Ashley Rowland | September 17, 2019
Rose Busingye, a Ugandan nurse who founded an organization for impoverished women and children with HIV/AIDS, is the recipient of the 2019 Ford Family Notre Dame Award for International Development and Solidarity.
The award is given annually by the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity in recognition of substantial contributions to human development through research, practice, public service or philanthropy. The Ford Program is part of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Busingye is president of Meeting Point International, a Kampala, Uganda-based nongovernmental organization that provides medical care, schooling and other services that help patients increase their self-sufficiency and develop social networks. She received the award at a Sept. 12 ceremony at the Hesburgh Center that was followed by a moderated armchair discussion on “The Value of a Life: AIDS, Outcasts, and the Search for Dignity in Uganda.”
Busingye helps patients recognize their inherent dignity and worth in a society where they are often shunned because of their medical diagnosis.
“They are not defined by their sickness or by their poverty,” she said. “They are defined by their value ... it is something that originally was there, that they were created with.”
Previous Ford Family award recipients have been well-known within the field of international development, such as last year’s winner, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus.
By comparison, Busingye’s efforts have received relatively little attention.
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