University Of Global Health Equity In Rwanda Can Serve As Model For Reinventing Global Health Education, Vice Chancellor Says

Devex: Opinion: A medical school for the future that Africa needs
Agnes Binagwaho, Rwandan pediatrician and the vice chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, and Miriam Frisch, research associate to Dr. Binagwaho

“…The newly established University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda is aiming … to reinvent global health education — and as a result, transform how health care is delivered. A key goal is to develop a new crop of clinicians and health program managers. … In Rwanda and across the continent, we need clinicians who are ready to serve people where they live, who practice cultural humility, and who truly take the time to listen to their patients and allow them the agency to make their own informed health decisions. It is critical for health care professionals to understand not only diseases and symptoms, but the central role of social determinants in health. … UGHE can serve as a model for the future of health education in Africa and in the rest of the developing world. We cannot simply cut and paste American or European medical education systems — our communities’ needs are different, and we must have a persistent focus on delivering the best results for them, to the best of our potential…” (9/12).