education. Lastly, I spoke about what the partnership with Emerson Collective has helped UGHE achieve, which is through networking, by advising, by supporting us to find our ways in this challenging world and by helping us to learn how to communicate.

Africa Health Congress 2021 Interview

October 12,2021

I was invited for an interview by Africa Health Congress to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on women in the lens of Africa. I discussed that women in Africa were impacted in the health workforce, education, employment similarly to elsewhere but they had more impact because African women were facing already many inequities before the pandemic.I gave examples of African initiatives to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on women. I also highlighted what needs to be done to increase girls in STEM which is to provide more scholarships for them, provide more mentorship and more accompaniment. In the interview I also shared what has inspired me to achieve in STEM. Lastly, I gave my insight on how to build partnerships to promote gender equity which is to provide more opportunities for women.

Future Summit 2021 to be hosted by Segal Family Foundation, BMW Foundation

Published by The New Times Rwanda

By Michel Nkurunziza

“The BMW Foundation, the event co-host, promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just, and sustainable future in line with the United Nations Agenda 2030.The 2021 Future Summit, which is free and open to the public, will gather an ecosystem focusing on positive social change across all of Africa with intention to create a space for a vibrant community to spark new ideas and engage in provocative conversations.This inspiring online convening and community-building event is powered by drivers of change across the continent.”

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Prof. Binagwaho, others stress the need for solidarity and respect in the South-South Cooperation

Published by Top Africa News

By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU

“Prof. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health equity together with other experts have said that the South-South cooperation which is based on equality, solidarity and mutual respect can promote the exchange of knowledge and experience that will facilitate the development in lower- and Middle-Income Countries and help African Countries to retain its skilled professionals while at the same time combating the Brain drain Challenge.

They made the remarks on Friday, 24 September 2021 during the #AskProfBinagwaho webinar that focused on “South-South Cooperation in Education to strengthen Development.”

Among other participants at this interactive and attentive Conversation, were Prof. Allotey Pascale, Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health, Malasia, Prof. Abdellatif Zerga, Director of Pan African University and Researcher, Dr. Keith Martin, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities of Global Health, USA, Prof. Anna Mia Ekstrom, a Professor at Karolinska Institute and South Central Hospital, Stockholm and Eugene Sangano, Chair of UGHE Alumni Council and Executive Director of Alliance for Health Communities”

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GBC Health Insights Podcast

September 28, 2021

I was invited by GBC health insights podcast to discuss vaccine access. In the interview, I discussed how Africa managed to coordinate a better COVID-19 response than rich countries because we followed the science and we collaborated together to mitigate the virus spread. I also voiced out that a lot of promises have been made by rich countries but their actions have not been reciprocated and world leaders have shown selfishness. I also spoke of the role of the private sector in responding to the pandemic, the need to increase capacity of vaccine manufacturing in Africa and the need to put the truth out there.

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Toronto Star Interview

September 22,2021

I was invited by Toronto Star to in order of their global vaccine campaign to discuss vaccine access. In the interview I discussed how the COVAX mechanism has failed to achieve the numbers as they have not yet provided to the vaccines as promised and arranged. This is highly due to the fact that many HIC vaccinated their population with a nationalistic mindset and are now facing the risk for vaccine spoiling due to their stock of doses. In addition, big pharma companies have shown a preference towards rich countries in terms of distribution. Therefore, this is a call for LMIC to be more self-reliant, increase their vaccine manufacturing capacity and to continue following the science despite what HIC are doing.

Segal Family Foundation Summit Interview

September 14, 2021

I was invited by the Segal Family foundation for an interview to discuss how to become a compassionate leader, how to approach barriers and challenges in all sectors by being inclusive with the vulnerable. I also discussed my role and journey as a pediatrician to working in the government and to later becoming the Vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. In the interview, I also discussed about current challenges such as vaccine access for LMICs and children’s mental health needs in Africa. Lastly, I talked about the challenges women face as leaders

‘Covid-19 has reminded us … to focus on the vulnerable’: A health lesson from Rwanda

Published by Sunday Times, Reported by Paul Ash

In a conversion with Paul Ash from Sunday Times (South Africa), I discussed on vaccine nationalism consequences with the new variants, on the need to increase Africa’s vaccine manufacturing capacity and how Rwanda successful management during the pandemic was due to the citizens having trust in their government and healthcare system.

“Africa could make vaccines, Asia could make vaccines , if we had more vaccines what happened in India would have not happened”

“Africa begged and got a ‘no’, Asia begged and got a ‘no’, so they are preparing a hard time for humanity and forgot that they will be touched as well. So greed will kill them”

“The world should adapt the Coca-Cola model for making vaccines”

“Rwanda success in containing the coronavirus was helped by the fact that Rwandans had more faith in their government and health care system”

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CNBC Africa Interview on 1st Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA)

August 19,2021

As co-chair of the 1st Conference on Public Health in Africa, I was invited to give a statement interview to give an overview of the expectations for the conference. In my interview, I highlighted, that the conference will be a platform to find solutions for public health issues which will help to shape a new public health order in Africa. I also noted, that Africans should continue working together to address health threats, like they have done in responding to COVID-19 and other outbreaks. The major take-home lesson from the pandemic is that Africa needs to produce its own life saving tools such as vaccines and PPE.

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Disease Film -Indexical Films

August 18, 2021

I was invited to participate in a film documentary project titled “Dis-Ease” produced by Indexical Films. Indexical Films LLC is Mariam Ghani’s umbrella for collaborative productions and they have produced documentaries on different disciplines. Mariam Ghani is an artist, filmmaker, teacher and writer. Her most recent work was on the relationships between art and politics in times of war, censorship and repression, and how the unfinished projects of the past haunt the present. 

This ongoing work on the film was commissioned in 2018 by The Wellcome Trust for four artists in four cities to mark the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic  and to make projects about migration, mobility, virality, and contagion, as part of a larger campaign to raise awareness about pandemic preparedness. 

In my interview, I discussed my experiences in the health sector, the foundation on which my university , the University of Global Health Equity was established. I also talked about what needs to change in the current global health vaccine distribution sphere, how Africa cooperated during the pandemic and Rwanda’s response approach to COVID-19. In addition, I highlighted the importance of trust in the government it the successful HPV vaccine implementation in Rwanda, while community mistrust during the Ebola and HIV outbreaks was the contributing factor of the response failure. I also discussed on the fight to break down structural norms that are not in favor of gender equity and health insurance through universal coverage.

The film documentary is set out to be released in 2023, to learn more about the film follow this link:

Emerson Collective Interview

July 21, 2021

I was invited by Emerson collective to do an interview. Emerson Collective is a non-profit organization with the mission to make an impact on education, immigration reform, environment, media, journalism and health. They use philanthropy, impact investment, community engagement and advocacy as ways to create change in the US and elsewhere in the world.

In my interview, I discussed the current state of COVID in Rwanda, its impact, Rwanda’s response, vaccine equity, how UGHE has adapted to the pandemic, and how to build back more equitable health systems.

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UBS Optimus Foundation

July 19, 2021

I was invited by UBS Optimus Foundation for an interview. UBS Optimus Foundation is a foundation that drives impactful philanthropy while delivering breakthrough solutions towards social and environmental issues. In my interview I discussed on effective health philanthropy, with a focus on strengthening health systems and promoting greater health equity.

Umwe Africa Interview

Published by Umwe Africa, July 6, 2021

In an interview with Umwe Africa, I discuss Rwanda’s success for past vaccination campaigns. It was noted that Rwanda had tremendous success for the HPV vaccine which resulted with 93% coverage. I discussed on the importance of using evidence-based interventions and applying implementation science strategies as the success factor for such campaigns. In addition, I highlighted on how Rwanda has been successful to vaccinate its people against viruses including COVID-19, by accessing the context of the country and accessing the most vulnerable groups.

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Trust after genocide: this African COVID success is a big wake-up call for the West

Published by ABC Radio National, March 28, 2021

Image: STR/AFP

In an interview produced by Natasha Mitchell and Jane Lee, Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana, Director General of Rwanda Biomedical Centre and I discuss Rwanda’s COVID-19 response.

Interview Description: “The world has watched on aghast as one of the world’s richest nations, the USA, has failed to protect its citizens, fuelled farcical coronavirus conspiracies, and politicised the pandemic. In contrast, how did one of the world’s poorer nations become a shining star? Former health minister Dr Agnes Binagwaho led the rebuilding of Rwanda’s health system after its brutal genocide – and has strong words for the West. Dr Sabin Nsanzimana heads up Rwanda’s COVID-19 response. A story of solidarity, science and trust…and why West isn’t best.”

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Credits: Producer and Presenter: Natasha Mitchell, Producer: Jane Lee, Sound Engineer: Kristina Miltiadou

Africa Europe Foundation call for action on vaccines

Published by Africa Europe Foundation, March 11, 2021

As a co-chair of the Health Strategy Group and member of the High Level Group of Personalities of the Africa Europe Foundation, I joined my fellow members to urge governments and pharmaceutical sector to the steps to end this pandemic as quickly as possible:

  1. “Prioritise sharing surplus doses procured by the EU with Africa in parallel with distribution in EU countries in order to reach the percentage vaccine coverage required for herd immunity. Sharing doses via COVAX should be prioritised as the only existing globally coordinated mechanism for vaccine distribution.
  2. Fully fund the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A), which still needs over 19 billion Euros for 2021 to provide vaccines only for the most vulnerable 20% of the population in 91 low- and middle-income countries.
  3. Leverage the EU’s financial instruments to underpin the AU’s own procurement strategy to meet the needs of Africa for medical equipment and supplies.
  4. Strengthen strategic autonomy for the African continent through investing in manufacturing capacity for these medical products and supplies.
  5. Accelerate technology transfers and temporarily loosen trade restrictions that prevent the timely manufacture of vaccines.
  6. In order to be ready for next disease-X, start negotiations immediately for a new global treaty on pandemics anchored in principles of collective solidarity as proposed by the European Council.”

Read Africa Europe Foundation’s call for action on vaccines here:

Deutsche Welle News: How Russia and China are winning the vaccine diplomacy race

Published by DW News, February 5, 2021

In an interview with DW, I discuss my inputs on the role of Russia and China in COVID-19 vaccines production and distribution. Russia and China are offering to share their vaccines around the world while many Western countries are prioritizing their citizens first. In this interview, I discuss the importance of giving a chance to all countries that are rushing to share their vaccines with countries around the world that are unable to develop their own. If Russia and China take charge in sharing their vaccines, this is an opportunity for new collaborations and partnerships.

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BREAKING GLASS: Global health, gender equity, and rebuilding Rwanda

Published by Evoke Media LLC, January 6, 2021

Evoke Media

In a conversation with Sabrina Merage Naim and Kassia Binkowski from Evoke Media, I shared my personal journey of why I decided to return back to my country two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsis.  

Description: “Dr. Agnes Binagwaho did the unimaginable and returned to her home country of Rwanda just 2 years after the mass genocide of one million Tutsis. An outsider in her home country, Dr. Binagwaho worked tirelessly to save lives and was eventually appointed Minister of Health. A pediatrician by training, she has spent the past 25 years rebuilding the Rwandan health care system from the ground up, ultimately achieving some of the highest rates of pediatric vaccinations anywhere in the world. One of the only women at the table, Dr. Binagwaho shares her story of innovation and social service, how she’s shifting her focus to transform gender equity in global health education.”

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Global Health in the COVID-19 Era Explored at Local Conference

Published by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, January 2021

“Some 320 attendees and 75 speakers from around the world took part in the 2020 Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC) virtual conference. The theme of the Dec. 3 event was “Global Health in a COVID-19 Era: Leadership in Action.” NIEHS is a major supporter of the consortium, which is based in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. In her keynote address, Agnes Binagwaho, M.D., Ph.D., a former Rwanda minister of health, described her country’s success fighting COVID-19. “We’d had three Ebola alerts, so we didn’t have to invent anything,” she said. Rwanda, a country of 12 million people, has a robust testing program that identified just 6,000 cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths. Fighting a disease that spreads easily and indiscriminately requires equal access to care, Binagwaho said. “But you cannot build an equitable, resilient health system during a crisis,” she said. “Preparation is key.””

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Advance Science in Africa through Open Access Journals

Published by University World News on December 10, 2020

“Professor Agnes Binagwaho, the vice-chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, agreed with Allam and called on poor institutions to fight for open-access policies for critical health research publications. These journals should consider extending operating under a free access policy for at least 10 years to the benefit of poor research institutions, including universities, Binagwaho said.”

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Prof. Agnes Binagwaho – Vice Chancellor – UGHE – Equitable and Quality Health Services For All

Published by Progress, Potential, and Possibilities on December 10, 2020

In an interview with ideaxme, I talk about my career trajectory, from medical education in Belgium to my role as Vice Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity. Throughout the interview, I expand on the main principles that have driven my work in the field of global health. I highlight how an equity approach in global health is key to the successful implementation of any evidence-based intervention in global health. The University of Global Health Equity is a manifestation of this belief. As an institution with equity in its title, UGHE aims to change the way healthcare is delivered around the world through a practical, comprehensive approach to health education that puts equity at the forefront of their agenda. I also highlight the importance of prioritizing science and the safety and health of populations in responding to any health crises. This is why Rwanda has recovered rapidly following the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsis and is responding more successfully to the COVID-19 pandemic than other countries who have more resources and health system capacity.

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Global Leadership Coalition Mulls Foreign Policy Changes under President-elect Biden

Published by WHYY on November 16, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden speaks Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“Coons said the U.S. should be part of the global vaccine development and delivery effort. “We must invest in a public health response globally that addresses equity and that demonstrates the sort of leadership in public health globally that we were well known for,” he said.

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a pediatrician from Rwanda who is vice chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity was happy to hear Coons’ suggestion that the U.S. would rejoin the WHO under President-elect Biden.

“I believe that your new president will do that because the world needs to be in synergy, the world needs solidarity to face such a tragedy,” she said. She said it’s vital the coordination of vaccine distribution be done in a globally cooperative way. If not, “we will not as a planet be rid of this pandemic on time. No country will be safe if one country is not safe,” she said.”

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2020 Roux Prize Celebration

November 16, 2020

I am delighted to congratulate Professor Kristin Braa and Professor Jørn Braa on being awarded the Roux Prize this year. The Roux Prize is administered by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (HIME). The Roux Prize recognizes people who have used health evidence to improve population health. As a past awardee for the Roux Prize 2015, I welcome Kristin Braa and Jørn Braa into the wonderful community of Roux Prize awardees. Kristin Braa and Jørn Braa created and manage the District Health Information Software 2 (DHIS2). The DHIS2 is an open-source tool and is now the world’s largest health management information platform. Since 2012, Rwanda has used DHIS2 as the country’s Health Management Information System at a national scale. In 2014, the Ministry of Health in Rwanda launched a two-week Academy named DHIS 2. In this Academy, 80 participants from 18 countries came together to learn about the set-up, design, and maintenance of DHIS2. I look forward to fruitful future collaborations with Kristin Braa and Jørn Braa and believe that we will continue to promote the use of data to understand where we need to invest money and effort to deliver quality and equitable health care for all.

WIRED Health:Tech 2020: Latest advances and the fight against COVID-19

Published by Medical News Today on November 3, 2020

Image credit: dowell/Getty Images

“Prof. Agnes Binagwaho — vice chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda — went on to speak of the innovations that Rwandan authorities implemented to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in the country.

Prof. Binagwaho said that the first step was to identify both the obstacles and facilitators when it came to stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

According to the expert, having a clear idea of these factors allowed the authorities to establish the best strategy for containing the spread of the virus.”

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How Africa Fought the Pandemic-and what Coronavirus has Taught the World

Published by the Financial Times on October 23, 2020

A health worker in Nairobi, Kenya, checks the temperature of a passenger arriving from China on January 29 © Daniel Irungu/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock 

“Rwanda, in central Africa, was one of the most aggressive. On January 31, it cancelled flights from China. A week after the first case slipped through the net in March, it suspended international flights altogether, closed its borders and told people to stay indoors. “This is what any country should have done,” says Agnes Binagwaho, vice-chancellor of Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity. “We didn’t do this because we are rich. We did it because we are organised.””

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Dr. Agnes Binagwaho Recognized in 2020 100 Most Influential African Women

Hosted by Avance Media’s 100 Most Influential African Women list

Presented as a ranking of the 100 Most Influential African Women, this publication presents a summary of women who have climbed the corporate ladder, started their own businesses, or have been at the forefront of decision making both locally & internationally. Under Dr. Agnes Binagwaho’s leadership, she has driven significant contributions across global health, gender equity, and education in Rwanda and internationally.

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Vice Chancellor Prof. Agnes Binagwaho: UGHE Virtual Commencement 2020 Address

Hosted by the University of Global Health Equity on August 9, 2020

On August 9th, 2020, the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) graduated twenty-eight students from its Master of Science for Global Health Delivery (MGHD) flagship program. Given COVID-19 restrictions globally, the MGHD’20 commencement ceremony took place virtually. The graduating class was graced by the presence of the Guest of Honor, His Excellency, Paul Kagame and other guests from across the globe. Prof. Agnes Binagwaho congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to use their skills to repair the broken and inequitable healthcare systems.

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The Way Forward: What Next?

Hosted by the Atlantic, Emerson Collective, Chatham House, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics on May 28, 2020

Published by AtlanticLIVE

As part of “The Way Forward: What’s Next?” series focused on what is coming as far as long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Agnes Binagwaho joined Jeffrey Goldberg to discuss what we can do now to soften the impact of COVID on the future of Rwanda and the more vulnerable people amongst us in the world.

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Watch: How Rwanda got ahead of the pandemic curve

Published by Devex on April 20, 2020

By Raj Kumar

“Rwanda has so far registered fewer than 200 cases of COVID-19. According to its former health minister Agnes Binagwaho, the low numbers are due to government action that was faster than in other countries.

The vice-chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, a Partners in Health initiative that trains medical professionals for work in low resource settings, Binagwaho is a prominent voice on the global health stage. In this interview with Devex’s President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar, she tackles a number of issues related to the pandemic, including how social distancing can work in low-income countries.”

“We are not rich. We are organised. We take an approach of solidarity, and trust between communities.” – Prof. Agnes Binagwaho

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Lessons from Rwanda for COVID-19

Published by The Emerson Collective in April 2020

“Dr. Agnes Binagwaho knows how to control an epidemic because she’s done it before.

Born in Rwanda, Dr. Binagwaho, an Emerson Collective Dial Fellow, grew up in Europe, where she earned her medical degree and a Master’s in Pediatrics. In 2006, she returned home to Rwanda to serve in the aftermath of the genocide there…

… Now, as Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, Dr. Binagwaho is training a new generation of health professionals from Africa and beyond to deliver equitable, effective health services—and build the systems that will sustain it.

Here, Emerson Collective’s Director of Global Health Equity, Cassia van der Hoof Holstein, talks with Dr. Binagwaho about her lessons for a world working to control the COVID-19 pandemic, and how we can deliver on the human right to health care.”

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Binagwaho calls for improved health education, gender equality

Published by The New Times on March 09, 2020

By Sharon Kantengwa

“The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Agnes Binagwaho, has called for improved health education and gender equality if an enabled world is to be achieved.

Binagwaho said this at the TED Women’s conference on Saturday as the world prepared to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8.

She explained that striving for equality is not enough to achieve an enabled world; but rather the solution is equity which means women promoting other women, men as their allies, supporting the most vulnerable and giving women the tools and resources to succeed.”

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Health Care for All Is a Global Issue

Published by Thrive Global on Feb 27, 2020

By Elizabeth Bradley and Michele M. Tugade, Ph.D.

Image Credit: Shuttershock

“A student from the Burera District in the Northern Province of Rwanda, among the poorest in the country, asked, “What is the difference between hope and a miracle?”

A question more likely posed by a philosophy major on any U.S. college campus than a medical student in this post-genocide African nation. The lively and eye-opening discussion among students at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Butaro was part of a new collaboration between Vassar College and UGHE to broaden the traditional study of medicine by incorporating studies in the liberal arts…

… The goal, as Dr. Agnes Binagwaho puts it, is to build compassion among medical people for humanity and for the larger system in which medical care takes place, so that graduates may bring greater humility and a humanists’ approach to their practice.”

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Pasha 49: How Rwanda rebuilt a broken healthcare system

Published by The Conversation Africa on January 15, 2020

By Ozar Patel

“Rwanda has made strides in its health sector in recent years. The country is noted for making faster than expected progress over the past 15 years in reducing deaths among children younger than five. This is the result of the work the government has done in building a strong health system and taking an inclusive approach to health coverage. But there are still challenges like maternal mortality, for example.

In today’s episode of Pasha, Agnes Binagwaho, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, discusses how building trust among the public played a key role in the success of Rwanda’s health sector.”

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Female leadership as the portal for unlocking better global health access

Published by The New Times on November 18, 2019

By Laura Wotton and Tsion Yohannes

“Hosted by the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of Partners in Health, the 2019 Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH19) conference last weekend in Kigali that convened over 1000 participants. Here, leaders in diverse sectors of global health met to discuss how best to change the global health gender imbalance and status quo for women within Africa and beyond…

… It brought together all tiers across the spectrum of global health; we were graced by the presence of the First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda, Her Excellency Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, Ministers, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, Deans, development partners, researchers, and community health workers…

… Important to note also is the fact that, despite a conference committed to female advocacy, there was purposely a man on every panel; at UGHE we know women will not change the world without the collaboration of feminist men.

As UGHE’s Vice Chancellor Dr. Agnes Binagwaho made clear, ‘men can be our greatest allies’.”

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Hamwe Festival: When global health meets dance

Published by The New Times on November 15, 2019

By Gloria Iribagiza

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“Curtains fell on the closing night of Hamwe Festival’s first edition that aimed at hyperlinking the connection between art and health on November 13, in Kigali.

The festival was concluded by a dance therapy session, in a collaboration of Dr Rainbow Ho, an award-winning researcher and dancer from the University of Hong Kong, and Wesley Ruzibiza, a professional choreographer and founder of Amizero Dance Company…

… Hamwe Festival was born from a need to build bridges between the health sector and that of the arts and creative industries to improve health equity…

… Speaking to The New Times, the vice-chancellor of UGHE, Dr Agnes Binagwaho, said the festival was a great success, and people should expect more.

“We are going to choose another theme. This year it was around health and gender equity, and there are so many subjects that show more difficulties than others,” she said.”

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How Sangare, Shanel performed at Hamwe Festival

Published by The New Times on November 12, 2019

By Glory Iribagiza

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“First initiated by Globe-athon, a movement dedicated to building connections with leaders on every continent to help women talk about below the belt cancers, the first… ‘She matters’ concert was held in Rwanda over the weekend. Its aim was to celebrate women, who have used their creativity to advocate and improve the health of other women…

… The concert at Camp Kigali, was organised by the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), and was headlined by Grammy award-winning Malian musician, Oumou Sangaré, and Ruth ‘Shanel’ Nirere, a France-based Rwandan singer and actress…

… Among the attendees were the Minister of Health, Dr. Diane Gashumba, Peter H. Vrooman, US envoy to Rwanda, Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, and the Vice Chancellor of UGHE, Agnes Binagwaho.”

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Agnes Binagwaho on advancing gender equity in health

Published by CNBC Africa on November 5, 2019

“It’s no secret that there are far less women than men in boardrooms and leadership positions in general and the global health sector is no different, with women making up 70 per cent of the global health workforce and only 5 per cent of top leadership positions. Ahead of the Annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference happening this week in Kigali – Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho joins CNBC Africa to unpack the importance of dialogue and community in shifting the balance.”

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Rwanda’s Model: Progress, With More Work Ahead

Published by U.S. News & World Report on September 5, 2019

By Prue Clarke

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KIGALI, RWANDA – A heavy evening rain beats on the tin roof of Fabrice Irakoze’s modest two-room mudbrick house on a hill on the outskirts of Kigali, the Rwandan capital…

… Partners in Health played a pivotal role in the transformation here. The organization began when three young American medical students were volunteering in Haiti. Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl and Jim Kim, (the future World Bank president) realized there were serious shortfalls with the way traditional aid was delivering medical support to people in poor settings…

… As Partners in Health saw it, international aid efforts, conceived in Western capitals, had no understanding of the realities on the ground. The team trained people from local communities – often HIV patients themselves. Those health care workers provided food, counseling, transport and other needs that had prevented patients from receiving treatment. Their pilot projects saw dramatic results. Almost all the HIV patients survived.

Some of the biggest names in public health initially questioned PIH’s results. They claimed people in poor countries couldn’t be trusted to deliver the anti-retroviral drugs. It was a stand that struck many, including then-Rwandan Health Minister Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, as racist. “This debate, ‘because they are from a poor country they should not have access to treatment’ make me furious,” Dr. Binagwaho says in an upcoming film, “Bending The Arc.”

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46 Students Graduate At University Of Global Health Equity

Published by KT Press on August 11, 2019

By Jean de la Croix Tabaro

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“Today all roads led to Butaro sector in Burera district, a soothing area in the Northern Province, the home to University of Global Health Equity (UGHE). The university has held the third graduation which includes 46 students – class of 2019 – from 12 countries, all graduating with a Masters of Science in Global Health Delivery. At this graduation, the First Lady Jeannette Kagame who was the guest of honor awarded the two best students…

… Dr Agnes Binagwaho, University vice chancellor said that she was satisfied with the achievement of this class. “You have worked incredibly hard. You have made sacrifices. You met several challenges to reach graduation milestone,” she said. “I hope you will take time to celebrate this accomplishment. We are incredibly proud of you.”

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Leading Minds Reflect on How the World Feels About Science and Health

Published by Technology Networks on July 08, 2019

By Michele Wilson PhD

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“Gauging global attitudes to science and health is no easy task, but it was the goal of The Wellcome Global Monitor – a survey of over 140,000 people aged 15 and older, from more than 140 countries. On Wednesday 19th June, the Wellcome Trust released their report on the survey that was implemented in 2018. The results reveal some fascinating insights into how people around the world think and feel about science and major health challenges….

… In Washington D.C., a live panel discussion marked the launch of the survey, featuring:
• Imran Kahn, Wellcome’s Head of Public Engagement
• Mae Jemison, physician, engineer, social scientist, astronaut for six years (also the first woman of color in space), founder of an international science camp on science literacy called The Earth We Share
• Julie Gerberding, Executive Vice President & Chief Patient Officer, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy and Population Health, Merck
• Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, Rwandan paediatrician, Ministry of Health of Rwanda 2011-2016…

… Binagwaho, who served as the Minister of Health in Rwanda for five years (2011-2016), emphasizes the value that lies in taking time to build trust and lay the foundations before implementing any public health campaign, i.e. “the way we proceed to provide health services.””

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Dr. Agnes Binagwaho on Teaching Global Health Equity

Published by Skoll Foundation on June 20, 2019

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“Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, believes that healthcare is a basic human right, no matter where that human may live. As a practicing pediatrician, she saw babies die when their parents were too poor to access care. The University of Global Health Equity is creating a new healthcare paradigm—one where doctors are culturally sensitive and take a holistic view of a patient’s environment and the social determinants of health.”

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The Intensifying National Debate Over Vaccine Exemption Rules

Published by Axios on June 20, 2019

By Eileen Drage O’Reilly

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“As measles spreads and public officials try to prevent the disease from becoming endemic in the U.S. again, a debate is heating up nationally over whether to mandate vaccines or keep in place laws that allow for more individual choice. …

The big question: Agnes Binagwaho, a Rwandan pediatrician and the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, asked her fellow panelists at the Wellcome briefing…

“All those people who discredit vaccination — and kill people — why don’t you make them accountable?”

This led to a panel discussion on whether vaccines should be mandated.

Binagwaho said, “Never make them mandatory, create the demand [instead], because [making it mandatory] is believing they are bad parents, and that’s just not true.” (Rwanda has one of the highest levels of trust on vaccination safety, at 94%. This compares with North America at 72%, per the survey.)”

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Why I believe Connecting Women Leaders Globally Is the Key to Positive Change

Published by Thrive Global on June 19, 2019

By Pat Mitchell

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“Last month, I wrote a preview of the Connected Women Leaders (CWL) Forum that Ronda Carnegie and I convened in April at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio conference center on Lake Como. The purpose of the CWL Forum was to connect women leaders from the frontlines of government, culture, media, the arts, business and civil society from around the world to shape a global agenda for women in 2020…

…Access to family planning and reliable health care is central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, talked about the many challenges to delivering equitable health solutions and critical services for women and girls around the globe, including the growing threats worldwide to reproductive rights. Many of the Connected Women Forum leaders will be participating in the Women Leaders in Global Health conference in Rwanda in November, convened by Dr. Agnes and next month, we will both be continuing this conversation at the Aspen Ideas: Health conference.”

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Vassar Forges Partnership with Innovative Medical School in Rwanda

Published by Vassar Stories on April 12, 2019

By Larry Hertz

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“Vassar College and the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an innovative medical school in Rwanda, have forged a partnership that will help the medical school blend the liberal arts into its curriculum, officials from both institutions announced today.

In a ceremony on the Vassar campus, Vassar President Elizabeth Bradley and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor of UGHE, signed an agreement forming the unique partnership. The alliance calls for members of Vassar’s faculty to teach classes in the humanities and sciences that are part of the liberal arts component of UGHE’s medical school curriculum. Following the signing, President Bradley and Dr. Agnes Binagwaho planted a Rwandan flag amidst flags of other African countries represented in Vassar’s student body.”

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Dr Agnes Binagwaho: The Heart of Healing

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Published by The Bridge – The Aspen Institute on April 12, 2019

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho served as the Rwandan Minister of Health for 5 years, and she is now a leader in the fight for global health equity. Hear her thoughts on creating better health systems and the value of women in leadership.”

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SGO 2019 Presidential Speaker Dr. Agnes Binagwaho Inspires Political Activism for Physicians

Published by Doxomity on March 25, 2019

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“At the 50th Annual Meeting for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology on Women’s Cancers (March 16-19) in Honolulu, HI, the invited presidential speaker, Agnes Binagwaho, MD, PhD, spoke about the need for physicians to pursue political activism. …

…‘What I took away from the talk is that political activism is incredibly important,” said Bobbie J. Rimel, MD, a gynecologic cancer researcher and associate director for Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Trials Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “As a person not in policy, I need to be aware of what strategies are being voted on in my area in regards to health policy. Prior to this talk, I was aware that school-based vaccination might be important, but it did not register for me as it does now. Now, when I’m looking for mayor, city, school board candidates — any space in which health policy would be discussed — I need to demand school-based vaccinations, which is basically how she accomplished such high school-based vaccination rates.’”

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#WellesleyAsks Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Rwanda (2011-2016); Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity, what she wants women interested in leadership to know

Published by Wellesley College on March 10, 2019

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“The former Rwandan Minister of Health and executive secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, Binagwaho is a champion of global health. Born in Rwanda and raised in Belgium, Binagwaho returned to Rwanda in 1996, two years after the Rwandan Genocide, to work as a pediatrician. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and vice chancellor of Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity.
Advocating for the health and rights of those in need since she visited Haiti in 1983 at age 18, Ophelia Dahl DS ’94 is a pioneer in improving global health and human rights. She is co-founder, along with Paul Farmer, and board chair of Partners In Health, a leading nonprofit health organization working to improve sick and impoverished communities around the world, including in Haiti, Rwanda, and Peru.”

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IWD 2019: Ten women making waves globally

Published by OpenCanada on March 7, 2019

By OpenCanada Staff

This International Women’s Day, we asked 10 Canadian or Canada-based women working on international issues to reflect on those who inspire them.
From Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland being named Foreign Policy’s Diplomat of the Year, to the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to the record wins by women candidates in the US 2018 midterm elections, this past year has put a spotlight on women in prominent political, diplomatic and economic roles. But even in a country like Canada, with a self-declared feminist prime minister and a push for mainstreaming a gender approach across all areas of government, we know change is still slow when it comes to women receiving equal opportunity.
With that stark reminder in mind, this International Women’s Day, we’re taking the opportunity to celebrate women working on global issues who are already making change in their own way. In particular, we wanted to highlight a group of women whose names may not come immediately to mind, from all corners of the globe. To do so, we asked 10 Canadian or Canada-based women — from climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe to Nobel Women’s Liz Bernstein — to nominate just one woman they would like to see receive more attention this year. Their responses serve as a reminder of the countless women around the world whose work inspires.
1. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwandan pediatrician.
— Andrea Reimer, former Vancouver city councilor
I have never met Agnes Binagwaho, but everyone who has spoke of her to me has done so in the kind of tone reserved for Mother Theresa — not the eventual saint but the simple woman who stood 10 times taller than life to martial an army, afflict the comfortable and work her fingers to the bone to help those in need…”

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Reflections from the Africa Business Conference: Debunking Myths about Business in Africa

Published by The Harbus on March 6, 2019

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“Is the African continent not the best destination after graduation for MBAs? According to HBS’s career location statistics, it seems that less than 1% of students have chosen to pursue careers in Africa over the recent three years. We were left pondering this question as we saw very few non-African HBS students attending the 21st Annual Africa Business Conference held on February 15 and 16. The conference theme was ‘Africa Forward: Forging New Alliances for the Future.’ As the theme indicated, the panels covered a variety of sectors in Africa including entrepreneurship, finance, infrastructure, healthcare, education, agribusiness, and consumer packaged goods…
There should be reasons, or ‘myths,’ which may be preventing our classmates from getting actively involved in business in Africa. The typical myths, we assume, would be: You can’t really make money in Africa due to consumers’ low purchasing power. Products with quality and brand are not a good fit for African consumers.
The need for social impact in Africa can be served solely by the public sector.
Poor regulatory systems across the African continent hinder private actors to enter the markets.
… The second myth was dispelled by the panel ‘The Role of the Private Sector in Improving Healthcare Quality’ led by Dr. Nwando Olayiwola, a Chief Clinical Transformation Officer of RubiconMD. She asked the audience in the room to stand up and questioned ‘How many of you believe that we can achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030? If you don’t, sit down.’ Upon recognizing that some of the audience still remained standing, she continued, ‘Now, if the ‘Coverage’ means the one with the same standards as high-income countries?’ Everybody sat down except Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the former Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda. She said, “We can, if we change the way.””

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The University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and Women in Government

Published by Just Love by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan on February 15, 2019

Interview with Monsignor Kevin Sullivan on February 15, 2019

“On this week’s episode of Just Love, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan talks about equitable and quality healthcare and women in government.

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M (Ped.) Ph.D. is a Rwandan pediatrician who serves as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health focused on changing the way health care is delivered around the world by training the next generation of Global Health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. Dr. Agnes talks about the training provided at the university and how it can help change health care around the world.”

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New Beginnings

Published by Harvard Medical School on February 6, 2019

By Jake Miller

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard, chair of the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health, cut the ribbon to inaugurate the new medical school campus of the University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda. Image: illume creative studio

“When his plane touched down in Rwanda on Jan. 24, George Q. Daley became the first dean of Harvard Medical School to travel to Africa to witness the life-changing work of his colleague Paul Farmer, the Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS.
Accompanied by a group of HMS faculty, staff, advisors, alumni and supporters, both Daley and Farmer were in Africa to celebrate the completion of the physical campus of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of Partners In Health. Farmer is also co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health…
…Through its educational efforts and under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Agnes Binagwaho, senior lecturer on global health and social medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS, and Dean Abebe Bekele, UGHE aims to help fill shortages of health care providers and researchers in low-resourced settings. Such shortages are critical drivers of health inequity worldwide.”

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Rwanda university sets out to teach doctors medicine and management

Published by the Conversation on February 5, 2019

By Moina Spooner

The Master of Science in Global Health Delivery Class of 2018. Photo by Jean Christophe Kitoko for UGHE

“A new university of health sciences is being launched in Rwanda. The University of Global Health Equity is being touted as a centre that will “contribute to addressing the critical shortage of health professionals” and “ensure they remain committed to the continent”. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner spoke to the University’s Vice Chancellor, Agnes Binagwaho, about why Africa has a shortage of health professionals and what can be done to overcome it.

‘The University of Global Health Equity will educate health professionals with the extra skills that they need, including managerial and leadership skills. They will also have a better understanding of the social determinants of health – for instance understanding that where people live may be causing an illness and addressing it – and all the principles of building a health system that ensures everyone can access services.’”

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Here’s how we can cure the physician shortage in Africa

Published by CNBC Africa on January 31, 2019

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“According to the World Health Organization, the ratio of physicians to patients is 1 per every 1000 in Africa, This, denying many a chance to quality healthcare. CNBC Africa sat down with Prof. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor for the University of Global Health Equity for a look at that and raising the numbers for female enrolment in the medical field.

‘Every place where our students will go, we will create a forest of social justice and better care…one seed at a time.’”

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How Kagame Left Davos To Inaugurate A Very Important School Back Home

Published by KT Press on January 25, 2019

By Jean de la Croix Tabaro

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“From Davos where he has been attending the World Economic Forum (WEF), President Paul Kagame has inaugurated the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) located in Burera district – Northern Rwanda.
Kagame told participants at the event – Friday, that his presence is a testimony he attaches to the school and a very big importance because it was not that easy to make it…

…‘Paul Farmer and the Partners in Health team, together with Rwandan partners, have once again demonstrated, that they follow through on their commitments, and get things done. Your efforts are raising the standard, globally, on equity in healthcare,’ Kagame said.”

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What a medical school on a Rwandan hilltop can teach the United States

Published by Politico on January 27, 2019

By Sarah Karlin-Smith

Training global health professionals to deliver high quality care anywhere,reflects the Rwandan government’s stated commitment to equity — including health equity — and to prevent another rupture like the one that spurred the country’s 1994 genocide. | Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images

“BUTARO, Rwanda — Three hours along a bumpy dirt road from the capital of Rwanda, a new medical school is emerging from the unlikeliest of places — a small hilltop in the poor farming village of Butaro. The school’s name reveals its ambitious mission: The University of Global Health Equity…
The university’s medical program is starting small, around 25 to 30 students, carefully curated to select those who are likely to work in underserved areas after graduation. Binagwaho aims to reverse the brain drain, and her ideal student is one who would be a competitive candidate at the top medical schools in the West — but who is more committed to serving needy communities. Financial aid will help students avoid the “loan trap” that would propel them to wealthier areas and higher salaries…

…It will teach them the importance of providing quality care where the people live,’ explained Binagwaho. And, she added, it instills cultural humility and empathy.”

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New regional varsity for modern medicine opens in rural Rwanda

Published by The East African on January 26, 2019

By Ivan R. Mugisha

Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity speaks during its launch on January 25, 2019 in northern Rwanda. PHOTO | URUGWIRO

“President Paul Kagame Friday launched a modern health science university that will train health professionals from around Africa and Asia.
The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is located in Butaro, some 95km north of the capital Kigali…
…‘Our next generation of doctors must understand the systems that drive social determinants of health, have the skills to strategically take initiative, and find solutions to barriers to service delivery,’ said Dr Agnes Binagwaho, UGHE’s Vice Chancellor.”

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UGHE’s New Campus a Beacon for a Brighter Future

Published by Partners In Health on January 18, 2019

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“The University of Global Health Equity will be celebrating so much more than a new campus at its landmark Jan. 25 inauguration in northern Rwanda…
…All of that synergy empowers UGHE with opportunity—for students, staff, and partners; for patients, communities, and countries. Opportunity for a brighter future, and for aspiring doctors who otherwise would not have the chance to pursue their dreams. For people who thought medical school would never be within their reach. For patients who thought high-quality care would never reach them, and who thought their disease was a death sentence. 
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, UGHE’s vice chancellor, said the realization of UGHE’s vision will affect far more than academics, and far more than Rwanda alone.  
‘Together we are assembling the building blocks of a university that will contribute to the transformation of health service delivery, through education, mentorship and research, in every corner of the globe,’ she said. ‘This year, the University of Global Health Equity has progressed further and faster than any of us could have imagined.’”

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Equity is in the Heart

Published by Festival Boca on January 9, 2019

“Long before she served as health minister of Rwanda (2011-2016), Agnes Binagwaho tried to lock a fellow pediatrician in a hospital room. 

Dr. Agnes had spotted the doctor in an exam room with a mother who was cradling her sick daughter. The doctor was asleep.

Appalled, Binagwaho examined the girl herself in a separate room, then asked a nurse to lock the doctor in the exam room where he was sleeping. It did not win her any points with the medical staff, who ‘found me more guilty for trying to close him in that room for the night than him for mistreating the kid who could have died.’…
…Today, Dr. Agnes is Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, which trains the next generations of health care workers to provide services in the poorest of communities.”

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Launch of UN Friends of Vision Group

Published by The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness on November 28, 2018

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“On World Sight Day in October Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, convened the first meeting of the UN Friends of Vision group. It followed considerable efforts by Clearly, the organisation founded by James Chen to persuade governments to take notice of the crisis of poor vision, to get vision on the UN’s agenda.
Representatives of 10 countries from every continent attended. Alongside Antigua and Barbuda, Ambassadors and senior diplomats from Bangladesh, Barbados, Botswana, Dominica, Grenada, Rwanda, St Kitts & Nevis, Surinam, and the UK all attended…
…Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity and former Minister of Health in Rwanda, excited the group as she explained how with determination and goodwill it has been possible to deliver primary eye care for all in Rwanda.”

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Scaling up efforts in blood donation innovation

Published by Devex on November 28, 2018

By Catherine Cheney

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“SAN FRANCISCO — Three district hospitals in Rwanda have managed to bring maternal deaths down to zero — in part thanks to technology…
…Zipline’s first customer was the Rwandan government, which it partnered with to establish the first national scale drone delivery network.
‘The government chose blood delivery because it was one of the most complex and yet critical parts of their medical supply chain and they needed help,’ said Brittany Hume Charm, head of global health partnerships at Zipline…
…‘Blood is so precious, and sometimes the roads are not functioning, or even if the roads are functioning it takes four hours and it’s too late,’ said Agnes Binagwaho, the former minister of health from Rwanda, who signed the deal with Zipline.

She saw the potential for drones to connect storage facilities with delivery points across the country, and used government funds to cover the cost of the service fees.”

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How lessons from Rwanda could help China fix its myopia crisis

Published by CNN on November 15, 2018

By Dr Agnes Binagwaho

“President Xi Jinping recently described myopia as an epidemic affecting China’s younger generations.
There are now an estimated 720 million Chinese citizens with uncorrected poor vision, according to Dr. Xun Xu at the Shanghai Eye Hospital. Short-sightedness increases dramatically with age; it affects over half of children aged 10, 80% of 16-year-olds and over 90% of university students in China…

…In Rwanda, during my tenure as minister for health and thereafter, we executed a plan that has provided all 12 million citizens with the option of accessing glasses. The glasses cost as little as $1.50 and are provided free for the poorest 20%…

…The key strategy was training nurses at regular health centers to deliver sight tests and prescribe glasses.”

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Agnes Binagwaho: Humor, hope, and global health

Published by BMJ on November 14, 2018

By Duncan Smith

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“Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan paediatrician with a mission to transform healthcare in the country of her birth. Brought up and trained in Belgium after her parents left Rwanda when she was 3, she returned in 1996, just two years after civil war and the mass slaughter of the Tutsi people had left Rwanda devastated. Her life has since been dedicated to improving health quality and access—first in HIV and then at Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, where she served as permanent secretary and then as minister of health, from 2011 to 2016. She is now vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, which she cofounded. Through health sciences education she now hopes to have a global impact on health…
…‘I prioritise working for people in need and finding joy in the long hours, by surrounding myself with experts and colleagues who approach this work as I do: with humour and hope.’”

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Agnes Binagwaho: Fighting for the vulnerable in Rwanda

Published by Women Leaders in Global Health on November 13, 2018

By Elmien Wolvaardt

“Dr Agnes Binagwaho was Minister of Health during the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. She is now the Vice Chancellor and Cief Executive of the University of Global Health Equity, where support for the vulnerable is at the top of the agenda. In the run-up to the WLGH conference, she spoke with Elmien Wolvaardt Ellison about the transformation of the Rwandan Health Service, her plans for the next Women Leaders in Global Health Conference and the childhood experience that set her on this path to excellence in global health…

…If you had to give advice to women who know they have potential and what they can do, but are facing obstacles, what would you say to them?

Never give up. Follow your passion, with integrity. You will always make it. And if you don’t make it, you will make the way easier for others.”

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Rwanda and the Dreamers of Digital Health in Africa: Wakanda is Real

Published by The Medical Futurist on August 29, 2018

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“Rwandans in remote villages are using an artificial intelligence-based algorithm on their mobile phones to get a diagnosis for their health problems, doctors in Kigali consult their colleagues in the Western Province about radiology cases through telemedicine, blood is delivered by Zipline’s medical drones, and a central electronic health records system ensures data is collected about health activities. Rwanda is a pioneer in digital health in Africa – a real Afrofuturistic embodiment of Black Panther‘s Wakanda. Let’s see how and why that happened…

…A great example was when Agnes Binagwaho, former Minister of Health held discussions on Twitter about the healthcare state of Rwanda using the #MinisterMondays hashtag.
What amazes me about countries like Rwanda is that they have strong, focused leadership and the government really wants to improve the lives of the average Rwandan,’ noted McNeill. She also believes that for the sustainability of digital products such as babyl, it is essential to understand how it’s going to be paid for in advance – and in most African countries, it’s either paid for by the patient in pocket expenses or by the government, she said.”

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Recovering Rwanda

Published by Gates Notes on August 7, 2018

By Bill Gates

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“In 1994, Rwanda was torn apart by a brutal genocide that killed nearly one million people. Its economy and health system were in ruins. Many of the country’s doctors and health workers had been killed or fled. Fewer than one in four children were vaccinated. A cholera epidemic swept through refugee camps. It had the world’s highest child mortality rate and the shortest life expectancy. Rwanda’s future appeared bleak.
Today, Rwanda is a stunning global health success story—one I often cite when I’m asked about examples of health and development progress. More than 97 percent of infants are vaccinated. Rates of child mortality, maternal mortality, and deaths from tuberculosis, AIDS, and malaria have all plummeted. Its health system has become a model for other nations to follow.
Many people were involved in making this dramatic turnaround possible—from government leaders to health workers to the people of Rwanda themselves. Even today, Rwanda hasn’t let up; the country is determined to build on its gains. But the story of Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is a great illustration of what it took to make this transformation possible.”

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Invest in youth not another big institution, says Mark Dybul

Published by Devex on June 15, 2018

By Jenny Lei Ravelo

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“WASHINGTON — Global health programs often have a common structure: Donors come in and deliver funding, then money trickles down to a global institution or an implementing organization that develops programs based on what they think is needed on the ground.
But despite good intentions, health programs don’t always get the full picture and end up missing critical points of intervention.
‘Unfortunately, health programs are not focused on the patient,’ said Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity and former health minister of Rwanda.”

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Q&A: How Rwanda focused PEPFAR funds on ‘people-centric, not disease-centric’ care

Published by Devex on June 11th, 2018

By Adva Saldinger

“WASHINGTON  — When the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funds first arrived in Rwanda in 2004, the country had many people with little access to treatment. But the way the government used the funds has created a lasting legacy for its health system, in part due to the work of Agnes Binagwaho.
Binagwaho, now vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity and former Rwanda minister of health, is a strong advocate for countries using donor funds to further their country plans. And while it wasn’t always easy, she worked for PEPFAR funds to contribute to holistic improvements in Rwanda’s health system, rather than only serving those with HIV/AIDS or going to build parallel systems, she told Devex.”

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Le Point Interview

Published by Metropole Tele on April 23, 2018

By Georges E. Allen

In September 2015, Partners In Health took the first steps in realizing a long-sought aspiration — to create a university that would advance the cause of global health equity by training a new generation of transformational leaders in health care.

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Q&A with Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s Former Minister of Health

Published by TEDMED Blog on April 20, 2018


“In her 2017 TEDMED Talk, Rwanda’s former Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, shed light on the experience of rebuilding Rwanda’s health system after the devastating 1994 genocide. We talked with Agnes to learn more about her past efforts and to find out what she’s working on today.”

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Un Peu du Rwanda en Haïti

Published by Le Nouvelliste on April 18, 2018

By Frantz Duval

“Son boubou, tenue traditionnelle africaine, est éclatant. Beaucoup de vert et du jaune. C’est la première chose que l’on voit d’elle.

Très vite, ses reparties prennent le dessus. Sa bonne humeur contagieuse, ses idées claires et bien articulées accrochent. Elle a un-je-ne-sais-quoi d’engageant.

Vous conversez deux minutes avec elle, vous saisissez sans peine que vous avez affaire à un leader et à une professeure de médecine.

En fait, on voit moins le médecin, surtout l’acteur du changement, pas dans le domaine de la santé, mais dans celui du développement au sens large. Elle vient du Rwanda, pays qui a inventé une autre façon de faire. Elle l’explique très bien.

Ancienne ministre de la Santé du Rwanda où elle a été aux affaires pendant plus de 14 ans dans la haute administration, elle est aujourd’hui rectrice de University of Global Health Equity (Université de la santé globale basée sur l’équité) et c’est à ce titre qu’elle est de passage en Haïti.”

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The health science missing in Rwanda, South Africa

Published by SciDev.Net on February 21, 2018

By Davison Mudzingwa, Eric Murinzi, Ignatius Ssuuna

“Agnes Binagwaho: ‘The science of implementation is neglected’

She is a paediatrician and Rwanda’s former Minister of Health, widely credited with transforming the country’s health system during a five-year term that ended in the summer of 2016.

She implemented a set of measures, such as universal health insurance and networks of community workers, which added up to a system bringing impressive gains in indicators from AIDS life expectancy to malaria treatment rates.

She spoke to SciDev.Net this month in Kigali, where she is now vice-chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity, about the role of science and technology in bringing about the transformation.”

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Global Health and how Trust and Equity is in the Heart of Everything

Published by the University of Washington Department of Global Health on December 7, 2017

By Maryska Valentine and Caroline Liou, Department of Global Health, University of Washington

“It’s fair to say that Dr. Agnès Binagwaho — MD, M(Ped), PhD, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), former Minister of Health of Rwanda, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) — is among the world’s foremost global health champions of our time. Dr. Agnès, as she likes to be called, was recently in Seattle where she gave a talk for UW students on “Transforming Global Health Through Education”. We had the chance to talk global health with her and get her take on effective approaches to global health and why health is key to development.”

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Dr. Agnes Binagwaho on Equity and Partners In Health

Published by Partners In Health Canada on December 4, 2017

On May 17th, 2017, Partners In Health Canada and Hart House at the University of Toronto hosted a breakfast conversation with Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, co-founder and Vice Chancellor of Partners in Health’s University of Global Health Equity and the Minister of Health to Rwanda from 2011-2016.

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Rwanda needs more pediatricians – Experts

Published by The New Times on September 15, 2017

By Peterson Tumwebaze

“Rwanda pediatric association, an umbrella for pediatricians in the country, says there is need for more pediatricians in the country to help improve children’s health… Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the chair of Rwandan Pediatric Association, urged her counterparts about their responsibility towards supporting the education of more medics in the country to have more pediatric experts.

‘We need more specialised nurses, pediatric oncologists, and other specialists in children health matters so as to curb unnecessary children deaths,’ she said. She called for improved nutrition among pregnant women to enable them produce healthy children, provision of reproductive health information to teenagers to avoid teenage pregnancies, as well as supporting them in case they get pregnant.”

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Women’s rights, cricket unites and an audience with Paul Kagame: Lionel Barber’s Rwanda diary

Published by Financial Times on August 23, 2017

By Lionel Barber

“The FT editor visits an African country determined to go its own way as its steely president marks another landslide election victory…It is my maiden visit to Rwanda, a country the size of Wales where everyone wears shoes, plastic bags are banned and the armed forces are perhaps the most feared in Africa. But here women enjoy equal rights to land ownership and the cabinet is packed with female talent. One irrepressible role model is Agnes Binagwaho, the former health minister, who is our introductory guide to democracy, Rwandan-style. As we wend our way north from Kigali, past rolling hills and lush countryside, I am struck by the orderliness of the villages and little towns. Every last Saturday of the month, the people go to work on behalf of the country, cleaning the streets or assisting in construction. ‘We’re more efficient than the Chicago school of finance that screwed up the world,’ says Binagwaho.”

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A conversation

Published by Techonomy Health on May 30 2017

This is an interview by Claudia González Romo of UNICEF and the Vice Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity.

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On people dying at home with clinical support

Published by Salzburg Global Seminar on May 24, 2017

“…. former Minister of Health in Rwanda, highlights examples of palliative care existing in hospitals. Binagwaho, however, says the majority of people are dying at home without clinical support. She says people should be able to die at home with technical assistance and have a good clinical accompaniment. This process could ensure people could die at home without pain and in comfort.

….. was a participant at Session 562 – Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life. This session was part of the long-running Health and Health Care Innovation series. It was held in partnership with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and the Mayo Clinic. For more information, please visit

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University of Global Health Equity to fill skills gap

Published by The New Times on April 9, 2017

By Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti

“Rwandans and Africans in general are set to benefit from an increase in well-trained health professionals from the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) that will, this year, graduate its first class in Rwanda.

….. next year the university will open a medical school in Burera district to provide undergraduate education. Plans are also underway to open a campus close to Masaka Hospital in Kigali with the goal of transforming it into a teaching hospital.”

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Africa24’s “Interview” Program received me to share my view on the progress of Rwanda’s health sector

Published on July 7, 2016

In this interview, Marie Angele Touré asked me several questions about the magnitude of the task of being a Health Minister in Rwanda and on some challenges, such as malaria.  She also asked about how my colleagues and I are able to do this. I responded by explaining how, here in Rwanda, all Ministries of the social sector are working together in synergy in order to improve the health of our people. 

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Saving the world through social media? How development is going digital: From tracking World Bank projects to Twitter conversations with Rwanda’s health minister, Technology is driving innovation

Published on January 4, 2013

By Maeve Shearlaw

“Every other Monday, Rwanda’s health minister, Dr Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) takes to Twitter for her #Ministermondays Twitter chats. The minister says on her blog: “It is so important for Rwandans to be able to communicate with their government. In the Ministry of Health and throughout the central government, we strive for transparency, accountability, and accessibility.” Demonstrated in this Twitter exchange, the minister and her team respond directly to questions that come in.”

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1.5 million girls set to benefit from vaccine against cervical cancer

Published on March 8, 2014

GAVI Alliance has supported for national introductions marks new HPV vaccine.

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Rwanda’s Measles-rubella vaccine campaign: Q and A with Dr. Agnes Binagwaho

Published in March, 2013

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho explains how political commitment to high immunization coverage help a country more than halve child mortality.

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Over 700 million children in 49 countries to be protected against measles and rubella

Published on March 12, 2013

Rwanda, first sub-Saharan African country to introduce measles-rubella vaccine nationwide with GAVI support.

Expanding Cancer Prevention and Treatment in the Developing World

Published on March 21, 2012

By Merrill Goozner

The incidence of curable childhood cancer in East Africa is comparable to that of advanced industrial countries, yet the death rate is five times higher. Cervical cancer rates in many low- and moderate-income countries are two to three times higher than in richer countries, and the mortality rate is twice as high, even though cervical cancer is preventable with vaccinations and treatable if caught early.

Faced with those stark differences, Rwanda’s health minister, Agnes Binagwaho, M.D. , will soon launch a major campaign to detect and treat cancer among the country’s 11 million people, despite the presence of just two pathology labs and three hospitals that can analyze biopsy samples. The first focus will be on childhood cancers. “We’re targeting the cancers where we can save the most lives with the simplest [drug] regimens,” she said.”

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Rwanda Introduces New Vaccine Against a Leading Childhood Killer

Published on May 25, 2012

Rotavirus vaccines protect children from severe and deadly diarrhea, a major step for the children of Rwanda as this vaccine will save even more lives.

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Oxford Starts Building New China Center

Published on October 14, 2012

By Joyce Lau

In the section titled, “Medical schools join effort in Rwanda”, the article says, “‘For the first time in history, the U.S. government has allowed for the direct government transfer of funds to a health sector program where the recipient country sets the terms of the program and contracts and manages the program,’ a representative for the Rwandan Ministry of Health said by email.”

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Rwanda, The Land of Gender Equality?

By Think Africa Press

“Sitting under the shade of a mango tree, Agnes Uyisabye is reviewing a list of local beneficiaries of the country’s health insurance scheme. Uyisabye, 35, is a grassroots leader in the Kansi sector of southern Rwanda. For the last nine years, she has been in charge of social affairs in the local umudugudu (Rwanda’s smallest administrative unit) overseeing its 896 residents spread across 204 households. It is an unpaid role, but Uyisabye does not mind. She slides her igitenge, a traditional cloth worn over her clothes, to one side to reveal a mobile telephone in her skirt pocket – used in emergencies to contact hospitals and health centres – and touches her blue and red shirt with pride. On her shirt, in Kinyarwanda, the local language, reads the message: ‘Uprooting malaria in Rwanda is the responsibility of us all.’ Uyisabye, a mother-of-four with a primary school education, was elected to her role in 2003, the year Paul Kagame was sworn in as president. ‘I was not surprised when I was elected,’ she says, listing female leaders in much higher positions in the country, such as the current health minister Agnes Binagwaho.”

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Rwanda’s Minister of Health Calls Health Care Development a Moral Obligation

Published by Dartmouth News on August 3, 2012

By Keith Chapman

“Binagwaho also spoke about the relationship between economic and health care growth, saying that the two are closely intertwined. There is a correlation between child mortality and poverty, she said, and investing in quality health care is investing in development. However the investment is made, Binagwaho said, it has to be something that can be managed and sustained into the future. ‘Dr. Binagwaho likely dispelled some assumptions about health care delivery systems in Rwanda,’ said Puja Patel, a MALS graduate student attending the lecture. ‘The reality is remarkably impressive.”

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Binagwaho Stresses Equity in Care

Published in The Dartmouth on July 30, 2012

By James Peng

“Binagwaho, who received an honorary degree from the College in 2010, shared her experiences working for her country’s under-resourced health care system in her talk. The quality of Rwanda’s health care system has improved significantly since the 1994 genocide left the country severely damaged, according to Binagwaho. The mortality rate for those who have HIV, tuberculosis and malaria has decreased by over 70 percent over the past 10 years, and the child mortality rate has decreased at a faster rate than many other African countries, Binagwaho said. ‘It’s not a miracle,” she said. ‘This has helped build our system slowly.”

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On Lessons Learned and Tweeting

By UNDispatch

“We were delighted to host Dr. Agnès Binagwaho, Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda, for our Global Health Effectiveness session Wednesday and Thursday. As always, she was very inspiring and shared many words of wisdom. Here are a few highlights: ‘Without evidence, you do not grow. You have to take risks even if it’s a minister in front of you.”

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Bill Clinton’s New Program to Breathe Life Into Rwanda’s Health Sector

By Uganda’s The Independent

“On Thursday, July 19, former United States President Bill Clinton announced plans to improve the quality and quantity of health workers by training the next generation of medical practitioners in Rwanda. President Paul Kagame, Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, and Clinton’s daughter Chelsea were also in attendance during the announcement at the Rwamagana School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Eastern Province.”

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Breaking the Cycle of HIV, Hunger, and Poverty

Published by World Food Programme on July 24, 2012

By Molly Slotznick

“Speaking at the event, which was co-hosted by Harvard Medical School and Partners In Health, Rwandan Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho remarked on the situation in her country. ‘Food is a human right. But most people living with HIV don’t have enough food, and they need more food. So the only thing to do is to give it to them.”

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AIDS 2012: Making Sure Countries Really Own Their National Response To AIDS

Published on July 23, 2012


“Rwanda owns it AIDS response and it has been successful,’ said Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Rwandan Minister of Health. ‘We developed a vision of where we want to go in responding to AIDS and have chosen the path to get us there. We need to align ourselves internally first and before we start worrying about aligning our partners,’ she added. During the discussion, there was a consensus that a number of necessary conditions for true country ownership exist. These include: strong political engagement and inclusive leadership; high-quality strategic information; effective coordination; capacity development; robust national strategic plans with smart investment decisions; integration of HIV into broader health and development strategies; and full engagement of civil society and people living with HIV.”

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How Do We Get There? Country Planning For Maximum Impact

Published by Kaiser Family Foundation on July 23, 2012

“The key word is accountability; meaning all along the chain, that each and everyone has a duty to the fight against HIV/AIDS as well as other health issues or social issues, education issues.  We have a contract.  Personally, I sign a contract with His Excellency every year on key indicators across the health sector; HIV is in there.  The mayor, all the mayors – we have 30 districts – sign a contract with His Excellency also, but they also have HIV indicators. We go up to the village, meaning each and every one is responsible for those indicators, and if I fail – I may have reason to fail; maybe there was a catastrophe or I was sick, I don’t know, and I have to explain why, so this makes things happen.  His Excellency – There is a minister in charge of the president’s office, who follows all these with His Excellency and at the end of the year we have to respond to that and we are evaluated by an independent body.  It’s not a joke.  We take a day; we sit down with all the things we have to achieve, all the reports, all the proven actions.  A report is not enough.  Also, we then go and see if what I said – what are the benefits for the population?”

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‘The @corybooker oF Rwanda’ – The Health Minister Who Solves Problems Tweet By Tweet

Published by UN Dispatch on July 30, 2012

By Annie Feighery

 “The success of Rwanda’s communication-enabled health gains is clearly possible, in part, because of the country’s small size. Like @CoryBooker, the mayor of Newark, NJ famous for solving problems from potholes to snow piles that his constituents tell him about over Twitter, Rwanda’s health minister uses her online engagement as a monitoring and evaluation system, a transparency mechanism, and an educational tool. In time, tweeting global leaders will likely become commonplace, but that begins with leaders like Dr. Binagwago providing a best practices case study for government accountability through embracing emerging media and technology.”

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In Rwanda, Health Care Coverage That Eludes The U.S.

Published on July 3, 2012 in the New York Times

By Tina Rosenberg

“In most poor countries — and in the United States — health disasters are a leading cause of a family’s decline into poverty, but not for Rwandans. ‘It gives relief to people knowing that if you get sick, you don’t need to have a lot of money,’ said Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s health minister. ‘It gives you psychological stability so you can concentrate on something else. The money can be used for other things — this is very important in trying to stimulate economic development.'”

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London Summit Focusses on Investing in Family Planning

Published in The New Times on July 11, 2012

“According to Binagwaho, this conference will create momentum concerning Family Planning issues and highlight the need to invest in Family planning in order to reduce maternal deaths. ‘Once family planning needs are met, it will make it easier to meet the Millennium Development goals of MDG 4 and 5. Family planning is one of the most effectual methods for improving maternal and child health. Child mortality rate will reduce and maternal health will also improve,’ she said.”

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Medtronic Foundation Supports New Initiative to Develop National Plans Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Published by Medtronic on May 23, 2012

“The effort will build on a successful model of NCD care integration developed by the Rwandan Ministry of Health together with PIH and other partners. Rwanda is a leader in health sector planning, having developed a number of novel initiatives, including a community-based mutual health insurance program, universal access to antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS, performance-based financing, and eHealth. These efforts have made Rwanda the only country in Africa on track to achieve the health-related Millennium Development Goals, and an experienced leader among other low- to middle-income countries. ‘The next generation of global solidarity must be more strategic, more efficient, and more country-driven,’ says Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of Rwanda. ‘We have much work to do in creating a future in which the greatest risk factor for dying of a noncommunicable disease is not where one is born.'”

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Hands-On Medical Education in Rwanda

Published on May 13, 2012 in the New York Times

By Stephanie Novak

“To be a good global health provider, it’s good for students to see what others have done,” Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, who is both the Rwandan health minister and a Harvard faculty member, said by telephone. Seeing potential for the course outside of Massachusetts, Dr. Binagwaho worked with Partners in Health to bring the Harvard curriculum to her home country. “We hope to have students come from around the world and learn from them as well, and also have the students learning from each other, because they are all coming from countries where there are things ongoing,” she said. In the future, she hopes to invite health professionals from around Africa and other developing countries to participate. “We can be the example,” she said, “not teaching in theory, but teaching in practice. If you want the developing world to develop, you have to develop teaching. Courses like this have to grow.”

Rwanda: Country Introduces New Vaccine Against a Leading Childhood Killer

Published on May 25, 2012 by AllAfrica

The introduction of rotavirus vaccines into the country’s routine immunisation programme marks an historic landmark in improving access to life-saving tools for children who need them the most. ‘This is a major step for the children of Rwanda as this vaccine will save even more lives,’ said Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of Rwanda. ‘Vaccines have proven to be one of the most impactful health interventions and we take pride today in our continuous ramp up of our routine immunisation programme with such a powerful new vaccine.'”

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Rwanda To Raise Salaries of Medical Officers

Published on March 24, 2012 in The East African

By Edmund Kagire

“PBF has been around for five years and we thought it wise to review it. We have divided the country into four zones based on the difficulty faced by health practitioners in their work, meaning that doctors in easy postings like Kigali where infrastructure is in place, will be receiving lower incentives than their colleagues who work in rural areas,’ Dr Binagwaho told the press last week, noting that the Ministry of Health has put in places a committee of district doctors to review it.”

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EAC States Plans Central Registry For Medicines To Boost Supply

Published by the East African News Agency

“The East African Community (EAC) has agreed to set up a Medicines Registration Harmonization (MRH) project to address issues related to improving supply of medicines and harmonizing medicines registration in the region. The USD 12.5m project. which was launched recently, is expected to be implemented over a period of five years. The project, said to be a key contributor to public health, would lead to access to good quality, safe and effective medicines. It will see all the five partner states of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania have a single law regulating the registration of medicines in the region…. Rwanda’s Minister of Health Dr. Agnes Binagwaho noted that launching of the project was a great opportunity for Rwanda since the country is still developing the science and technology sector. ‘It will help in the provision of high quality medicines at affordable prices and on time.'”

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Co-Financing, an Investment in our Children

Published by Gavi

“Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Permanent Secretary at Rwanda’s Health Ministry, explains why her country is committed to co-financing.”

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Leaders Call For New Approach To Women’s Health

Published on September 19, 2011 by Gavi

“’For Rwanda, the HPV vaccine has become an essential part of our cancer strategy, but also a springboard to reaching out to adolescents and their parents with health messages and services. It’s a win win,’ said Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health from Rwanda.”

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Malnutrition: The Scourge of Rwanda’s Children

Published on February 19, 2012 in The Guardian

By Jay Rayner

“But is optimistic. ‘It is not about food aid. We do not need food in Rwanda. We need education.’ However it is, she says, about what is being grown. Cassava root, ground to a flour and cooked up as a doughy paste, is a traditional staple. It fills children up but has almost no nutritional value. ‘It’s also about how they treat vegetables. Families cook carrots too long, for example, so there is no vitamin A left.'”

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AIDS Prevention Inspires Ways To Make Circumcision Easier

Published on January 20, 2012 in The New York Times

By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

“The day of the assembly line circumcision is drawing nearer. Now that three studies have shown that circumcising adult heterosexual men is one of the most effective ‘vaccines’ against AIDS – reducing the chances of infection by 60 percent or more – public health experts are struggling to find ways to make the process faster, cheaper, and safer… In a recent safety study, Rwanda has used PrePex to circumcise 590 men. Only two had ‘moderate’ complications; one was fixed with a single suture, and one required a new band in a different spot… Rwanda is training 150 two-nurse teams; it is a small country, but it serves as a bellwether for Africa.”

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A Poor Nation, With a Health Plan

Published on June 14, 2010 in the New York Times

By Donald G. McNiel Jr.

“An example of how the system overburdens the poor, he said, was the fact that the wealthiest Rwandans pay the same $2 that the rural poor do. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Health Ministry official, agreed, ‘It’s totally insane that my mother pays the same as the woman who cleans her house,’ she said. ‘That law is being changed.’ Still, Dr. Binagwaho said, Rwanda can offer the United States one lesson about health insurance: ‘Solidarity — you cannot feel happy as a society if you don’t organize yourself so that people won’t die of poverty.'”

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Millions in Africa Depend on Global Fund’s Good Work

Published in Today’s Zaman on October 17, 2011

“Explaining Rwanda’s success, its health ministry officials say the country already has a good health system and 86 percent of the population has health insurance. Rwanda’s Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho says proudly, ‘The Global Fund is a tool, and it can make miracles when its donations are given to honest, hardworking people.’ According Binagwaho, what sets Rwanda apart from its neighbors is its vision, transparency and lack of corruption.

But isn’t she worried about less funding? ‘If you’re driven by your worry, you’ll never get anywhere,’ Binagwaho says. She also points to a darker side of aid programs, saying that there is a ‘poverty business,’ where people on the boards or staff of global aid organizations earn hefty salaries.”

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Rwanda saving lives of mothers and babies

From April 6, 2011 on CNN

By Gary Strieker

“Childbirth is the number-one killer of young to middle-aged women in developing countries, and one of the worst-affected countries is Rwanda, where maternal mortality rates have been dire. But a new rural hospital is transforming the local health system and offering a model of how to turn around the situation in the country. The Butaro Hospital has been built to provide quality healthcare in one of Rwanda’s most remote districts. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Rwandan Permanent Secretary of Health, welcomed the new facility. ‘There are too many deaths that we could prevent by increasing access to care in a geographic way and also increasing the expertise of health professionals that deliver services,’ she said.”

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