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Rwandan Health Minister Dr Agnes Binagwaho presents NIH global health lecture

May / June 2015 | Volume 14, Issue 3

​Rwandan Minister of Health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a strong supporter of biomedical research, has been invited to deliver the annual David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at NIH.

Headshot of Dr Agnes Binagwaho
Photo by Stephanie Novak

Rwandan Health Minister Dr. Agnes
Binagwaho will deliver a global health
lecture at NIH on July 29.

Her presentation, titled "Medical Research and Capacity Building for Development: The Experience of Rwanda," is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in Masur Auditorium on the Bethesda campus. The event honors the late Dr. David Barmes, a public health dentist and epidemiologist, for his career spent improving health in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The talk is co-sponsored by NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and Fogarty, and will be webcast live and archived for future viewing.

Binagwaho has spoken frequently about the value of research and capacity building at her country’s medical and academic institutions in helping relieve the disease burden that weighs on Rwandan and other LMIC populations. Before becoming minister in 2011, she had served as permanent secretary of health, as executive secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission and as a physician in public hospitals for over 15 years. She trained in pediatrics, specialized in emergency neonatology and the treatment of HIV/AIDS, and earned her doctoral degree from the University of Rwanda in 2014. She holds positions at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, where she teaches courses in health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies for health, and pediatric care delivery systems.

NIH supports a range of research and training collaborations with Rwandan scientists, such as clinical trials of an HIV vaccine, development of research skills to study cervical and other cancers, and investigations of how intimate partner violence affects health.

The event will be webcast on the NIH Videocasting site.

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