Dr. Diane Gashumba is the Minister of Health in the Republic of Rwanda and has been since October 4, 2016. Prior to this position, she served as the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion from March 29, 2016. Minister Gashumba is a pediatrician by profession bringing 17 years’ experience in global maternal, new-born and child health with focus to gender issues. She worked with USAID funded Rwanda Family Health Project as Senior Team leader for quality and as Deputy Chief of Party focusing on improving the quality of and access to services in Maternal, Child and New Born Health, Family Planning, Reproductive Health, HIV, Nutrition, Malaria and Gender Equality.
Dr. Gashumba has a strong background in management and clinical experience especially in managing maternal, new born and child health programs, including 3 years as Director of Hospital. As a strategist at building capacity and improving quality within the Rwandan Health system, she has led the design and implementation of the baseline assessment and midterm evaluation of the quality of Maternal New born and Child Health care in 2015 and participated to various surveys and abstracts, such as the health seeking behaviors of pregnant women, Immunitum study, integration of HIV services into MCH, and assessment of available equipment in health facilities in Rwanda.
Minister Gashumba holds a MD degree from the University of Rwanda and a Master of Medicine specializing in pediatrics.