The former Rwandan Minister of Health and executive secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, Binagwaho is a champion of global health. Born in Rwanda and raised in Belgium, Binagwaho returned to Rwanda in 1996, two years after the Rwandan Genocide, to work as a pediatrician. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and vice chancellor of Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity.
In searching for her own identity, Binagwaho researched Rwanda’s tumultuous history to better serve all its people.
Binagwaho speaks about how a chance meeting with Paul Farmer brought Partners In Health to Rwanda.
Binagwaho says future leaders should acknowledge that they can be good at many things and follow that advice where it leads.
Binagwaho chose to dedicate her life to those without power by creating health systems that benefit her people.
A “quick solution is the enemy of sustainability,” says Binagwaho. Resilience kept her and her partners on track when establishing enduring systems.
“Changing the world for good means giving people the knowledge to do so,” says Binagwaho on the founding of Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity.