This Gates-funded university has a plan to transform global health education

The University of Global Health Equity. Photo by: Rwandan Government

BUTARO, Rwanda — Arlene Nishime was a newly minted medical doctor in her early twenties when she began interning at a district hospital in her native Rwanda. Such assignments are a standard requirement for those leaving medical school, but her training had left her unprepared for what she saw.

“Probably the most high-tech campus I’ve seen in Africa.”

— Rex Wong, director, Institute of Global Health Equity Education

Like so many other medical professionals working in the lowest resource settings, Nishime quickly realized her job entailed “more than medicine.” Providing medicine to patients without access to clean water or nutritious food can be frustratingly ineffective. And that’s when the drugs are even available to distribute.

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    Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.