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Agnes Binagwaho

Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity


Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD is a Rwandan pediatrician who specializes in emergency pediatrics, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS. From 1986 to 2002, she practiced medicine in public hospitals in Rwanda and several other countries. In addition to her medical degree and master’s in pediatrics, in 2014 she was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the College of Business and Economics at the University of Rwanda.
She worked 20 years in the public health sector in Rwanda and served in high-level government positions, such as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission from 2002 to 2008, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health from 2008 to 2011, and from 2011 to July 2016 as the Minister of Health.
She chaired the Rwanda Country Coordinating Mechanism of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS (CCM), Tuberculosis, and Malaria and the Steering Committee of the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She co-chaired the Millennium Development Goal Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines for the Secretary-General of the United Nations under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs.
She now chairs the Rwandan Pediatric Society and is a member of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries.
In 2015, she received two awards: the 2015 Roux Prize through the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) for her use of Global Burden of Diseases data to reduce infant mortality in Rwanda, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence for her contribution to improving the health of children.
She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.


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