Claude Muvunyi, MD, PhD, former senior regional laboratory advisor for ICAP, is now the Rwanda Biomedical Center’s (RBC) director general. Muvunyi was appointed by the Rwandan senate earlier this year.
The RBC is the Rwanda Ministry of Health’s central implementation agency responsible for providing high-quality healthcare services to the Rwandan people.
Muvunyi joined ICAP in 2018 and was instrumental in promoting the design and implementation of several innovative laboratory, surveillance, and global health security (GHS) systems in countries where ICAP works. Muvunyi supported ICAP country programs in Sierra Leone, DRC, Lesotho, Eswatini, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Myanmar, Kenya, and others.
Muvunyi’s key contributions and achievements at ICAP include successfully leading the design and implementation of an HIV drug resistance survey in Lesotho; designing and implementing molecular and serological surveillance of COVID-19 in Eswatini, DRC, and Cameroon; and implementing the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) project in Sierra Leone. He was also instrumental in leading ICAP’s GHS laboratory strengthening efforts in DRC and Kenya.
He told the New Times: “I want to build a strong RBC through implementing evidence-based programs, client-centered models, care and collaboration as well as a partnership with national and international institutions.”
A major global health organization that has been improving public health in countries around the world for nearly two decades, ICAP works to transform the health of populations through innovation, science, and global collaboration. Based at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, ICAP has projects in more than 30 countries and is working side-by-side with ministries of health and local governmental, non-governmental, academic, and community partners to confront some of the world’s greatest health challenges. Through evidence-informed programs, meaningful research, tailored technical assistance, effective training and education programs, and rigorous surveillance to measure and evaluate the impact of public health interventions, ICAP aims to realize a global vision of healthy people, empowered communities, and thriving societies. Online at icap.columbia.edu.