Agnes Binagwaho

Former Minister of Health, Kigali, Rwanda

Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan pediatrician who specializes in emergency pediatrics, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS. She worked for 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, as the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health from 2008 to 2011, and from 2011 to July 2016 as the minister of health. 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. Agnes 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 the Roux Prize 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. Between 1986 to 2002, she practiced medicine in public hospitals in Rwanda and several other countries. Agnes earned a medical degree and a master's in pediatrics and was awarded a Ph.D. from the College of Business and Economics at the University of Rwanda.


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