Kassahun Bilcha

Kassahun Bilcha, MD, is currently a resident physician at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. He served as a Clinical Director of Gondar University Hospital in Gondar, Ethiopia, and was also the department head and associate professor at the Department of Dermatology and Venereolgy. Dr. Bilcha was previously the chief resident at Addis Ababa University, Faculty of …

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Jeff Misomali

Jeffrey Misomali spent his youth in the shadow of Africa’s AIDS epidemic, and now he is helping to mount Africa’s counter-attack. A citizen of Malawi, Misomali saw friends and family members succumb to the HIV-related illness that once appeared untreatable. The advent of widespread use of anti-retroviral drugs has started to change the equation – …

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Mary Mwanyika-Sando

Mary Mwanyika-Sando, MD,  spearheaded improvements in maternal and child health programs in Dar es Salaam, rolling out anti-retroviral treatment in dozens of clinics as part of a campaign that became a model for many other sub-Saharan African countries. One key to a healthy future for Africa, Mwanyika-Sando says, is involving the women patients themselves in …

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Kennedy Odede

Kennedy is one of Africa’s best- known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. For twenty-three years Kennedy lived in the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty first hand. The oldest of eight children, he became a street-child at the age of ten. Still, he …

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Ola Orekunrin

Ola Orekunrin is a medical doctor, helicopter pilot and managing director of the Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa's first air ambulance service and a crucial link for critically injured people who, like many across the continent, are far away from hospital care. Along the way, Orekunrin has become a passionate advocate for finding African …

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