Christian Ntizimira

“Global is local as local is global. It’s difficult to connect communities if we don’t connect identities.”

Dr. Christian Ntizimira is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Center for Research on End-of-Life Care (ACREOL) in Rwanda.

Dr. Ntizimira began his medical career planning to become a surgeon, but the consequences of the Genocide against the Tutsis in 1994 led him to a passion for palliative care.  He believes that end-of-life care is a human right, and that such care should prioritize individual dignity, local values, humanity and Ubuntu.  To that end he founded and has led ACREOL since October 2019 and has also become a leading advocate for developing palliative care in low- and middle-income countries recognized through the World Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance. 

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