Rwandan Doctor Wins Award from Harvard Medical School

Dr Christian Ntizimira, a Rwandan Physician and Palliative care activist, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Harvard Global Health Catalyst: Distinguished Young Leader Award.’ This took place during the annual Global Health Catalyst Summit at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States on April 28. Dr Ntizimira was recognised for his extensive work in global health, his approach and advocacy around the integration of Palliative Care in health systems. His active role in the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Control was another aspect that was acknowledged. In his award accepting speech, Dr Ntizimira thanked the Ministry of Health and the Government of Rwanda for providing a platform through which such advocacy can be done. “The Ministry of Health has created a platform on which advocates, activists, and civil societies can continue to work with our government to support the implementation and integration of Palliative Care in Rwanda,” he said. Awardees are nominated and chosen by the Harvard Global Health Catalyst organising committee and past winners. Also honoured with the 2017 Distinguished Global Health Catalyst Award were: David Kerr (Professor, University of Oxford), Winner of the Harvard Global Health Catalyst: Distinguished Leader Award. Ahmed Elzawawy (President of ICEDOC: International Campaign for Establishment and Development of Oncology Centers), Winner of the Harvard Global Health Catalyst: African Ambassador Award. Melvin Foote (President of Constituency for Africa), Winner of the Harvard Global Catalyst: African Diaspora Ambassador Award Dikembe Mutombo (NBA Legend and Basket Ball Hall of Fame), Winner of the Harvard Global Catalyst: Humanitarian Award.

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