Climate Change, Child Survival, and the Future of Global Health Equity

Symposium 2019

January 26-27, 2019
Kigali Marriott Hotel
Kigali, Rwanda

Emerging threats of disease, famine, drought, and natural disasters continue to exploit fragile health systems. Combatting these epidemics requires a cadre of multidisciplinary professionals, trained in understanding the complexity of disease and eager to tackle the world’s greatest health challenges. At the forefront of this movement is One Health, a framework that emphasizes the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the environment, and aims to bridge these previously siloed disciplines.

The University of Global Health Equity is convening clinicians, community health workers, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and researchers at its inaugural One Health symposium,  “Climate Change, Child Survival, and the Future of Global Health Equity.” The Symposium will highlight leaders in climate change, under-five child health, and animal health through keynote speeches, panel discussions, and small group collaborations focused on addressing the burden of disease through a multisectoral approach. By fostering an understanding of the complex interplay among health-care systems, climate change, animal health, and the social determinants of health, the Symposium aims to advance policy and shape global research agendas.

Speakers include influential leaders from global health and academia:

Hellen Amuguni
Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University 
Deborah Kochevar
Provost and Senior Vice President ad interim, Tufts University
Abebe Bekele
Dean of Health Sciences, UGHE and Professor of Surgery at Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine in Ethiopia
Phil Landrigan
Founding Director of Boston College’s Global Public Health Program
Agnes Binagwaho
Vice Chancellor, UGHE and Professor of Pediatrics
Gabriel Leung
Dean of Medicine and Zimmern Professor in Population Health at the University of Hong Kong
Peggy Clark
Vice President of Policy Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group
Joel Mubiligi
Executive Director, Inshuti Mu Buzima/Partners In Health
Francis Collins
Director, National Institutes of Health
Anthony Monaco
President, Tufts University
Phil Cotton
Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda and a Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Glasgow Medical School of Medicine
Honorable Dr. Eugene Mutimura
Minister of Education, Rwanda
Joyce and Bill Cummings
Cummings Foundation
Irene Naigaga
Veterinarian and the Regional Program Manager for One Health Central and Eastern Africa 
George Daley
Dean of Medicine and the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Mabel Nangami
Dean of the School of Public Health at Moi University and a Professor in Health Policy and Management
Victor Dzau
President of U.S. National Academy of Medicine and Vice Chair of US National Research Council
Ntakirutimana Theoneste
Associate Professor and Acting Head of Environmental Health Sciences in the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Paul Farmer
Chief Strategist and Co-Founder, Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, 
Martin Ntawubizi
Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rwanda
Wondwossen Gebreyes
Executive Director, Ohio State Global One Health Initiative
Charles Prober
Founding Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Health Education and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Health Education as well as a Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology
Roger Glass
Director, National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center
Anne E. Sumner
Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Ethnicity and Health, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health
Gary Gottlieb
CEO, Partners In Health
Rex Wong
Director of Institute of Global Health, UGHE 
Donna Hackley
Pediatric Dentist, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Principal Investigator, Human Resources for Health (HRH) Rwanda Dentistry
Getnet Yimer
Eastern Africa Regional Director at the Global One Health Initiative at Ohio State University
Phaedra Henley
Director of One Health, UGHE and Assistant Professor in One Health, UGHE 

Program Agenda

Download the full Symposium schedule here.


The registration period for UGHE’s inaugural Symposium has closed.

Getting to Rwanda

We recommend booking your flight as soon as possible to take advantage of cost savings. Flying to Rwanda takes about 24-30 hours when traveling from North or South America, but may take fewer hours when coming from other parts of the world. Transcontinental flights usually go through London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Istanbul, or Doha. Some of the airlines that often fly to Rwanda include but are not limited to:

  • KLM 
  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines 
  • Brussels Airlines
  • RwandAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines 
  • Kenya Airways
  • South African Airways 

You will note that most flights land in Kigali in the evening. Due to evening airline arrivals, some may choose to arrive early and spend a day on their own, getting to know Kigali and settling in. For those who plan on arriving early, a list of suggested sites to visit will be sent along in advance of the Symposium.

Citizens from all countries can receive a 30 day visa upon arrival with no prior application.

For more information, download UGHE’s Visitor’s Guide.

Where to Stay

There are many options for hotels in Kigali. The Symposium will take place at the Kigali Marriott, and therefore we recommend booking rooms at very reasonable rates directly through the Marriott website. The Radisson Blu and Lemigo Hotel are also convenient options and are in close proximity to UGHE’s Kigali Office. Shuttle service from designated pick-up points to the Symposium hotel will be provided. 


Featured PartnerKPMG

Supporting Partners

Henry Ford Health SystemRobert Wood Johnson Foundation

Program PartnerTufts University

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