Jacques Sebisaho

Jacques Sebisaho, MD,  is from one of the remotest places in Africa:  Idjwi island in Lake Kivu between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.  While neighboring countries have been beset by wars and violence Idjwi has remained a peaceful oasis, albeit one left behind by many development advances that have been made in better-known …

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Adebisi Alimi

An LGBT advocate and HIV activist, Adebisi Alimi was the first person to ever come out as gay on Nigerian television. After an attempt on his life in 2007, he fled to the UK where he was granted political asylum. Before he left, he founded The Independent Project for Equal Rights-Nigeria, where he served as …

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James Kassaga Arinaitwe

At a young age, Arinaitwe lost his parents and four siblings to infectious diseases, which included HIV/AIDS in rural western Uganda. As an “AIDS orphan” (a phrase which he uses critically), he experienced the often-problematic international development system first hand.  In his essay, he wrote, “I encountered a republic of NGOs claiming their legitimacy in …

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Yetnayet Asfaw Demessie

A physician by training, Asfaw has dedicated her professional and personal life to advancing the cause of girls and women for the past 18 years.  As country director for EngenderHealth, her primary foci are encouraging family planning, promoting maternal health and ensuring quality of health care.  She also led the first USAID supported project for …

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Anick Supplice Dupuy

Dupuy grew up in Haiti as daughter of a sociologist who often told his children “The life that we have is not the life of everyone in Haiti. We have to contribute to make this country a better one”. This inspired her to work in Public Health. After obtaining her MPH, she returned to Haiti. …

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