Health Minister, Dr Ruth Aceng Receives ‘Heroine for Health’ Global Award

Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng (C) posing with her accolade during the World Health Assembly.

The Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has been awarded and recognized as a Heroine for Health by Women in Global Health during the sideline meetings of the World Health Assembly currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

Aceng was awarded for her outstanding contribution as Minister of Health in advancing the health of communities in Uganda.   

While receiving the award, the Minister said “I would love to see a transformed health system where everybody gets quality health care and where we also have comprehensive health coverage for everyone”.

“It is painful to see women, children, and adolescents dying needlessly from preventable causes and I am extremely glad that my government, is set to address this issue evidenced by the progress we have made in infrastructure, human resources, equipment and medicines,” she said.  

Women in Global Health (WGH) is an organization, built on a global movement that brings together all genders and backgrounds to achieve gender equality in global health leadership.

WGH creates a platform for discussions and collaborative space for leadership, facilitates specific education and training, garners support and commitment from the global community.  

Ministry of Health congratulated the Minister on the award and for her unrelenting leadership in continuously championing comprehensive health care in Uganda.

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng was appointed Minister of Health in June 2016 prior to which she served as the Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health.

She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, a Master of Medicine in Pediatrics, and a Master of Public Health, all from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

Dr Aceng also holds a diploma in Public Administration and Management from the Uganda Management Institute.

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