Christian Rusangwa, MD


Christian Rusangwa, MD is a trained physician with a passion for global health working for Partners In Health as a Deputy Chief Medical Officer in charge of Chronic Care, and finishing a Master of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Liverpool. In his current role he is also a member of the senior leadership team at Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima; where he is responsible for providing support and guidance in the area of district health system strengthening building in relation to the decentralization of NCDs care based on the Rwandan Ministry of Health Sector Strategic Plan III and PIH strategic plan.

Dr. Rusangwa’s role includes supporting the provision of NCDs care at the district hospitals and health centers in Rwinkwavu, Kirehe and Burera. In his capacity as the Deputy CMO, Dr. Rusangwa also works with the Rwanda Biomedical Center NCDs and mental health divisions to devise strategies to expand specialty care in the primary health care system. He has been co-leading an innovation project on the integration of mental health in primary care service funded by the Grand Challenge Canada. He is involved in several implementation research activities as principal investigator and co-investigator and won an emerging young talent in research award in 2015 and received an exemplary leader award at Partners In Health in 2014.

For the past 10 years, Dr. Rusangwa has been involved in several public health endeavors from the community level as a grassroots activist volunteering for Rwanda Village Concept Project in 2005. He then worked as an intern and later on as attending physician at Kirehe and Butaro hospitals between 2010 and 2012. In 2011, he got involved with the Clinton Health Access Initiative for a study looking at the unit cost of providing ARVs in Rwanda. In mid- to late-2012, Dr. Rusangwa served as a camp physician in a Congolese refugee camp hosting about 14,000 refugees. There he had the task of leading the provision of care for refugees and ensuring adequate referrals were in place. He is interested in implementation science and getting involved in community service as a volunteer in his spare time. Dr. Rusangwa has an interest in design and implementation of service delivery platforms as well as economic evaluations.