Former Rwanda Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho Discusses Use Of PEPFAR Funds, Program’s Impact In Devex Interview
Devex: Q&A: How Rwanda focused PEPFAR funds on ‘people-centric, not disease-centric’ care
“When the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funds first arrived in Rwanda in 2004, the country had many people with little access to treatment. But the way the government used the funds has created a lasting legacy for its health system, in part due to the work of Agnes Binagwaho. Binagwaho, now vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity and former Rwanda minister of health, is a strong advocate for countries using donor funds to further their country plans. … As PEPFAR marks its 15th anniversary, Devex spoke with Binagwaho about the program, its impacts in Rwanda, and what’s needed both in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to improve health systems…” (Saldinger, 6/11).