A native of Kigali, Rwanda, Anysie Ishimwe is a 2017-2018 Global Health Corps fellow at Gardens for Health International.
Anysie is a recent graduate of Hope College who is passionate about strengthening health systems to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in East Africa. As a student, Anysie coordinated research and wrote a thesis titled "The availability and affordability of cancer care in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of Rwanda in light of Switzerland" under the supervision of Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger, a research scientist and professor at the University of Geneva in the Faculty of Medicine.
She interviewed public health professionals from the WHO, doctors from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lausanne, and Hopital Universitaire de Genève, and public health NGOs in Rwanda such as Partners in Health. Anysie draws strength and motivation from her experience of growing up in Rwanda and from seeing firsthand the transformation that can happen when people bring their passions together for change.