Thank you to three extraordinary senior colleagues


As part of the Second Nigeria: Partnership for Health Conference that held in London on the 6th of November, the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria recognised the contributions of 3 extraordinary colleagues in the health sector in Nigeria. We recognised these senior colleagues not only for their pioneering work and their leadership but for the integrity they have maintained in their years of service to the motherland.

There is no other way to put it – these are our heroes and our role models. They stand for the values that we hold dear; integrity, excellence and a commitment to public service so rare in our country today. They have inspired and continue to inspire us. When they speak, you feel the pain in their voices on the state of affairs in our health sector today. But all hope is not lost. We will pick up the pieces and strive to build on the their legacies. 

Professor Shima K. Gyoh is a graduate of Newcastle University, Officer of the Federal Republic, Professor of Surgery and Board member, Society for Family Health and Population Services International.

He is an accomplished civil servant whose helmsmanship at the Federal Ministry of Health saw unprecedented improvements in health indicators in Nigeria working with Dr Olikoye Ransome Kuti in the glory days of the Ministry of Health. Professor Gyoh is a national leader in medical regulation whose dogged belief in the central role of self regulation of the medical profession in the improvement of service delivery rejuvenated the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

Professor Eldryd Parry is graduate of Cambridge and Cardiff Universities, Officer of the British Empire, Founder of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and Fellow Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

Professor Parry is an award-winning editor and scholar of extraordinary insight whose contribution to the development of academic and preventive medicine in West Africa and the Horn of Africa helped shape medical education. He is a leading expert on tropical medicine and diseases and a compassionate humanitarian whose life has been dedicated to strengthening healthcare services as well as improving the skills of healthcare workers in less developed countries.

Professor Adetokunbo O.Lucas is a graduate and Professor of the Havard School of Public Health.

Professor Lucas is an officer of the Federal Republic and Member of the Governing Board of the Global Fund for Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has been a major force in scientific research whose deep life long interest in tropical diseases facilitated the advancement of the frontiers of knowledge in Leprosy, Onchocerciasis and other diseases.

He is an international leader in the fields of preventive medicine and Tropical diseases who effectively deployed his knowledge and passion to human development in these fields.

These three extraordinary senior colleagues were recognised with awards at the Second Partnership for Health Conference that held in London on the 6th of November.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has…Margaret Mead

Chikwe Ihekweazu is an epidemiologist and consultant public health physician. He is the Editor of Nigeria Health Watch, and the Managing Partner of EpiAfric (, which provides expertise in public health research and advisory services, health communication and professional development. He previously held leadership roles at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the UK's Health Protection Agency. Chikwe has undertaken several short term consultancies for the World Health Organisation, mainly in response to major outbreaks. He is a TED Fellow and co-curator of TEDxEuston.

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