Dr. Anita Asiimwe, MSH’s Chief of Party of the USAID THRIVE Health Systems Strengthening Next (HSS NEXT) project in Rwanda, has 20 years’ experience improving health systems in Rwanda. A former Rwandan Minister of State in charge of public health and primary health care, Asiimwe is a seasoned public health expert and a leader in Rwanda’s health sector.
Before joining MSH, Dr. Asiimwe led the Rwandan agency that developed and implemented national early childhood development strategies; co-led agencies that were responsible for setting strategies in multiple infectious disease areas, including HIV/AIDS; and was instrumental in developing the first national noncommunicable diseases policy and strategy.
Dr. Asiimwe served as a Global Fund Board member representing the Eastern and Southern Africa Constituency and co-chaired the Global Fund Board Strategy, Investment, and Impact Committee. She is a founding member of the Africa Constituency Bureau, an advocacy body that supports African leadership to effectively advocate for increased resources at the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. Dr. Asiimwe is a medical doctor and holds a master’s in public health from the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom.