Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah has won the Bloomberg Hopkins Emerging Leader Award of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Min. Nyenswah Wins US$100k Award
MONROVIA, September 22 (LINA) - Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah has won the Bloomberg Hopkins Emerging Leader Award of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health for his “impeccable service to humanity.”
According to a dispatch from the Liberian Mission in New York, Nyenswah was among several global health luminaries who had gathered in New York to receive awards recently.
The “Bloomberg Hopkins 100 Awards” event was co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins University and three-time Mayor of the City of New York, Michael Bloomberg, and awarded Nyenswah US$100,000.
In remarks, the Dean of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Michael Klag, described Nyenswah as “a remarkable man who has distinguished himself in the service of his country and humanity at large.”
He said that Minister Nyenswah's nomination and subsequent selection among a pool of nominees from across the school communities for an emerging leader whose work and leadership stand to advance public health into next Century and beyond, was predicated upon his dedication and commitment towards his chosen profession.
Mr. Klag said Nyenswah's life story is remarkably uplifting from that of a refugee to a global leader whose vision is reflected in his determination to improve the public health system in his country and beyond.
He added: "We could not be more proud of this distinguished alumnus and global health leader, who will undoubtedly impact public health on a large scale for years to come".
According to the organizers, Minister Nyenswah intends to use the US$100,000 award money to improve the health system in Liberia and across the West African sub region, while working with Liberian leaders, with input from the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Receiving the award, Minster Nyenswah thanked the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and international partners for the recognition and promised that he will continue to work along with others in Liberia’s health sector to improve the health system.
He praised the Government and people of Liberia for resiliency during the Ebola crisis, and urged the international community for continued support towards building a vibrant health care system within the West African sub-region and beyond.
The event was attended by global health experts as well as world leaders, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, US Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Tabare Vazquez, President of Uruguay and Dr. Margret Chan, WHO Director General, among others.