In a remarkable achievement, Ms Gifty Atampugbire, a dedicated Public Health Nurse at the University of Ghana Medical Centre Ltd (UGMC), has been chosen as one of the recipients of the prestigious 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States. Ms Atampugbire’s selection is a testament to her outstanding contributions in the field of public health and her tireless efforts to improve healthcare in her community.
Out of a staggering 3,200 Ghanaian applicants, Ms Atampugbire emerged as one of the 33 Ghanaians selected for this esteemed fellowship. Furthermore, she is one of only 700 individuals from sub-Saharan Africa to be chosen from a pool of 45,000 applicants across the region. This recognition highlights Ms Atampugbire’s exceptional skills and commitment to making a positive impact on society.
Currently serving as the Tuberculosis (TB) Coordinator at UGMC, Ms Atampugbire has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in spearheading ‘The Ambassadors of the UGMC Breastfeeding Friendly Hospital Initiative.’ Her dedication to promoting breastfeeding and advocating for disease prevention has been instrumental in reducing preventable deaths in her communities.
The University of Ghana Medical Centre Ltd, where Ms Atampugbire works, is a world-class quaternary medical and research facility that provides exceptional patient care, training, and research opportunities. Her selection for the Mandela Washington Fellowship not only reflects her individual accomplishments but also showcases the institution’s commitment to excellence.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a highly competitive program initiated by the U.S. government to empower emerging leaders from across Africa. This fellowship offers participants a unique opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, network with other exceptional professionals, and collaborate on initiatives aimed at driving positive change.
As Ms Atampugbire embarks on this transformative journey, her selection for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship stands as a proud moment for Ghana, the University of Ghana, and the Ministry of Health. Her dedication, passion, and voluntary services in the fight against diseases have made a lasting impact on her community, and we eagerly anticipate the positive contributions she will make during her time in the United States.
Congratulations, Ms Gifty Atampugbire, and may your achievements continue to inspire others as you strive to create a healthier and more inclusive society.
University of Ghana, Legon | Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders | Ministry of Health Ghana | US Embassy, Accra, Ghana