Founder & Executive Director
African Center for Research on End-of-life Care (ACREOL)
Dr. Christian Ntizimira is the Founder/Executive Director of the African Center for Research on End-of-Life Care (ACREOL), a non-profit organization to bring socio-cultural equality through “Ubuntu in End-of-life Care” in Africa. He is a Palliative care physician, Fulbright Alumni and graduated from Harvard Medical School, department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Dr. Ntizimira is also an Alumni from the Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership programme, which aims to bring selected Africans to strategize, manage and lead public health programmes that will transform public health in Africa.
Dr. Ntizimira is the winner of the prestigious Tällberg-Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Eliasson Global Leadership Prize 2021, for his passionate advocacy for palliative care in Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa, based on his deeply held belief that dignified end-of-life care is a human right. He pioneered integration of palliative care and end of life care into health services rendered to Rwandan cancer patients and in the community settings. In 2011, he received a fellowship award to study palliative care education and practice in the United States of America at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Palliative Care. Ntizimira was named Young Cancer Leader by the Union for International Cancer Control in 2016 and Distinguished Young Leader by the Harvard Global Health Catalyst in 2017.