Dr. Akinwumi Adesina alongside three others have been awarded the West African Academy Of Public Health 2020 Distinguished Fellowship Award.
The other winners of the West African Academy Of Public Health 2020 Distinguished Fellowship Award are: Tedros Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization (WHO); Leith Greenslade of JustActions; and Winnie Byanyima of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
The four outstanding leaders were recognized for their unique style of impactful leadership, which motivates emerging young leaders in the field of public health to strive to make a difference in their work.
In addition, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina was specifically recognized for his efforts in involving the African Development Bank (AfDB) to provide the financial buffers to the African Union to help curb the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Africa.
“I am greatly honoured to be selected to receive the Distinguished Fellowship of the West African Academy of Public Health together with Dr. Tedros, Winnie Byanyima, and Leith Greenslade! Africa and the rest of the world will overcome this pandemic against all odds.”
The West African Academy of Public Health was founded in 2015 with a motive to improve public health practice in the West African sub-region as a semi-autonomous department of the West African Institute of Public Health (WAIPH). It is a private outfit with presence in Nigeria and Ghana, and thematic focus in Research, Training and Implementation of programmes.
The Distinguished Fellowship Award is the highest fellowship rank in the “Roll of Fellows’” of the Academy, extolling the Roll of Fellows for their exceptional leadership and service to humanity in making a difference in the lives of people and inspiring young leaders to also excel in their public health work.