The Equity Imperative


Building and Strengthening a National Health System in Rwanda

Details: Hart House and Partners In Health Canada are pleased to host a breakfast discussion featuring Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity, and the former Minister of Health for Rwanda (2011-2016).

When: Wed., May 17, 2017, doors open at 8:15 am / 8:30-10 am
Where: East Common Room, Hart House
Cost:  $5 / Register online

Dr. Binagwaho’s work was recently featured in the documentary film, Bending the Arc, which was released as part of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, trailer here.

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho portraitDr. Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan pediatrician who served as the Minister of Health of Rwanda for 5 years, from May 2011 until July 2016. After practicing as a pediatrician for over 15 years, Dr. Binagwaho led the National AIDS Control Commission between 2002 and 2008. She then served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health from 2008 until 2011. Dr. Binagwaho serves on many academic boards academic. Her 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. She chairs the Rwanda Pediatric Society, is a member of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. Dr. Binagwaho is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a 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. She is active in advocacy and political mobilisation on behalf of women and children, in Rwanda and worldwide.

This initiative is a partnership between Hart House, Partners in Health, and the University of Global Health Equity, as well as the Faculty of Medicine, the Global Health Diplomacy Program and the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

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