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Didi Bertrand, Founder

Wingdie Didi Bertrand Farmer, MA, DEA, DESS is a medical anthropologist and community health specialist who has  worked  in  Rwanda  since  2005.  Born  in  Port-au-Prince,  Haiti,  Ms.  Bertrand Farmer  studied  social  science, community health, and health systems  management in Haiti and in France. For the last 15 years, she has worked  as a community organizer, program developer and implementer, activist for women and girls' rights, and researcher.  

Between  2006 - 2012,  she  served  as  the  Director  of  the  Community  Health  Program  for  Partners  In Health  Rwanda/Inshuti  Mu  Buzima and  from  2012 -­ to  present  she  is  the  Senior Advisor  on  Community  Health and Head of the Biosocial Research and Social Development Programs for Partners In Health. She has been the principal investigator on studies focusing on community health, malnutrition, reproductive health, adolescent youth and traditional healing in rural Rwanda.

She has co-authored several research papers.She serves as the Chair of the Haiti-­‐Rwanda Commission, initiated after the 2010 earthquake to promote South-South cooperation and exchange. She is the Co-­‐Founder and President of Women and Girls Initiative with programs in both Rwanda and Haiti. 

Our Haiti Team

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Jean-Rénold REJOUIT
PAGEDEV Focal Point, Haiti

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Mona BERNADEL
Program Coordinator

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Ambroise JEAN-LOUIS
Sociologist, Program Associate

Our Rwanda Team

Alice NIYIRIMANA
Social Worker, Program Associate

Brigitte KAMALIRA ISHHIMWE
Program Coordinator

Our Board Members and Trustees

Didi BERTRAND FARMER
WGI Founder and President
 

Maya IBARS
Lawyer and Writer

Maryse PENETTE KEDDAR
Founder PRODEV, Haiti

Margalie GERMAIN
Women Rights Advocate, Haiti

Betty WEINKLE
Community Activist
Business Executive Director

PASCALE DENIS
CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
COUNSELOR, MSED. LMHC

Kathie KLARREICH
Co-Founder and CEO
Exchange for Change, USA

Jean-Rénold REJOUIT
OBGYN, Women Health
PAGEDEV Focal Point, Haiti

Agnes BINAGWAHO
Former Health Minister, Rwanda

Catherine B. FARMER
Duke University, Class of 2019

Laurie N. GERMAIN
NYU, Class of 2019

Régine DUPUY
Lawyer, Global Women Advocate

Loune VIAUD
Co-Executive Director
Zanmi Lasante, Haiti

Nadia TODRES
Photographer and Founder
Center for the Arts, Haiti

Edwidge DANTICAT
Writer, Scholar, and
Civil Rights Activist, USA
 

Gladys Archanges
Country Director
Plan International, Rwanda

Jacklin ST FLEUR
MD, Medical Director
St Marc, Haiti

Isabelle KAMARIZA
Co-Founder and President
Solid Africa, Rwanda

Mariana M. RODRIGUES
Communication Officer Axios
USA

Johanne HILAIRE
MD, Public Health
Haiti

Deo NIYIZONKIZA
Founder and CEO Village
Health Works, Burundi

Paul FARMER
Co-Founder of Partners In Health
Harvard University Professor, USA

Alejandra AYMES
Executive Director of Corporations
USA

Nancy DORSAINVIL
Senior Policy Advisor for the UN
Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti
Under President Bill Clinton, USA