Dr. Diane Gashumba was the Minister of Health for Rwanda from 2016-2020. She also served as Minister of Gender and Family Promotion and as Deputy Chief of Party for The Rwanda Family Health Project. She is a senior pediatrician, seasoned global health leader, and gender advocate. She currently serves as a board member for Roll Back Malaria and was recently nominated by the WHO Director General as co-chair of the Digital Health Advisory Group.
Dr. Gashumba has led major reforms for primary health care in Rwanda, including providing better access to community health services and expanding access to primary healthcare by reducing the walking distance to the health facility. In addition to this, she led the way to surpassing the UNAIDS 2020 goals in Rwanda, putting the country on track to achieve HIV epidemic control and launching the first ever Ebola vaccine campaign in Rwanda.
As the former President of the National Women Council, she is a leading global advocate for investment in gender equality and health rights as well as the wellbeing of girls and women, specifically focusing on reproductive health and economic empowerment. She has worked closely with WHO, USAID, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNITAID, S.C. Johnson, Johnson & Johnson, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and AMREF Health Africa to bridge gaps in gender and health equity.