Newborn Health: Spotlighting Innovations in Design Solutions

2019 Symposium by D-Rev

In partnership with Rwanda Pediatrics Association Ministry of Health of Rwanda

March 29, 2019 Kigali Convention Centre, Rwanda

A special thank you to the attending delegates who made the event a remarkable day of learning, collaboration, and exploration. Materials from the symposium can be found at the links below.

Symposium Highlight Video


Press Release: Newborn Health Symposium | March 29, 2019 KT Press, March 29, 2019: Pediatricians Push For Reduced Child Deaths

Event Materials

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Newborn healthcare in East Africa is changing rapidly. Access to new technologies, adoption of more effective training, and progress in healthcare policy have helped to set the stage for unprecedented advances in care. With a focus on design solutions through empirical studies, D-Rev, Rwanda Pediatric Association, and Rwanda Ministry of Health have partnered to convene leading neonatal practitioners, health policymakers, and innovators with the goal of improving newborn health outcomes in the region. The symposium will bring together world-class healthcare experts with an emphasis on the neonatal health ecosystem in East Africa. Lead stakeholders will share lessons learned, recognize proven solutions, and promote future partnerships to strengthen the network of practitioners committed to raising awareness, promoting standards of care, and eliminating barriers to effective care in newborn health. With an emphasis on innovation and impact, the symposium objectives are:

  1. Promote human-centered design in medical devices and health systems in maternal, newborn, and child health
  2. Share the results and key learnings of the 2018 phototherapy study in Rwanda conducted by Ketki Sheth, PhD (University of California, Merced, USA), in partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health, the Rwanda Pediatric Association, and D-Rev
  3. Discuss high-impact interventions that can address gaps in newborn health outcomes
  4. Provide a call to action for more interdisciplinary studies and partnerships to strengthen newborn health in the region
  5. The full conference agenda can be found here.


8:00 AM Arrival and Registration
9:00 AM Welcome Addresses
Krista Donaldson, Ph.D., CEO, D-Rev Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge, General Secretary, Rwanda Pediatric Association Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity Guest of Honor: Honorable Dr. Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health, Rwanda
9:25 AM Keynote | Newborn Health Landscape of East Africa
Dr. Maharajan Muthu, Chief, Health, UNICEF Rwanda
9:35 AM Panel | Pediatric Perspectives from Across East Africa
Moderator: Ochieng Ogodo, Editor, SciDev Sub-Saharan Africa Dr. Léopold Barutwanayo, Burundian Pediatric Association Dr. Namala Mkopi, Tanzania Pediatric Association Dr. Harriet Ajilong, Uganda Pediatric Association Dr. Musiime Stephenson, Rwanda Pediatric Association Dr. Christine Muasya, Kenya Paediatric Association
10:35 AM Video Presentation | Coffee & Social Break
11:00 AM Presentation | Technology & Health Outcomes: A Study of Phototherapy in Rwanda
Ketki Sheth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced Dr. Lisine Tuyisenge, General Secretary, Rwanda Pediatric Association
12:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Showcase | Panoply of Progress: Innovators from across East Africa
Steve Rudy, Gradian Health Solutions, Africa Rene Ishimwe Uwimana, Zipline, Rwanda Felix Kimaru, Totohealth, Kenya MacGregor Lennarz, Lily Health, Kenya Dr. Steve Adudans, Center for Public Health & Development, Kenya
2:00 PM Presentations | Changing the Ecosystem: Designing Solutions for Impact
Dr. Evrard Nahimana, Partners in Health, Rwanda Hillary Kosgei, Technical Director, DEBRA, Kenya Doris Naiteri, ICAP, Capacity Building Advisor, Kenya Nikki Tyler, USAID, Center for Innovation and Impact Krista Donaldson, Ph.D., CEO, D-Rev
3:15 PM Coffee & Social Break
3:45 PM Panel | The Next Five Years: Commitments for Newborn Health
Moderator: Dr. James Mukabi, Technical Director RNMCH, PATH Kenya Dr. Felix Sayinzoga, Director of Maternal & Child Health, Ministry of Health, Rwanda Dr. Jesca Nsungwa Sabiiti, Asst. Commissioner for Child Health, Ministry of Health, Uganda Dr. Peter Lochoro, Uganda Country Representative, Doctors with Africa Dr. Richard Munyaneza, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Family Planning Specialist, USAID Rwanda
4:30 PM Closing Remarks | Summary of the Day
Edwin Agaba, Senior Scientist, Ministry of Science, Technology, & Innovation, Uganda


Rwanda Ministry of Health

The mission of the Ministry of Health is to provide and continually improve affordable promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health care services of the highest quality, thereby contributing to the reduction of poverty and enhancing the general well-being of the population.


D-Rev exists to design and deliver medical technologies that close the quality healthcare gap for under-served populations. Our aim is to design market-driven solutions to ensure access to world-class, affordable products to the people who need them most.

Rwanda Paediatrics Association (RPA)

RPA’s mission is to promote quality preventive, curative, palliative and rehabilitative paediatric services; to enhance and disseminate evidence-based knowledge so as to improve policies and strategies for better paediatric practice. The RPA endeavors to advance child health advocacy, research, and continuous professional capacity development, in collaboration with other bodies in Rwanda, the region and beyond in addition to serving as an effective voice for its members.


  • National & local policymakers of East Africa
  • Pediatricians (public and private sector)
  • Lead global & regional newborn health researchers
  • Ministry of Health representatives of East African countries
  • Health NGOs
  • Medical device distributors
  • Medical device and technology designers


Airlines that fly to Rwanda include, but are not limited to:

  • RwandAir
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • South African Airways
  • KLM
  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines

Citizens from all countries can receive a 30 day visa upon arrival with no prior application


The symposium will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre adjacent to the

Radisson Blu Hotel. Book directly through Radisson Blu to take advantage of a limited number of special room rates. Additional recommended hotels include Lemigo Hotel, Kigali Marriott Hotel, and Hotel Des Mille Collines. Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre Telephone: +250 252 252 252 Email:

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