Agnes Binagwaho

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Dr. Agnes-Binagwaho

Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan pediatrician and the former vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity (2017-2022). Born 1955 in Rwanda, In 1996, she returned to Rwanda where she provided clinical care in the public sector as well as held many positions including the position of Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health of Rwanda from October 2008 until May 2011 and Minister of Health from May 2011 until July 2016. She has been a Professor of Global Health Delivery Practice since 2016 and a Professor of Pediatrics since 2017 at the University of Global Health Equity. She resides in Kigali.


  • All life is very precious, but the beginning is magic".
  • "You are a human being and you just come out of water, discover the world and you scream.
  • For the majority of births on Earth, I think, it's a joy, this new life. It's a mission that each human has — protecting life, giving life, continuing life.
  • This call to action need not be answered alone; let us work together as a global team to change the status quo and demand health equity for all
  • Come back home and help transform the whole of Africa into a land that has a promised future for you and the generation to come.
  • Be the best at what you do, that’s first. And second, focus on the most vulnerable, and never try to save the people without them participating.
    • Agnes Binagwaho | Focus on the Most Vulnerable” in Global Health Strategy. (January 31, 2022)
  • Before putting physiology and biochemistry in the heads of our students, we need to put global health principles in their hearts.
    • Agnes Binagwaho Focus on the Most Vulnerable” in Global Health Strategy. (January 31, 2022)
  • We don’t know what tomorrow brings, but we need to apply that.
    • Agnes Binagwaho | Focus on the Most Vulnerable” in Global Health Strategy. (January 31, 2022)
  • We have a different style of leadership, more inclusive, more empathetic, more caring for little children and this makes the difference.
  • When I was a little mouse, I tried to make as much noise as a lion. When I became stronger, I made less noise because the objective was to change. And sometimes to change, you better study and try to do it without screaming too much.
  • Gender inequity is the norm in the majority of professions even in global health.
  • I have learned that if we focus on women’s education, we improve positively ,just as the well-being of the community will change.
  • My dream at the end of every day is to close my eyes, knowing that the access to prevention, care and treatment has improved for Rwandan children and people of the world.
  • We believe that everyone, including the most vulnerable, deserves quality healthcare. Healthcare is a right and not a commodity.
  • Even if we are happy that they have a house, that they have access to basic sanitation and basic care, it is row upon row of people who are suffering, and you can feel it.
  • The more our students are spread across the world to serve vulnerable populations, the more we will be able to change the world.
  • "Equity is in the heart," she says. "Meaning you always make sure to include everybody, leave nobody out."
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