Category health

Success Story from Nigeria: Toyin Ojora Saraki’s Wellbeing Foundation

Toyin Ojora Saraki was born in 1964 to the Ojora Royal Family in Lagos. After completing her elementary school education in Nigeria she completed law degrees at the University of London. While in the U.K., she devoted much of her time to taking care of the sick, the aged, those with disabilities, and less privileged […]

Success Story from Côte d’Ivoire: Didier Drogba’s Hospitals

Didier Drogba was born in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire in 1978. He left the country at the age of five and moved to France to live with an uncle, Michel Goba, who was a professional footballer (soccer player). After touring with his uncle for three years, Drogba returned to Côte d’Ivoire to live with his […]

Success Story from Liberia: Dr. Rajesh Panjabi’s Last Mile Health

Rajesh Ramesh Panjabi narrowly escaped a civil war in his home country of Liberia. As a 10 year old, he stood on an airstrip in the capital city of Monrovia in lines of refugees hoping to leave the country for the USA by cargo plane. He knew that many in the lines, unlike him, would […]

Success Story from Cameroon: Samuel Eto’o Gives Children a Chance

By guest blogger Justine Maisha Davis* Samuel Eto’o is the most decorated African football player of all time, winning the African Player of the Year award four times. Born in Cameroon, to a middle class family, he was trained at the Kadji Sports Academy in Douala before beginning training at the Real Madrid youth academy in […]

Success Story from Nigeria: Nwankwo Kanu’s Heart Foundation

Nwankwo Kanu was born in Owerri in southeastern Nigeria in 1976. By the age of 15 he was playing professional football (soccer). From 1994 to 2000, he played for the national team and served as its Captain. Kanu became legendary for his soccer skills. He won an Olympic gold medal in Atlanta in 1996, has […]

Success Story from South Sudan: John Dau’s ‘Lost Boys’ Clinic

John Bul Dau was born in 1974 in what is now South Sudan. In 1987, when John was 12 years old, his village, Duk Payuel, was attacked in the middle of the night by government forces from northern Sudan and his family was scattered due to the violence. Mr. Dau consequently spent three months traveling […]

Success Story from Egypt: Fred Soper’s Malaria Control Campaign

Fred Soper was born in 1893 in Kansas in the USA. He was the third of eight children. His father was a pharmacist and his mother a teacher. Mr. Soper earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1914 and a Master’s in Embryology in 1916 from the University of Kansas. He received his M.D. in 1918 from […]