Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Road Ahead for US Foreign Aid to Africa
Published by the Aspen Ideas Festival Blog on June 18th, 2018
By Agnes Binagwaho
In this blog post, I offer my recommendations for the US entities who provide aid to sub-Saharan Africa, as part of my speaking engagement in the Our Planet, Our Health track at Spotlight Health at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

“Africa was a continent once deemed “hopeless” by the US media. Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, was condemned to an endless cycle of poverty, starvation, and tragedies. Yet in the past 10 years, the region has undergone major transformations thanks to home-grown solutions and outside support. Sub-Saharan Africa’s rise is due to interconnected factors including growing economies, efficient governments, and focused foreign development support, through both governmental and non-profit investment.”

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 31st, 2018

“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.”  

New management training for immunization leaders launches in Rwanda
Published by Yale News on May 15, 2018
“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.”

Words of Wisdom from African Women Moving the World Forward
Published by MasterCard Foundation on April 9th, 2018
By Shona Bezanson

 “When African women come together to discuss transformative leadership, one can’t help but feel amazed, inspired and energized. The African 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.’”

African Women on Top
Published by Project Syndicate on March 8th, 2018

“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”

Rwanda has Universal Health Care – and it’s Working
Published by BLKHLTH on February 28th, 2018
By Paulah Wheeler

“‘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.’”

2017: The Year in Quotes
Published by Partners In Health on Dec 18, 2017
A view of Chiapas, Mexico. Photo by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In Health.
“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”

Read the full article here: https://www.pih.org/article/2017-year-quotes

Vice Chancellor Agnes Binagwaho Inducted to the National Academy of Medicine
Published by the University of Global Health Equity on October 19, 2017
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.”

Bending the Arc, Partners in Health Documentary
October 6th 2017
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 Kos
Produced by: Cori Shepherd Stern, Executive Producers - Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Screened at: Sundance Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival and San Francisco Film Festival
Awards: Best Documentary Feature Film at the Greenwich International Film Festival (2017)

 Find the documentary trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjJmWZrmpcE
For more information on screenings please visit: http://bendingthearcfilm.com/screenings/

Social Media Saves Lives and Makes the World Better
Published by Techonomy on September 18th, 2017
By Agnes Binagwaho
Social media in Africa and all over the world is a critical tool to improve healthcare. Courtesy of Shutterstock.

“Social media is not just for fun, socializing, and commerce. Recent innovations, such as how conversations on Twitter have advanced the debate about global health, the use of Twitter and Facebook to register the satisfaction of medical patients, and many others, should change our preconceptions. More and more, these digital platforms are showing their value as vital agents in communication, saving lives, and serving as vehicles for advocacy and campaigning. It is leading to more efficacy and efficiency in human development and in global health. Such platforms facilitate health management, the exchange of ideas on a global scale, and improve the outcomes of actions as practitioners, experts, and ordinary people share experiences.”

Read the full article:

The secret behind Rwanda’s successful vaccination rollouts
Published by The Conversation on August 10th, 2017
By Agnes Binagwaho
Rwandan girls were targeted in the country’s successful HPV vaccination programme. Shutterstock

The best medical treatment option in the world can’t save a single patient unless it is delivered at the proper time, with the proper plans and processes in place. That’s why implementation science for health matters.”

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 9th 2017

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.

Read the full article here: http://www.ijhpm.com/article_3371.html

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho Appointed Commissioner for the Task Force on Global Advantage
Published by the University of Global Health Equity on June 30th, 2017
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.

Training the next generation of global health leaders in Africa
Published by Devex on May 31st, 2017
By Catherine Cheney

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.’”

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho at Skoll World Forum on Ebola mitigation
Published by Devex on April 24th 2017

Former Rwandan Minister of Health to Lead Partners In Health’s Groundbreaking University
Published by the University of Global Health Equity on March 31st, 2017

“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.”

The Heart of Africa’s New Medical School
Published by Project Syndicate on February 1st, 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?’”

A conversation
Published by the University of Utah on January 26th, 2017
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. Find the full article here:

Construction on UGHE Paves Way For The Next Generation of Leaders
Published by the University of Global Health Equity on December 11th, 2016
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.’”

The Evolution of the Physician Role in the Setting of Increased Non-physician Clinicians
Published by the International Journal of Health Policy and Management on September 13th 2016

In this video, I give a commentary about a paper I worked on explaining the evolution of the physician role published in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM)

Title of paper: The Evolution of the Physician Role in the Setting of Increased Non-physician Clinicians in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Insistence on Timing and Culturally-Sensitive, Purposefully Selected Skill Development;

Video Comment on “Non-physician Clinicians in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Evolving Role of Physicians”

Authors: Agnes Binagwaho; Gabriela Sarriera; Arielle Eagan

Read the full article here