Global health leadership is dominated by the most privileged: it’s white men from high-income countries who set the agenda and make decisions. In honour of #BlackHistoryMonth, Results Canada pays tribute to Black leaders in global health who are paving the way for equity in health.
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4. Ambassador Dr. John N. Nkengasong
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (PEPFAR lead)
Born in Cameroon, Dr. Nkengasong is the first person of African origin to lead the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In 2017, Dr. Nkengasong was appointed as the first Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Through his leadership, a framework for moving Africa CDC into a fully autonomous health agency of the Africa Union was established. He also led the COVID-19 response in Africa, coordinating with heads of state and governments across the continent, among other achievements to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
5. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho
Co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity
Professor Agnes Binagwaho is the co-founder and the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners In Health focused on changing the way health care is delivered around the world by training the next generation of global health professionals to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. She is a Rwandan pediatrician who has served the health sector in various 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 for five years as Minister of Health. With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, her research interests include health equity and human rights, implementation science, and improving care delivery systems.