Minister Agnes Binagwaho Says $100,000 Roux Prize Award Will Go To Charity

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.

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

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

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

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