• About Health-PACT

    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.

  • Our Method

    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.


    Thank you!









    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.

  • Health-PACT Partners

    The Kigali Medical University Foundation is one of the original supporters of the University of Gitwe Faculty of Medicine.

    In 2017 and 2018 Heath-PACT partnered with KMUF to raise funds to improve education opportunities and the University of Gitwe Medical School.

    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.


    You can read more at the University of Gitwe website.

  • Original Supporting Organizations




  • TEAM

    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

    Programs Manager

    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.

    Paul Zhu

    Business Strategist

    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)