Working to close the Equity Gap in Global Healthcare
Founded in 2014, we are a U.S.-based non-profit (501(c)3) working on the development of healthcare systems in Rwanda. We are comprised of volunteers who know intimately the challenges of delivering quality healthcare in the U.S. and abroad but, more importantly, believe in the necessity of healthcare to foster social justice. This belief is the bedrock of our vision and mission.
To live in a world where there is universal equity in healthcare availability and quality.
Health-PACT's mission is to close the Healthcare Equity Gap globally.
We utilize Design, Systems Thinking, and cross-disciplinary collaboration to make an impact that closes the gap between what is possible in medicine and what is available medically in resource-limited communities.
1. Identify & quantitate health equity gaps
Every person deserves access to the full power of medicine
2. Empathy & design strategy to close the gaps
We aim to maximize the ability of community partners to design their own solutions to closing the equity gap, we support those ideas
3. Strategic planning and business consulting to manage change
Sound management is always necessary for change
4. Health programs to close the health equity gap
Supporting community ideas to close the health equity gap
5. Connecting partners with the community
Outside expertise to address needs we cannot ourselves
6. Longitudinal close collaboration
There is no substitute for time spent working closely with collaborators.
Deliverables - Strategy
University of Gitwe Strategic Plan 2017
Deliverables - Programs
Gitwe Hospital Hand Sanitizer and Hand Hygiene Program
Deliverables - Partnerships
MASS Design Conceptual Master Plan for the University of Gitwe
Deliverables - Medical Education
In partnership with Kigali Medical University Foundation helped raise thousands of dollars for Rwandan medical student education
Supporting the education of aspiring physicians, nurses and scientists in rural Rwanda
The Students of Gitwe
The University of Gitwe Medical School accepted its first students in 2013. It is the second medical school in Rwanda, first private medical school, and most importantly, first to focus on the healthcare of rural communities. Nearly 400 medical students depend on Gitwe University to fulfill their dreams of becoming physicians and giving back to their country and their community.
The Journey of University of Gitwe Medical Students
Emmanuel, Thaina, and Bienfait have found a home
at the University of Gitwe
About the University of Gitwe
Growing the healthcare workforce in Rwanda through education and community service
University of Gitwe
The second medical school in Rwanda and the first dedicated to the health of rural communities.
Founded by the Association of Parents of Gitwe (APAG) in 1993 as the "Institut Superieur Pedagogique de Gitwe" to provide a higher education opportunity for local students in rural, southwestern Rwanda, the University of Gitwe in 2017 has over 1,600 students enrolled in five degree programs - Medicine (440), Nursing (817), Biomedical Sciences (213), Computer Sciences (72) and Education (93). Over the years, thousands have students have earned Bachelors Degrees from the Faculties of Nursing, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science and Management. In 2013, ISPG became just the second institution in Rwanda to offer a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery degree. Over 30 faculty members from around Africa deliver a rigorous five year medical education curriculum that involves training at community health centers, rural hospitals, and national referral centers.
Gitwe District Hospital
District Hospital for Ruhango and home teaching hospital for University of Gitwe students
Originally opened in 1997 in a converted local health center, Gitwe Hospital today serves as the Hospital for the District of Ruhango, the safety net medical center for over 300,000 people and is transforming itself into a robust academic teaching hospital for students from the University of Gitwe. Over 12,000 patients are seen annually and counting, about half of whom are admitted for in-patient care. With about $600,000 USD in annual revenue (mostly from the Rwandan national health insurance program Mutuelles de Sante), Gitwe Hospital is also a critical driver of the local economy with over 150 employees including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, emergency providers, administrators, and support staff. Through formal and informal collaborations with local NGOs, international medical service organizations, and universities in the United States including the University of Nebraska (Medical Education, Service) and Stanford University (Digital Medic, medical curriculum), Gitwe Hospital has become a hub for local social services and global collaborations.
The University of Gitwe is located in Gitwe, Rwanda in the Southwestern Province. Over 1,600 students are enrolled in five programs - Medicine, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, and Education.
Tim Singer, MD, MS
Originally from New York City, Tim Singer completed a dual MD and Masters of Science in Environment & Resources at Stanford University. Before graduate school he worked in Mali for the first biofuel firm in West Africa and in South Africa at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB/HIV. He is now a pediatric resident in Texas.
Ian Holmen, MD
Originally from a town of 1,000 people in northern Minnesota, Ian Holmen completed his MD degree at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public health. He has previously worked for the University of Wisconsin and the United States Antarctic Program. He is passionate about bringing quality care to rural, remote, and underserved parts of the world.
Originally from Shanghai, Paul Zhu completed a dual MBA/MS at Stanford University. Before graduate school, he worked in McKinsey & Company Shanghai and London office, focusing on corporate strategy and turnover design. Paul graduated from Peking University with a B.A. in Finance. He is passionate about driving fundamental changes of organizations, and thus bring scaled impacts to society.
Health-PACT team in Gitwe
Tim Singer (left), Ian Holmen (middle), Paul Zhu (right)