Global Health Corps (GHC), a leadership development organization working to build the next generation of global health leaders, was named for the prestigious of 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
Over the past decade, GHC has worked under the leadership of President Kagame to recruit and train over 170 young advocates to bring change in Rwanda’s health sector.
“In Rwanda, we have made amazing strides in achieving health equity, and we look with anticipation to the future. Our large and growing youth population reflects a great opportunity. GHC’s work recruiting and training young leaders with diverse backgrounds and skillsets has been critical to driving the health equity movement forward, so the Skoll Award is a win for all of us. The GHC team in Rwanda is excited to continue to work with our NGO partners and the Rwandan government to create a bright future where health as a human right is realized for all Rwandans,” said Jean Rene Shema, Global Health Corps’ Rwanda Country Director.
GHC’s official partners include Partners In Health, the Ministry of Health, MASS Design Group, Gardens for Health International, and many others.
“I am so grateful and proud of our team and all of our partners in Rwanda. This milestone is a testament to their hard work and vision. As we pause to celebrate our progress to date, we recognize that the Skoll Award for GHC is a validation of the power of young, African leadership. We’re so excited to leverage this Award to achieve greater impact as our fellows and alumni lead the charge to expand access to quality, affordable healthcare in the years to come,” said Barbara Bush, GHC’s co-founder and Board Chair.
The Skoll Foundation awards the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship annually to a few transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo and drive sustainable large-scale change. Awardees are selected from among hundreds of candidates, and they undergo a rigorous, months-long due diligence process to assess their model and their achieved and potential impact.
Since 2009, GHC has recruited and developed a network of 170 innovative young leaders in Rwanda who are united by the belief that health is a human right.