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Harnessing healthcare to build the ‘Africa We Want’

Published by University of Cape Town 23 May, 2022

” On 16 May, ahead of Africa Day 2022, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) hosted a celebration with the theme “The Future of Healthcare in Africa”. The hybrid event featured talks from key figures from Africa’s healthcare sector as well as live performances from some of the continent’s most popular acts.

“Using Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the backdrop for his assessment of the healthcare sector’s potential, the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr John Nkengasong, focused on how African nations can pool their resources to address the ongoing challenges of emerging infectious diseases, endemic diseases and non-communicable diseases.”

“Professor Agnes Binagwaho, the vice-chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, focused on the cycle of positive outcomes that can be driven by improving healthcare. “The future of healthcare is important because we need to break the vicious cycle of poverty and disease by promoting the virtuous cycle of health and wellness.”

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Dr Paul Farmer, healthcare advocate for some of world’s poorest, dies aged 62

Published by the Guardian 22 February, 2022

“The Boston-based organization confirmed Farmer’s death on Monday, calling it “devastating” and noting he unexpectedly died in his sleep from an acute cardiac event while in Rwanda, where he had been teaching.

Farmer was a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of global health equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He wrote extensively on health, human rights and social inequality.”

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Dr. Paul Farmer just passed a torch to us all

Published by New Times Rwanda, Written by Katie Letheren March 14, 2022

“No one was expecting Dr. Paul Farmer to leave us as soon as he did. He spent his final weeks doing what he loved in a place he loved dearly—teaching medical students at the University of Global Health Equity in northern Rwanda, a world class institution reimagining health education to transform how healthcare is delivered across the globe.

Outside of the classroom, Paul would spend his days going on rounds with medical students just across the valley at Butaro Hospital. To Paul, there was no difference between the value of his life versus the value of the lives of the patients he saw in any one of the hospitals he visited regularly around the world. He never for a second believed that he was more important than the patients he saw, their caretakers or the nurses who cared for them tirelessly day in and day out”

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Dr. Paul Farmer’s Legacy Was To Transform The Field Of Global Public Health

Published by Forbes, Written by Joshua Cohen April 4, 2022

“Renowned for his efforts to reshape global public health, Dr. Paul Farmer died in February in Rwanda at the age of 62. In 1987, Farmer co-founded Partners in Health in Haiti with the mission to provide high-quality care to impoverished patients and those living in remote areas. Since the early 1990s, Partners in Health expanded to countries in Africa and Latin America.In addition to starting hospitals in Rwanda and Haiti, Farmer helped bring lifesaving HIV drugs to the patients in Haiti in the early 2000s.Recently, Farmer had been involved in Covid-19-related work in the U.S. and overseas.”

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Roar Africa travels to Rwanda

Published on Roar Africa Blog written by Deborah Calmeyer, 2022

Photo owned by Roar Africa, 2022

I invite you to read this blog post, describing the trip that my fellow colleagues took in Rwanda that discusses on the powerful transformation of the country after facing a genocide, the visible changes from having streets free from trash, to organized leadership, gender empowerment and many positive outlooks and experiences. This in hope that you will also take a chance to visit Rwanda and to learn about this transformational journey.

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How Agnes Binagwaho and Paul Farmer worked together until they founded University of Global Health Equity-Rwanda

Published by Top Africa News

By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU January 27, 2022

“It is well-known that in rural areas all over Rwanda when they hear someone being called a ‘Doctor’ they interpret it hand in hand with the meaning of Doctor as a medic and as a wealthy person.It is possible that the creation of UGHE Rwanda was based on neither the fact that the founders had doctorate degrees nor the appetite of generating financial revenues rather was the way to find a solution to health challenges that many vulnerable Rwandans were facing.”

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Hamwe Festival 2021: Prof. Binagwaho, Minister Bamporiki explain the role of art to mental health and social life

Published by Top Africa News

By Ange de la Victoire DUSABEMUNGU 11 November, 2021

“This year’s festival, which is the third one, is focused on the social changes that have occurred since the COVID 19 pandemic in late 2019 and the role that the art has played during the lockdown time.Commenting on the previous Hamwe festivals, Prof. Agnes Binagwaho, the Former Rwandan Minister of health and currently the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity said that “Every year there is something new and every year it is better.””

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Published by The Financial Express

Data initiatives stressed at UNWDF-2021 to strengthen public health system

“The discussants observed that similar to other instances of data usage during COVID-19, experiences of using data in vaccine rollouts and related dissemination activities have varied considerably across nations of differing income groups. From monitoring and controlling individual movement to disseminating information regarding vaccination availability and ultimately availing the vaccine, integrating data in COVID-19 reponses has neither been easy nor homogenous in approach. In this regard, it must be mentioned that successful national COVID-19 vaccination efforts may define the recovery path for developing countries in the foreseeable future.”

“A comparative perspective based on the experiences of a low-income country (Rwanda), a lower-middle-income country (Bangladesh), a high-middle income country (Argentina) and a high-income country (USA) were discussed. These four countries have diverse experiences in undertaking vaccination programmes (public and private) in response to the pandemic where innovative data uptake for decision-making plays a critical role.”

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Improving population health relies on leadership not just in health and care

Published by National Health Executive 6 October, 2021

By William Pett

“Finally, political leadership at both domestic and international level will be a key determinant of whether and how population heath improves over the coming years. Domestically, the NHS Confederation and other organisations across health and care have long called for political leaders to adopt a ‘health in all policies’ approach. This would encourage all government departments to take seriously their role in achieving cross-sector action on addressing the wider determinants of health.Internationally, the European Union will need to learn lessons from the pandemic. Speaking at the EHFG, Professor Agnes Binagwaho, senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, argued that the world health system will continue to remain vulnerable to crises until structural barriers are addressed.”

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Women’s empowerment Trip to Rwanda

Published by Deborah Calmeyer July, 2021

Deborah Calmeyer is the founder and CEO of an esteemed ultra-luxe experiential travel company called ROAR AFRICA. ROAR AFRICA has more than 10 country destinations in Africa where the curate travel experiences which include Rwanda.

In her latest blog, she mentions her excitement for the 2022 Women Empowerment Retreat planned to happen in Northern Rwanda, at Singita Kwitonda Lodge. She explains that Rwanda is a country leading in women’s empowerment and it can be demonstrated through the high number of parliamentary representation of women and women in positions of management. She states that the retreat is a great opportunity for women to be celebrated and for them to challenge the status quo.

In her excitement, she dishes on the planned activities for the retreat and the line of speakers that will be involved: Corie Knights (Chief Fundraiser for WildAid), Lydia Nzayo(Mentor for women in the safari industry), Claire Bradbury (Writer, Lawyer, Business Consultant)and myself.

As a reflection, she states:”Based on my observations, when it comes to environmental degradation, social injustice or COVID-19, women in rural Africa remain the most affected. They’ve long been excluded from positions of leadership in the safari industry and have at best been given responsibility without authority”.

I have no doubt that this retreat is timely to this cause and that it will be the experience of a lifetime for me and all that will be involved. Hence, I recommend you to follow and learn more about this retreat.

Are health care workers in Africa getting vaccinated?

Published by Natalie Donback, Devex, June 3, 2021

A health worker waits to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by: Monicah Mwangi / Reuters

“When the World Health Organization designated 2021 as the International Year of Health and Care Workers, it also urged that the world’s health care workers be prioritized for vaccination against COVID-19 in the first 100 days of 2021.

According to Binagwaho, it’s a matter of planning and self-organizing. In Rwanda, community health care workers normally meet in the health center they report to once per month — there are about 500 in the country, and the centers in turn report to a district hospital. “So the community health workers went to get the vaccine where they used to report,” she said.”

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Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Global Public Health

By Eugene T Richardson Published December 22, 2020

Foreword by Paul Farmer

A physician-anthropologist explores how public health practices—from epidemiological modeling to outbreak containment—help perpetuate global inequities.

In Epidemic Illusions, Eugene Richardson, a physician and an anthropologist, contends that public health practices—from epidemiological modeling and outbreak containment to Big Data and causal inference—play an essential role in perpetuating a range of global inequities. Drawing on postcolonial theory, medical anthropology, and critical science studies, Richardson demonstrates the ways in which the flagship discipline of epidemiology has been shaped by the colonial, racist, and patriarchal system that had its inception in 1492.

Deploying a range of rhetorical tools, including ironism, “redescriptions” of public health crises, Platonic dialogue, flash fiction, allegory, and koan, Richardson describes how epidemiology uses models of disease causation that serve protected affluence (the possessing classes) by setting epistemic limits to the understanding of why some groups live sicker lives than others—limits that sustain predatory accumulation rather than challenge it. Drawing on his clinical work in a variety of epidemics, including Ebola in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, leishmania in the Sudan, HIV/TB in southern Africa, diphtheria in Bangladesh, and SARS-CoV-2 in the United States, he concludes that the biggest epidemic we currently face is an epidemic of illusions—one that is propagated by the coloniality of knowledge production.

Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History

By Paul Farmer Published November 17, 2020

In 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health-care facilities were few and far between. Causing severe loss of life and economic disruption, the Ebola crisis was a major tragedy of modern medicine. But why did it happen, and what can we learn from it?

Paul Farmer, the internationally renowned doctor and anthropologist, experienced the Ebola outbreak firsthand—Partners in Health, the organization he founded, was among the international responders. In Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds, he offers the first substantive account of this frightening, fast-moving episode and its implications. In vibrant prose, Farmer tells the harrowing stories of Ebola victims while showing why the medical response was slow and insufficient. Rebutting misleading claims about the origins of Ebola and why it spread so rapidly, he traces West Africa’s chronic health failures back to centuries of exploitation and injustice. Under formal colonial rule, disease containment was a priority but care was not – and the region’s health care woes worsened, with devastating consequences that Farmer traces up to the present.

This thorough and hopeful narrative is a definitive work of reportage, history, and advocacy, and a crucial intervention in public-health discussions around the world.

Partners In Health Rwanda: Lessons In Eliminating Barriers To Quality Care

Published by Forbes on 26 March 2020

By William A. Haseltine

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“In late February, Dr. Krishna Reddy, Country Director of ACCESS Health India, and I traveled to Rwanda to learn more about health systems strengthening from an organization that has proven itself to be a formidable leader in the field: Partners in Health and the affiliated University Global Health Equity….

… Partners In Health and ACCESS Health have a lot in common, particularly when it comes to our mission, core values, and desired impact. We are looking forward to future opportunities to coordinate and collaborate on projects that help us deliver care to people no matter where they live, and no matter what their age.”

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Opinion: The anti-virus to global epidemics? Strengthen the health systems

Published by Devex on 25 March 2020

By Alice Bayingana and Miriam Frisch

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“Three months into the COVID-19 outbreak, we are starting to see history repeat itself. Just as the Ebola outbreak in 2014-16 took an enormous toll on Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, where more than 11,000 lives were lost, this new disease is quickly spreading around the world.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was significant, not only due to deaths from the disease but because it exacted harm to the health system’s ability to respond to even the most basic of needs within the country, with a huge loss in the health care workforce. Today we have seen similar breakdowns of health systems due to COVID-19 beyond treatment of the disease…

… It has become clearer now more than ever that global health is truly the responsibility of each one of us.”

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Rwanda is training health workers for an interconnected world

Published by The Conversation on 23 February 2020

By Phaedra Henley

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“Growing scientific evidence shows that environmental transformations such as climate change and pollution are linked to people’s health. The number of extreme events is increasing, often driven by human activities, and they often pose an immediate threat as well as having long-term health impacts. This is a future for which health professionals must be prepared…

… The interdependency between humans, animals and the environment is becoming more pronounced. It’s time to approach health problems in a broad, interdisciplinary way. The attitudes and practices of the health workforce will have to change.”

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Creating Space for New Leaders with Dr Agnes Binagwaho

Published by Amplify on July 12, 2019

By Samia Kemal

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“The first time I met Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) and former Minister of Health of Rwanda, I was at Yale University for Global Health Corps’ Training Institute. After myriad sessions on leadership development, diversity, the equity agenda, and more, I began to re-evaluate my career in communications; did these buzzwords hold any tangible value in my life?

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho’s words were the first to cut through the noise: “there are no complex solutions, only complex excuses.”

In sitting down with Dr. Agnes, I wanted to further understand the challenges that women in the health sector face. From Vice Chancellor to Physician to Minister to Professor to Senior Advisor, Dr. Agnes has held various leadership positions and is well-known in the global health world for her work in strengthening health systems. Now, she’s chairing the International Conference Committee for the 2019 Women Leaders in Global Health conference to be hosted by UGHE in Kigali, Rwanda (November 9–10). After a year of working within her organization, I was curious about what advice she’d have for a young professional like myself.”

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Next Steps Towards Universal Health Coverage Call for Global Leadership

Published by BMJ on 24 May 2019

“Gerald Bloom and colleagues argue that the G20 is uniquely placed to facilitate crucial actions to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage

Universal health coverage (UHC) has been identified as a priority for international development by the G20, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations General Assembly. Since it was explicitly incorporated into the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as target 3.8, much effort has been expended on promoting UHC. Here we focus on four areas that, on current trajectories, are unlikely to achieve sufficient progress to meet the target. These are also areas for which G20 can provide substantial leverage: the principle of “leaving no one behind,” particularly in migrant health and genuine support for primary care; reliable domestic financing, which requires enlightened leadership and deliberate dialogue between finance and health sectors; harnessing and regulating medical and technological innovation; and mutual learning and harmonised aid among donor countries. We call on G20 leaders, who will meet in Osaka in June 2019, to take concrete action on these issues.

This article is based on a policy brief prepared by a working group convened by the Government of Japan as host of the Think 20 summit in Tokyo in May 2019. Our work has received input from a wide ranging global group of thought leaders, some of whom represent civil society, including patients and the general public.”

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How Rwanda Could Be the First Country to Wipe out Cervical Cancer

Published by Mosaic on May 7, 2019

By Sophie Cousins

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“Girls began queuing at their local school with their friends, waiting for their names to be called. Many were apprehensive. After all, most of them had not had a vaccination since they were babies. It was 2013 and a new vaccine had arrived in Kanyirabanyana, a village in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Reached by a reddened earth road, the village is surrounded by rolling hills and plantations growing crops from bananas to potatoes. Unlike the 10 vaccines already offered to young children as part of the country’s immunisation programme, this vaccine was different: it was being offered to older girls, age 11–12, in the final year of primary school.

Three years before, Rwanda had decided to make preventing cervical cancer a health priority. The government agreed a partnership with pharmaceutical company Merck to offer Rwandan girls the opportunity to be vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer…

… Rwanda’s decision to partner with Merck wasn’t without its critics. In a scathing letter to the Lancet, German public health researchers voiced “serious doubts” that the HPV programme was “in the best interest of the people”. A major issue, they contended, was that while the burden of cervical cancer in the region was substantial, there were far more pressing diseases to vaccinate against, such as tetanus and measles.

Rwanda’s then Minister of Health, Agnes Binagwaho, replied publicly in a letter co-signed by two US researchers. They said that Rwanda already had very high vaccination rates for tetanus and measles, and asked: “Are the 330,000 Rwandan girls who will be vaccinated against a highly prevalent, oncogenic virus for free during the first phase of this programme not regarded as ‘the people’?”

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How Bill and Melinda Gates Are Transforming Life for Billions in the 21st Century

Published by Fortune on April 18, 2019

By Clifton Leaf

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The Gates Foundation is transforming the lives of billions of people—but it wouldn’t be the force it has become without the distinctive visions of the couple behind it. …

… If Bill’s superpower is speaking truth to the mighty, Melinda’s may well be hearing the truth of the unmighty—and then internalizing and sharing that secret, often brutally repressed wisdom. For a generally soft-toned speaker, her voice has the command of a church bell. But those who know her say her truly uncanny talent is simply the ability to listen….

The argument for optimism has some awfully good evidence in Rwanda. A quarter-century after a genocide tore the already poor East African country apart, Rwanda is a case study in what’s possible. Led by physician Agnes ­Binagwaho, the nation’s former health minister, and others, Rwanda has steadily invested in health infrastructure, primary care, massive childhood vaccination, and maternal health.”

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Phil’s Speech at the Inauguration of the Ambulatory Cancer Center Inauguration of Butaro

July 12, 2018

Bio Sketch:

Phil Garrity joined the Partners In Health staff in Boston in 2011 after volunteering with PIH’s sister organization in Peru. As program coordinator on the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Quality team, he helps to measure and evaluate PIH programs to demonstrate the success of the PIH model and improve quality of care. Last August, Phil was unexpectedly diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive bone cancer, and began a nine-month treatment program that included chemotherapy and surgery at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His experience as both a patient and provider, one that has taken him from world-class hospitals to rural Africa, sheds light on the invaluable worth of promoting life, no matter the cost.


I’d like to express my gratitude for being here and for the invitation to participate in the inauguration of such a beautiful and urgently needed facility. It’s humbling to be standing up here for many reasons, but I’ll share one: I’m often at a loss when I wonder what gives me much of any legitimacy in sharing my story. Granted, I’m careful not to downplay the very real challenge I faced this past year—for I can imagine few trials more physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually demanding than cancer treatment, of laying waste to one’s own body in the hope of saving it—but it’s important to give context to my battle, especially as I reflect on it from a place far different than Boston.It says something that within two weeks of presenting with some minor joint pain last August, I received an MRI, a CT scan, a biopsy, a diagnosis, a treatment plan, and chemotherapy, all in a few 5-star hotels known as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. It is no exaggeration to say that these institutions have cancer care down to a science, and not just in a technical sense. To think of the myriad comforts and conveniences of such state-of-the-art hospitals, and to weigh that against the brutality of my own treatment, leaves me rather speechless as I stand here today in the midst of patients and providers who wage this battle every day in a setting far less forgiving.And while it’s difficult to compare my experience with those of the remarkable patients and survivors here at Butaro Hospital, I believe I can relate on a very basic level: I know what it means to be sick, and gravely so. A professor of liberation theology at Boston College, Roberto Goizueta, recently told me that he understands poverty to be more than a matter of material privation; the poor, he says, are those who simply cannot take life for granted. And the sick, very often, are among them. Illness experiences offer us a chance to see life through the lens of poverty, to illuminate our vulnerability as well as our interdependence with others and the world. Through these experiences, our humanity is revealed as a continual act of letting go, if only of our sense of entitlement to a life over which we so desperately claim ownership, a life that we so often take for granted. And at the very least, I know that this experience has made it more difficult for me to do that. I know that there is something worse than receiving a cancer diagnosis at twenty-four: chemotherapy. (I can assure you, even now, it makes me a little nauseated to look at that beautiful infusion center). But what is worse than that? Getting a cancer diagnosis and not getting chemotherapy. And even worse, even more humiliating, than that? Not getting a cancer diagnosis. This last scenario is, sadly, the fate for countless millions in our world, a world in which people are relegated to die, like their diseases, in anonymity.  I can say without hesitation that I am lucky to have been given my diagnosis, to have had 18 rounds of toxins pumped into my body, to have lost 30 pounds and all of my hair, to have had much of my leg replaced with metal. I am lucky to have had the chance to nearly die so that I might live.I think there’s a very profound metaphor here. Cancer treatment shows us what we as humans are willing to do to protect and promote life. It shows us to what extraordinary lengths we will go, what incredible sacrifices we will make, in order to honor and venerate the life given to us. The simple (or not so simple) act of defying conventional wisdom and bringing world-class cancer care to rural Africa is a testament to this deep respect and radical commitment. To the naysayers, the pragmatists, the “reasonable” ones, we ask: Who are you to say this shouldn’t or can’t be done? That it is too costly, too difficult, too bold? As we’ve seen, and as we are beginning to show the world, it’s not only fair, it’s feasible.I am incredibly proud to be part of a global community of courageous, compassionate people who spend their lives committed to the humbling yet ennobling work of living out our reverence for life. I thank all of you for advancing this life-saving work, for giving my life back to me in so many ways, and for allowing me to give my story back to you.

GCSP Hosts the event “One Health One Planet. Environment and Health in the Human Security Agenda.”

Published by Geneva Center for Security Policy on May 31, 2018

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“On 22 May 2018, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), in partnership with the University of Global Health Equity (Rwanda), organized an event under the title: ‘One Health, One Planet. Environment and Health in the Human Security Agenda’.

The panel was moderated by Mr Bruno Jochum, former director of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and an Executive-in-Residence within the GCSP. The panelists included Dr Stephane de la Rocque, Head of the One Health Team in the Health Emergency program of WHO, Dr Desiree Montecillo-Narvaez, Programme Officer in UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as well as  Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, former Minister of Health of Rwanda.”

Landmark Studies in Rwanda, Madagascar Show Success for Universal Care Model

Published by Partners in Health on May 16, 2018

“BOSTON (May 16, 2018): Deaths of children under 5 have dropped by nearly 20 percent in just two years in a poor, rural district in Madagascar—despite the island nation’s lowest health spending in the world. This transformation echoes the strength of results charted across the last decade in rural Rwanda, where under 5 mortality dropped 60 percent between 2005 and 2010 in Southern Kayonza and Kirehe districts. Both sets of results were products of a grassroots health system movement founded on principles of public partnership, data science, and universal access to care for all.  … Professor Agnes Binagwaho is senior author on the Rwanda study, having served as the Rwanda Minister of Health from 2011 through 2016. “Through Rwanda’s commitment to a universal right to health, we have continued to witness transformation that has rendered our country’s health system an example for not only Africa, but for the world,” she said. “We embrace the shared vision and work of our partners in Madagascar. Together, we can pave the way to inclusive health systems that advance equity and health for all people.” Prof. Binagwaho is currently on the faculties of both Harvard and Dartmouth Medical Schools, and is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, a new Rwanda-based university that trains global health professionals from across the globe.”  

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New management training for immunization leaders launches in Rwanda

Published by Yale News on May 15, 2018

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“This is an unprecedented opportunity,” said Erika Linnander, director of the Yale Global Health Initiative (GHLI), during her opening remarks at the recent launch in Kigali, Rwanda of a new immunization program. “I see such an exceptionally diverse group here today to help support this program — nurses, managers, policymakers, government officials, development partners, physicians, and educators. This coming together in support of improved management and leadership is fundamental to the achievement of global health targets.” …

“Thoughtful leadership and effective management practices are necessary to strategically and equitably improve health systems, including making sure vaccines reach children in every corner of the world,” said UGHE Vice Chancellor Dr. Agnes Binagwaho. “By hosting this forum in Rwanda, participants will train in an environment that prepares them to both address delivery challenges, as well as inspire them to improve access to high quality care.”

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Words of Wisdom from African Women Moving the World Forward

Published by MasterCard Foundation on April 9, 2018

By Shona Bezanson

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“When African women come together to discuss transformative leadership, one can’t help but feel amazed, inspired and energized. TheAfrican Women’s Leadership Conference recently hosted by Wellesley College provided seasoned African women leaders with an opportunity to share their leadership journeys with the continent’s emerging young women leaders….

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a pioneer and activist in the global public health sector shone a light on gender inequity at all levels of global health. She also shared her newest project — the University of Global Health Equity, in Rwanda — a revolutionary model of health care provision that puts equity at the center. She told us: ‘find your passion. Fight for it. Be ready to die for it. It gives you life.’”

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African Women on Top

Published by Project Syndicate on March 8, 2018

By Shona Bezanson and Peter Materu

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“TORONTO – Africa has a long history of female leadership. Yet leadership can be a challenging aspiration for the continent’s young women, owing to enduring barriers to success. If African countries – and Africa’s women – are to meet their potential, this must change… Former Rwandan Minister of Health Agnes Binagwaho has dedicated her career to achieving equitable access to health care in her country and beyond.”

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Rwanda has Universal Health Care – and it’s Working

Published by BLKHLTH on February 28, 2018

By Paulah Wheeler

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“‘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, the former Minister of Health who turned health in Rwanda around with her belief that health care is a human right for all. ‘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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2017: The Year in Quotes

Published by Partners In Health on Dec 18, 2017

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“Inspiration in a sentence—that’s what we were looking for as we sifted through our stories about Partners In Health in 2017. Like any round-up, this collection of quotes falls short of conveying the breadth and depth of all that was accomplished this year. PIH staff saw 1.5 million patients in clinics and hospitals, never mind the hundreds of thousands consulted in their homes. But hopefully these few quotes, chosen for their pithiness, hint at one important aspect of the work: our deep gratitude for the chance to serve such amazing people.…‘The more our students are spread across the world to serve vulnerable populations, the more we will be able to change the world.’—Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor of PIH’s University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, on her hope for graduates”

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Vice Chancellor Agnes Binagwaho Inducted to the National Academy of Medicine

Published by the University of Global Health Equity on October 19, 2017

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From left to right: Academic Director Sarah Trent, Vice Chancellor Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Director of University Operations Jarrett Collins, and daughter of Dr. Binagwaho and MGHD Class of 2018 student Injonge Karangwa. Photo from Sarah Trent.

“Washington, D.C. (October 14, 2017) — Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), former Minister of Health of Rwanda and global health champion Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD has been inducted to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), an esteemed society of over two thousand distinguished contributors to the advancement of health and medicine.”

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Bending the Arc, Partners in Health Documentary

October 6, 2017

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This is a documentary that I was a part of along with Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl and Jim Kim Yong which talks about the work of Partners in Health, using Rwanda as an example and looking at the  progress that has been made in health.Directed by: Kief Davidson and Pedro KosProduced by: Cori Shepherd Stern, Executive Producers – Matt Damon and Ben AffleckScreened at: Sundance Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and San Francisco Film FestivalAwards: Best Documentary Feature Film at the Greenwich International Film Festival (2017)

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University of Global Health Equity’s Contribution to the Reduction of Education and Health Services Rationing

Published by International Journal of Health Policy and Management on July 9, 2017

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This is a video summary made by the International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM) in which I explain what the University of Global Health Equity brings to health education and how we aim to help the poor and those living in rural areas.

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Dr. Agnes Binagwaho Appointed Commissioner for the Task Force on Global Advantage

Published by the University of Global Health Equity on June 30, 2017

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Dr. Agnes Binagwaho (left) visits Butaro District Hospital with representatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Inshuti Mu Buzima. Photo by Zacharias Abubeker for UGHE

“Over the last decade, Rwanda has seen significant advances in economic growth and population health. Developments in mobile health technology, household-administered rapid diagnostic tests, and support systems that integrate information and communications technology (ICT) are transforming not just how care is delivered – but where. By delivering high-quality health care and social services in some of the country’s poorest communities, Rwanda has developed a strong brand in global health delivery.

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Training the next generation of global health leaders in Africa

Published by Devex on May 31, 2017

By Catherine Cheney

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Members of University of Global Health Equity’s MGHD Class of 2017, after receiving their diplomas. Photo by: Zacharias Abubeker

“At this time of year, students around the world are putting on their caps and gowns for graduation ceremonies. Among them are 23 students from Rwanda and one from the U.S. who graduated as the first class of the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda, on Saturday.

Agnes Binagwaho, vice chancellor of the university and a former minister of health in Rwanda, calls UGHE ‘both exceedingly ambitious and urgently needed.’”

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Dr. Agnes Binagwaho at Skoll World Forum on Ebola mitigation

Published by Devex on April 24, 2017

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Former Rwandan Minister of Health to Lead Partners In Health’s Groundbreaking University

Published by the University of Global Health Equity on March 31, 2017

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“Kigali, Rwanda (March 31, 2017)—The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) announces the appointment of Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD, former Rwandan Minister of Health and a champion for health equity, as its new Vice Chancellor.”

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The Heart of Africa’s New Medical School

Published by Project Syndicate on February 1, 2017

By Michael Fairbanks

“SAN FRANCISCO – Rwanda has achieved some of the most dramatic gains in health and poverty-reduction in the world. This small, landlocked African country (the size of Massachusetts, but with twice the population) has developed a primary health-care system with near-universal access to clinical care and insurance. Rwanda has reduced both economic and health-care inequality, and demonstrates how ‘health equity’ helps to build strong societies.

In 2015, the government of Rwanda and the Boston-based Partners In Health (PIH), with the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cummings Foundation, established the private, not-for-profit University of Global Health Equity (UGHE). The university is founded on the principle that every member of a community deserves the same care and opportunity, and focuses on the delivery of quality health care to those who need it most. Agnes Binagwaho, a co-founder of UGHE who is a former minister of health and an adjunct professor at Harvard Medical School, once said to me, ‘Why would I want to raise my children in a nation where all children don’t get the same medical care as they do?’”

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A conversation

Published by the University of Utah on January 26, 2017

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I was invited to speak with students and staff from the College of Social Work, School of Medicine, and the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah.

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Construction on UGHE Paves Way For The Next Generation of Leaders

Published by the University of Global Health Equity on December 11, 2016

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Antoinette Habinshuti, Deputy Executive Director of IMB, Dr. Paul Farmer, PIH Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Dr. Musafiri Papias Marimba, Minister of Education, and Dr. Peter Drobac, Executive Director of UGHE, plant the Visionary Tree to symbolize the beginning of construction of the university. Photo by Aaron Levenson for UGHE

Kigali, Rwanda – The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) will break ground on its Butaro campus, initiating the first phase of construction on a facility that will support over 1,000 students and faculty and convene the world’s leading minds in health care delivery.

‘More than a shift in higher education, UGHE represents a shift in opportunity,’ says Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at UGHE. ‘The university will serve as an intellectual hub for the world’s best and brightest; many of whom will come from Rwanda and, as graduates, drive the success of our health system.’”

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