University of Global Health Equity


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The University of Global Health Equity, UGHE is positioned as a leader in the field of equitable global health care delivery. The University has a local and international network of faculty who are experts in global health delivery, strategic problem solving, monitoring and evaluation, quality improvement, leadership and management, and implementation science. These faculty, and our staff, are leaders in the field of global health and would serve as invaluable mentors to Fogarty fellows.

Located in rural Rwanda, our campus is an ideal location for a Fogarty fellow to experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of delivering high quality health care and global health education in a rural setting. Our newly-constructed, state-of-the-art facilities will serve as a unique and enriching place in which to conduct research and learn strategies for addressing new, neglected, and emerging global health issues, with a mindset for community involvement, strategic thinking, and equity.

The Site Director

Professor Agnes BinagwahoProfessor Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity

Professor Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan pediatrician who completed her MD in General Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics MA at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She returned to Rwanda in 1996. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, with her PhD Dissertation titled “Children’s Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic”.

Professor Binagwaho was named Vice Chancellor of the Partners In Health initiative, the University of Global Health Equity, in 2017. From 2002-2016, she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and then during five years as the Minister of Health. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Site Mentors

Dr. Jean Baptiste MazaratiDr. Jean Baptiste Mazarati

Dr. Mazarati is a Rwandan graduated from Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC). He is currently the head of Biomedical Services (National Reference Laboratory, National Center for Blood Transfusion and Medical Infrastructure and Technology) at the Rwanda Biomedical Center, the Chairperson of the Rwanda National Ethics Committee and the Chair of the National Taskforce for Containment of Poliomyelitis.Dr. Mazarati is uniquely qualified in molecular biology in general, and in molecular oncology and hematology in a particular way. He is trained in laboratory techniques related to molecular diagnosis, human tissue engineering, blood and bone marrow processing.

He has a Master’s Degree in molecular biology from the University of Namur (Belgium), a Master’s degree in Moral Theology with a focus on Bioethics from (Boston College, Massachusetts) and a PhD in Tumor Biology from Georgetown University (Oncology Department at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center).

In his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Molecular Features of Human Bone Marrow Stem Cells”, He shows that a small population of bone marrow cells termed hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells exhibit an invasive phenotype and can be expanded in vitro whilst maintaining their phenotype and molecular characteristics. This can provide a step forward in adult stem cell research with potential implications for bone marrow transplantation.

Dr. Abebe BekeleDr. Abebe Bekele

Dr. Abebe Bekele (MD, FCS) is UGHE’s founding Dean of Health Sciences. A General and Thoracic Surgeon by training, he comes to UGHE after serving as the Dean of the School of Medicine at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, where he still holds an appointment as Professor of Surgery. Dr. Abebe is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), and served as a Member of council and then as Chairman of the examinations and credentials committee at the college. Dr. Abebe also has fellowships from the American College of Surgeons, the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). Dr. Abebe has published more than 50 original articles, case reports, and book chapters in international journals and is a recipient of many regional and international awards and recognitions.

Dr. Abebe has served as CEO of the Black Lion Teaching and Referral Hospital in Ethiopia and Dean of the School of Medicine of Addis Ababa University. He has a vast experience in education leadership in Ethiopia and has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and fellowship levels through simulation-based teaching. He is actively engaged in the Global Safe Surgery and Anesthesia Initiative and has served as a senior advisor to the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia in the Saving Lives Through Safe Surgery (SaLTS) flagship initiative. He is married and a father of three daughters.

Dr. Marshall ThomasDr. Marshall Thomas

Dr. Marshall Thomas is a member of the faculty at the School of Medicine at UGHE. Dr. Thomas did his PhD in Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard and completed a post-doctoral teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School, focusing on online education in the Health Sciences. Dr. Thomas has conducted research in diverse fields – from stem cell biology, immunology, and RNA biology to education research and bibliometrics. He is comfortable with a wide array of research methods, from laboratory-based research to computational approaches that rely on advanced statistics. His current research focuses on using data analytics to better understand and address inequities in publication in health-related fields, but he also mentors students in health delivery and public health-related research projects.

Phaedra HenleyPhaedra Henley

Phaedra Henley (PhD, MES, BMSc) is the One Health Faculty Director at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda. She oversees the development of its One Health programming including research, training and community and student engagement as well as currently runs its Master of Science in Global Health Delivery program. Prior to joining UGHE, Dr. Henley worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Program Coordinator for the Africa Institute at Western University, Canada where she contributed to establishing, implementing, and teaching two new graduate programs in global health. Dr. Henley has a PhD in Pathology, a MSc in Environment and Sustainability, and a BMSc in Medical Sciences. Her research interests include investigating the relationship between environmental and human health.