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How US-Rwanda Relations Are Turning Around Health Sector

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US Global AIDs Coordinator Amb. Eric Goosby speaks to the press following his meeting with President Kagame at Urugwiro Village- Kigali,

Nearly 100 US faculty members in various medical fields will be coming to Rwanda for one-year placements for a period of seven consecutive years.

Ambassador Goosby said the initiative aims to develop a system that will strengthen healthcare in Rwanda providing skills to medical practitioners:

President Kagame with Amb. Eric Goosby, Amb. Donald W. Koran, Ms. Carrie Whitlock, Ms. Lynn Adrian, Ms. Pratima Raghunathan at Urugwiro Village- Kigali

“Our discussions with the President looked at sustainability and accountability of the program. We are going to work together with the Government of Rwanda to identify areas where support can make the biggest impact.

This initiative has the support of various stakeholders including the US Government, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and other governments like Belgium.”


President Kagame receives Amb. Eric Goosby, Amb. Donald W. Koran, Ms. Carrie Whitlock, Ms. Lynn Adrian, Ms. Pratima Raghunathan at Urugwiro Village- Kigali,

The Minister of Education, Dr. Vincent Biruta said President Kagame emphasized the aspect of sustainability as well as accountability of the program, and pointed out that this initiative should also work as a model to other African nations so that they can also benefit.

The Minister of health, on her part, expressed optimism and said the initiative will increase capacities in Rwanda’s health sector three-fold:

Rwandan Minister of Health Binagwaho speaks to press about Human Resource in Health Initiative at Urugwiro Village- Kigali,

“We have managed to achieve a lot of milestones but we are reaching our limit. This initiative will give the necessary skills that we need to tackle diseases by multiplying the capacities and quality of healthcare that we have right now.”

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