About me

Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD was appointed Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda in 2011 after serving as Permanent Secretary since 2008. She obtained her medical training and masters degree as a paediatrician, specializing in emergency, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS, in Belgium and France and practiced medicine for over 15 years in public hospitals before joining Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission as Executive Secretary in 2002.

Dr. Binagwaho served 4 years as Chair of the Rwandan Steering Committee for the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and was responsible for the management of the World Bank MAP Project in Rwanda, while also serving on the country’s High Commission on Aid Policy. She also chaired the Rwanda Country Coordinating Mechanism of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and co-chaired the Salzburg Global Seminar “Innovating for Value in Health Care Delivery: better cross-border learning, smarter adaptation and adoption.”  Dr. Binagwaho co-chaired the Millennium Development Goal Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines, under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, served as the global Co-Chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA), and was a Steering Committee Member for the Multi-Country Support Program on SSR/HIV/AIDS, an advisory body of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and founding Board Member of the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa (TICH), based in Kisumu, Kenya.  Other leadership roles include her position as Chair of the Rwanda Pediatric Society and membership on the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries.

Dr. Binagwaho’s academic engagements include research on health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, serves on the International Advisory Board of Lancet Global Health, the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine and of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, and contributed to multiple books, including the recently published book by Oxford University Press titled African Health Leaders, edited by Francis Omaswa and Nigel Crisp.

Dr. Binagwaho is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Harvard University, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, and a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. She also serves on the International Strategic Advisory Board for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.

Dr. Binagwaho received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth College in 2010. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Rwanda.  In 2015, Dr. Binagwaho received the annual Roux Prize from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on behalf of the Rwandan Ministry of Health's for promoting the use of Global Burden of Disease data to improve health. In 2015, Dr. Binagwaho also received the Ronald McDonald House Charities annual Pediatric Excellence award on behalf of the Rwandan Ministry of Health's continued dedication to improving the lives of children facing illness.  Dr. Binagwaho continues to be active in advocacy and political mobilization on behalf of women and children, in Rwanda and worldwide.