Dr. Joseph Ryarasa Nkurunziza
Dr. Joseph R, Nkurunziza, graduated from the National University of Rwanda as medical doctor. For the last 8 years he worked as a physician and a Public Health Expert He is passionate about public health, human rights and peace building.
Previously, he worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University for the Millennium Village Project in Rwanda, as health coordinator and with Drew Cares International as a Clinical Service Director, implementing HIV care and treatment programs within the Rwanda Defense Force.He worked for four years and a half as a HIV clinician at the Rwanda Military Hospital and as a Clinical Service Specialist at the US Embassy Rwanda. He a co-founder and a board member of Health Development Initiative and the Center for Public health & Development. He is also the deputy legal representative of Access to health Rwanda
Currently the Founder and Country Director of Never Again Rwanda, a Peace building and social Justice organization that started in 2002 as a response to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, He sees the importance of empowering youth, as the future leaders of Rwanda. In his work he focuses on peace building and social justice that will give young people the guidance, encouragement and knowledge they need to be active citizens.
One of his key achievements was the honorary award by Junior Chambers International as one of the 2010 ten most outstanding young persons of the world (TOYP 2010) at Osaka in Japan.
The International Day of Peace is celebrated worldwide on 21 September by NGOs, individuals and Governments. In 1981 the International Day of Peace was adopted by the United Nations through a unanimous Resolution aimed at “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” […]
‘……. democracy, sustainable peace and conflict prevention cannot be achieved if youth, who make up more than half of the population are left behind….’ Every year, on the 15th of September, the world marks the International Day of Democracy, a day that provides an opportunity to review the […]
Friday the 18th August 2017 saw an impressive inauguration ceremony as President Paul Kagame took oath of office, to start his 7-year term. With about 20 Heads of State and Government as well as representatives of various countries and organizations present to witness the ceremony, it was a […]
This Saturday the 19th August 2017, the world humanitarian day will be commemorated globally, a day that has been celebrated every 19th August since 2008, 5 years after a terrorist attack hit the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, killing 22 people on 19 August 2003. Every year since then, […]
Scanning through most of the international media articles and global analyses, concerning the just ended election on the 4th of August 2017, I realized that Rwanda as a country and her people is still a mystery puzzle that the world can’t seem to easily crack. Looking at a […]
…….governments need to be deliberate in improving health financing policies, focusing on equitable access to health care and financial protection of the population especially the most vulnerable…… On June 27th-28th, 2017, Rwanda hosted the first ever WHO Africa Health forum with a theme, #Putting people first: The […]
…….Tolerance seems to be one of the most essential rules in life, if the world is to realize sustainable peace……… This week, Rwanda’s national broadcaster RBA was honored to host President Paul Kagame in an interview that got people talking especially on social media – from applauds to […]
“………Why should an act of democracy be the same that takes people’s lives or one that dents the country’s history and its development?………” Recently, a team of Ugandans visited one of the organizations I work with and after debriefing them about the vision and mission of the institution, […]
“…..Some counties tend to think in the confines of their small, fragmented and parceled-out little states forgetting they have no impact but if colonial boarders are opened, the impact will not only be for a single state but for the entire continent……”. Every 25th May, the African day […]
“Last year, a despairing 14 year old boy committed suicide in a Darfur camp, a situation that was worth the world’s effort to reflect on the appalling situation that was biting hard on the war-torn region” The Peace and Security Council of the African Union, on April 11, […]