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Paulin Basinga

Alumnus, PhD & MS, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Paulin Basinga

I joined the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in January 2012 as a Senior Program Officer for Integrated Delivery. My current grant portfolio focuses on health interventions for HIV and the childhood illnesses of pneumonia and diarrhea as well as the development of community health worker platforms.

I obtained my Medical Degree from the School of Medicine, National University of Rwanda and my PhD in International Health from Tulane University (USA). My PhD research was a randomized control trial which assessed the impact of Performance Based Financing in Rwanda. My research interest areas include impact evaluation and operational research in the area of HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health, Tuberculosis, Community Health Insurance Scheme and Health Policy and Planning. For the past 10 years, I taught at the School of Public Health in Rwanda, and have been a teacher at the Medical Decision Making at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium for the last five years.

Paulin was the subject of a Paysonite Profile in the June 30, 2014 edition of the Payson Center eNewsletter, The Monitor.

Watch a video interview with Dr. Basinga: 

Primary Classification: 
Being a medical doctor can give you a very narrow view, as you are focused on the single patient. A public health official looks at overall population health – but the Payson Center approach is very eye-opening. It gives you an understanding of the broader development context of health through economics, politics, agriculture, etc. It helps you to really understand the relationship between a healthy human being and development in a more comprehensive way. This is what led me to help the government of Rwanda develop and strengthen its performance based financing program, the community health worker program and others programs. It was a wonderful opportunity to translate my research into action, studying incentive structures and cooperatives to provide more sustainable, well-informed community health support for Rwandans. At Payson, what really stands out is the diversity of topics and the liberty that the student has to direct their own education - you can really build a degree that best suits your needs and interests.
  • PhD. International (Health) Development, Tulane University, 2009
  • M.S. International (Health) Development, Tulane University, 2005
  • M.D. General Medicine, National University of Rwanda, 2002 
Academic Experience: 
  • Visiting Professor, University of Washington, 2012-
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2009-2010
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, 2005-2010
  • Senior Lecturer, National University of Rwanda, 2002-
Selected Publications: 

2013     P. Uwaliraye; T. Puoane; A. Binagwaho; P Basinga. Factors influencing the job Performance of nurses and midwives in postpartum units in two district hospitals in Rwanda. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 15 (2) 2013 pp. 59–69

2013     Peter C Drobac, Paulin Basinga, Jeanine Condo, Paul E Farmer, Karen E Finnegan, Jessie K Hamon, Cheryl Amoroso, Lisa R Hirschhorn, Jean Baptise Kakoma, Chunling Lu, Yusuf Murangwa, Megan Murray, Fidele Ngabo, Michael Rich, Dana Thomson, Agnes Binagwaho . Comprehensive and integrated district health systems strengthening: the Rwanda Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) Partnership. BMC Health Services Research, 13(Suppl 2):S5 (31 May 2013)

2013     Kenneth Sherr, Jennifer Requejo, Paulin Basinga . Implementation research to catalyze advances in health systems strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa: the African Health Initiative. BMC Health Services Research, 13(Suppl 2):S1 (31 May 2013)

2013     Lisa R Hirschhorn, Colin Baynes, Kenneth Sherr, Namwinga Chintu, John Awoonor-Williams, Karen Finnegan, James F Philips, Manzi Anatole, Ayaga A Bawah, Paulin Basinga, with input from the Population Health Implementation and Training – Africa Health Initiative Data Collaborative. Approaches to ensuring and improving quality in the context of health system strengthening: a cross-site analysis of the five African Health Initiative Partnership programs. BMC Health Services Research, 13(Suppl 2):S8 (31 May 2013)

2013     Tisha Mitsunaga, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Elias Ngizwenayo, Didi Bertrand Farmer, Adolphe Karamaga, Peter Drobac, Paulin Basinga, Lisa Hirschhorn, Fidele Ngabo, Cathy Mugeni. Utilizing community health worker data for program management and evaluation: Systems for data quality assessments and baseline results from Rwanda. Social Science & Medicine 85 (2013) 87e92

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