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Agnes Binagwaho        

Vice-Chancellor at the University of Global Health Equity; Global Health & Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School

Agnes Binagwaho is a pediatrician, vice-chancellor, and professor of pediatrics at the University of Global Health Equity, a senior lecturer in the Pediatric Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct clinical professor of pediatrics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

She also serves as a senior advisor to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). With over two decades of experience in the public health sector, Binagwaho previously served in the Rwandan government as executive secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, permanent secretary of the Rwanda Ministry of Health, and health minister from 2011 to 2016. She has over 150 peer-reviewed publications.

Binagwaho has stated that her goal is to improve access to care, prevention, and treatment for Rwandan children and people the world over. Binagwaho believes that healthcare is a basic human right. As a practicing pediatrician, her heart was broken when she witnessed children dying from being too poor to afford treatment for their illnesses.

Binagwaho was born in Rwanda, but when she was three years old, she and her family moved to Belgium, where her father was completing his medical degree (MD). Binagwaho continued to live abroad until returning to Rwanda in July of 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi.


How women are revolutionizing Rwanda
In 1996, Agnes Binagwaho returned home to Rwanda in the aftermath of its genocide. She considered leaving amid the overwhelming devastation, but women in her community motivated her to stay and help rebuild -- and she's glad she did. In an inspiring talk, Binagwaho reflects on her work as Rwanda's former Minister of Health and discusses her new women's education initiative for the country, which strives to create one of the greatest levels of gender equality worldwide.
The Rockefeller Foundation Appoints Two Esteemed Leaders to ...
21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation announced today the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees: Dr. Agnes Binagwaho  ...
What a medical school on a Rwandan hilltop can teach the United ...
... a healthy and productive life,” said Agnes Binagwaho, a Rwandan physician and vice chancellor of the university that opens its permanent campus this month.

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