Dr. Jeanine Condo, Payson alumna, making a difference in the public health of Rwanda

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Last week’s visit to Rwanda made a great impression on me. It was deeply satisfying to see how much Payson has helped build there for so many years.  One of my most memorable meetings was with Jeanine Condo, the Deputy Dean of Research and Projects at The University of Rwanda-College of Medicine and Health Sciences-School of Public Health (SPH). Jeanine is a dynamic and intelligent woman with great ambitions for SPH in Rwanda. She is also a product of Tulane and Payson. Jeanine earned her MS in International Development from us and then went on to complete her PhD at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine downtown. On top of a busy research and teaching schedule, Jeanine has now added her administrative responsibilities — which are not inconsiderable  in a relatively small unit of the University of Rwanda but one that generates 65% of its research dollars.

We left our meeting with her excited about continuing possibilities for collaborations — including courses that would take US students to work with peers in Rwanda and help fund exchanges for Rwandan students here. We very much look forward to trying to make these exchanges possible — and to another 15 years in Rwanda!

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