Rwanda’s minister of health, Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, a trained pediatrician, has won the Roux Prize, a US$100,000 award, for playing a “key role in rebuilding Rwanda’s war-torn health system and created initiatives to improve indoor air quality and combat neonatal deaths.”

Dr. Binagwaho is the second winner of the prize and, according to the Washington-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, it is the largest prize of its kind.

On Wednesday, the minister tweeted that the funds will be “invested in KUZA Foundation to promote education of Rwandan children and beyond” and that she dreams of a “proud, healthy, educated Africa with enough wealth for all” among other things.

Roux Prize will be invested in KUZA Foundation to promote education of #Rwandan children and beyond #Rwanda, African culture and its…

— Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) October 21, 2015

#African culture & its traditional positive values. I dream of a proud, healthy, educated #Africa with enough wealth 4 all created by….

— Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) October 21, 2015

… by the promotion of our cultural heritage as HE @PaulKagame did in Rwanda #Agaciro

— Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) October 21, 2015

She also said that the prize is a recognition of government efforts in using evidence-based policies, strategies and actions that are citizen-centred.

I won the Roux Prize because I work for the government of #Rwanda which use evidenced based policies strategies & actions that are ….

— Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) October 21, 2015

The pediatrician said it is a “victory for all health workers in Rwanda.”

The Roux Prize is a victory of all health workers in #Rwanda; from the 45000 CHWs & thousands of nurses & hundreds of doctors, who …

— Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) October 21, 2015

Dr. Binagwaho was presented with the Roux Prize at a ceremony in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, 21 October.

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