CHAI statement on the passing of Sidonie Uwimpuhwe

Sidonie smiles at the camera. She is wearing a blue jacket and purple scarf.

Sidonie Uwimpuhwe was the CHAI Country Director for Rwanda.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our colleague, Sidonie Uwimpuhwe.

Sidonie joined CHAI in 2018 as our first Rwandese national country director in Rwanda. Under her leadership, the Rwanda program has grown almost threefold in funding and impact, launching significant work across the range of CHAI’s strategic focus areas.

Sidonie represented so much of the present and future of CHAI. A committed scholar and strong advocate for patients and especially women’s rights, she was a role model and mentor to many in our family. Sidonie embodied CHAI’s values and spirit in a very pure way, and the world will be a much poorer place without her.

We invite the many people who knew and loved Sidonie to share messages of remembrance and support below.