Monday 17 July 2023

Journey of Excellence: Celebrating Inspiring Healthcare Successes in Africa

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By Cynthia Umeh

Welcome to a fascinating journey honoring excellence in healthcare in Africa! We explore the inspiring success stories that have come out of Africa. 

A diverse array of people, landscapes, and civilizations may be found throughout Africa. Despite the many difficulties the continent faces, there are many examples of quality and achievement that merit praise. These inspiring stories show the unwavering energy, commitment, and creativity of African healthcare personnel. They range from ground-breaking medical discoveries to projects in underserved communities that have improved their lives. Some of these tales will interest you and change your viewpoint but also educate and motivate you to believe in the great potential for the advancement of African healthcare. These stories highlight the remarkable efforts, innovations, and individuals who are driving positive change and transforming healthcare on the continent.

The journey begins with some of the initiatives we find laudable.


Maternity and Child Health Transformation in Nigeria has made considerable strides in improving maternal and child health outcomes. Nigeria has trained and deployed thousands of health workers to distant areas through projects such as the Saving One Million Lives Program, resulting in lower maternal and child death rates. Nigerian medical personnel have used innovative techniques like mobile clinics and community health outreach programs to achieve these results. 

Other stories on the continent include:

  1. Ghana's Success Story in Fighting Infectious Diseases. Ghana has made outstanding strides in the battle against infectious illnesses. The nation's reaction to the Ebola outbreak served as an example of how well-coordinated efforts, capable leadership, and community involvement can be successful. Ghana's health authorities developed isolation centers, strong surveillance systems, and persuasive public health messages to achieve this. These steps not only helped to contain the outbreak but also to improve the nation's healthcare system.

  1. South Africa's Pioneering Efforts and Innovations in Telemedicine: South Africa has been at the forefront of utilizing telemedicine to enhance healthcare delivery in remote and underserved areas. Professionals in the country are leveraging technology to provide virtual consultations, deliver specialist care, and offer health education. Through such innovations, South Africa is bridging the healthcare gap and improving access to quality medical services for all its citizens.

  1. Enhancing Medical Education through Kenya's Medical Training CentersKenya has made considerable investments in medical education to address the scarcity of healthcare professionals in the country. Kenya’s medical training facilities are churning out highly qualified physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. These institutions place a high value on community-based, hands-on education and give students the tools they need to improve healthcare delivery in both urban and rural regions.

  1. Community-Led Health Initiatives: The Healthcare System in Rwanda As a result of its community-led health care efforts, which provide outstanding health outcomes despite having few resources, Rwanda has gained respect on a global scale. The triumphs of community health workers, who are essential to illness prevention, early disease detection, and health promotion, cannot be overemphasized. These initiatives have greatly increased accessibility to healthcare, especially in remote and underserved communities.


We also look at remarkable individuals and initiatives that are changing the face of healthcare in Nigeria and other African countries. These stories not only demonstrate healthcare excellence but also serve as significant sources of inspiration and education for the entire continent.

  • Flying Doctors Nigeria: Dr. Ola Brown, a medical practitioner and entrepreneur, established the Flying Doctors Nigeria program. This firm provides air ambulance and medical evacuation services throughout Nigeria and other African countries. Flying Doctors Nigeria has transformed emergency healthcare by delivering fast and efficient medical transportation, saving countless lives in rural locations where access to healthcare institutions is limited.

  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization (WHO): The incredible leadership of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, cannot be overemphasized. Dr. Tedros, an Ethiopian national, has been instrumental in advocating for increased healthcare investments in Africa and has been at the forefront of global health initiatives. His commitment to tackling health emergencies, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and his efforts to strengthen healthcare systems across the continent are truly inspiring.

  • Dr. Adetokunbo O. Fabamwo, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH): Dr. Fabamwo, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, has played a significant role in transforming the healthcare landscape in Nigeria. Under his leadership, LASUTH has become a center of excellence for medical training, research, and healthcare delivery. His dedication to improving maternal and child health outcomes has led to the implementation of innovative programs, resulting in reduced maternal mortality rates in the region.

Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, a renowned sexual and reproductive health specialist, medical doctor, and advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, is a prominent figure in her field. Known affectionately as "Dr. T" by her vast social media following, she is deeply committed to promoting equitable access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng currently runs a successful sexual health practice in Sandton, South Africa. In acknowledgment of her knowledge and dedication, she was appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health in 2020, becoming the first African woman to hold this important position.

Since 2006, the Children's Radio Foundation, founded by Elizabeth Sachs, has established a network of over 1,700 skilled youth radio reporters in five African countries. These reporters broadcast on local and national radio stations and produce podcasts. With their headquarters in Cape Town, they are a registered non-profit organization in South Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Their belief in the transformative power of radio, podcasts, and audio storytelling drives their mission to foster youth dialogue, leadership, and citizenship in African communities.


As we conclude our exploration of celebrating excellence in African healthcare, we are left with a profound sense of admiration and hope. The stories we have encountered showcase the power of resilience, determination, and collaboration in overcoming healthcare challenges. The remarkable individuals and organizations we have encountered in Nigeria and other African countries have not only revolutionized healthcare within their communities but have also set a precedent for the rest of the world to follow.

Shades of Us Storytelling Initiative for African People (Shades of Us) celebrates the incredible progress made in African healthcare, and is pleased to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes about our great continent. We have seen how the dedication of healthcare professionals, the support of governments and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and the innovative spirit of African communities have transformed healthcare landscapes, saved lives, and inspired future generations, and for that, we are thankful!

Let us remember that the pursuit of excellence in healthcare is not restricted by geographical boundaries. Africa's success stories serve as a light of hope, illustrating that with the appropriate mindset, resources, and commitment, great steps can be made in improving healthcare outcomes. We can create collaboration and inspire good change not only inside Africa but across the global healthcare landscape by celebrating and learning from these accomplishments.

Let us continue to recognize and promote excellence in African healthcare, acknowledging the astounding accomplishments and inspiring tales that serve as a monument to the continent's great potential for improvement. By highlighting these stories, we may contribute to a brighter future in which quality healthcare is available to all, regardless of geography, and where the spirit of creativity and collaboration prevails. The quest for excellence continues, and Africa is at the forefront, poised to define the future of healthcare for future generations.

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