Hon. Diane Gashumba, MD, M(Ped)
Diane has been the Rwandan Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda since October 4, 2016. From March 29, 2016, she served as the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion. She is a pediatrician by profession, bringing 17 years’ experience in global maternal, newborn and child health with a focus on gender issues. She has a strong management and clinical experience especially in managing maternal, new born and child health programs, including 3 years as director of two districts hospitals and for the last six years she has worked with USAID funded project as Senior Team leader for quality and as Deputy Chief of Party, for a $ 57.3 USAID funded project (RFHP) 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 in 23 out of 30 districts in Rwanda.
Strategist at building capacity and improving quality within the Rwandan Health system, she has led the design and implementation of the baseline assessment, and mid-term evaluation of the quality of MNCH care in 6 districts in Rwanda in 2015. Skilled expert in quality improvement including supporting the implementation of clinical QI activities and initiatives. She has participated in various surveys and abstracts such as the health-seeking behaviors of pregnant women, Immunitum study, and integration of HIV services into MCH, assessment of available equipment in health facilities in Rwanda.
Former President of the National Women Council, she is bringing a strong experience in empowering women through the initiation of income generating activities, Gender related policy elaboration such as the Gender based violence policy, the Early childhood development policy, the sexual, adolescent and reproductive health policy among others.