Marie Aimée Muhimpundu

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Two decades ago, the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda led to the deaths of 1 million people, and the displacement of millions more. Injury and trauma were followed by the effects of a devastated health system and economy. In the years that followed, a new course set by a new government set into motion equity-oriented national policies focusing on(More)
BACKGROUND In response to the potential threat of an influenza pandemic, several international institutions and governments, in partnership with African countries, invested in the development of epidemiologic and laboratory influenza surveillance capacity in Africa and the African Network of Influenza Surveillance and Epidemiology (ANISE) was formed. (More)
In May, 2013, the World Health Assembly approved a global monitoring and evaluation framework for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This framework calls for a 25% reduction in deaths from cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, and diabetes in individuals aged 30–70 years by 2025, or “25 × 25”. Although we(More)
Despite an estimated 456,000 deaths caused by cancer in sub-Saharan Africa in 2012 and a cancer burden that is predicted to double by 2030, the region accounts for only 0·3% of worldwide medical expenditure for cancer. Challenges to cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa include a shortage of clinicians and training programmes, weak healthcare infrastructure,(More)
BACKGROUND In 2008, Rwanda established an influenza sentinel surveillance (ISS) system to describe the epidemiology of influenza and monitor for the emergence of novel influenza A viruses. We report surveillance results from August 2008 to July 2010. METHODS We conducted ISS by monitoring patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute(More)
BACKGROUND In October 2009, the first case of pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 (pH1N1) was confirmed in Kigali, Rwanda and countrywide dissemination occurred within several weeks. We describe clinical and epidemiological characteristics of this epidemic. METHODS From October 2009 through May 2010, we undertook epidemiologic investigations and response to(More)
PURPOSE The development of cancer care treatment facilities in resource-constrained settings represents a challenge for many reasons. Implementation science-the assessment of how services are set up and delivered; contextual factors that affect delivery, treatment safety, toxicity, and efficacy; and where adaptations are needed-is essential if we are to(More)
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA (Prof R Atun FRCP, Prof T Bärnighausen MD, I Postolovska ScD, S Vollmer PhD, B Ammon, A Annamreddi, A Awasthi, S Bhadriraju, J Chai MPH, J Ho BS, S S Kakarmath MBBS MS, R Kharel, M A Kyle, S C Lee MD, A Lichtman MD, J Manne-Goehler MD, M Nair MPH, O L O Okafor MPH, O Okunade MD, D(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension is a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases and a growing public health problem in many developed and developing countries. However, population-based data to inform policy development are scarce in Rwanda. This nationally representative study aimed to determine population-based estimates of the prevalence and risk factors(More)
Biennially, trainees and graduates of Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs) are presented with a platform to share investigations and projects undertaken during their two-year training in Applied Epidemiology. The African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) Scientific Conference, is a perfect opportunity for public health(More)