“But then it comes to: How can we improve and deliver health care in a more efficient way? We need to make sure we’re doing it at the right cost.”
Dr. Jean Pierre Nyemazi, a student in Dartmouth’s Master of Health Care Delivery Science program, is the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Business Strategy at the Rwanda Biomedical Center.
At the time I started the Dartmouth program, my position did not include a business development component. My background is in medicine. I’ve mainly worked on planning and strategy, and monitoring and evaluation. It was my involvement in the MHCDS program that helped me think about business development opportunities here in Rwanda.
Our first goal is not really to make money. It’s to provide care to everyone who needs it. That will always be the first point on our agenda: How can we do better for people in need? But then it comes to: How can we improve and deliver health care in a more efficient way? We need to make sure we’re doing it at the right cost. Rwanda is still a developing country, but we have an ambitious vision to be a middle-income country by 2020. We need to be sustainable.
We are looking into income-generating activities within the Rwanda Biomedical Center, and into ways the health sector can contribute to the national economy. How can we grow our drug manufacturing, which right now is quite small? How do we develop our own knowledge-based economy? How can we monetize what we are doing, and do more good work at the same time? We are looking at some of the practices that have worked in Rwanda, such as the way we are managing HIV and also our community worker program. How can we export that success to support other countries? Figuring out that part will come out of my experience at Dartmouth.