Prof Francis Gervase Omaswa, a former director general for Health Services in the ministry of Health, has been elected, as the only African to the Institute of Medicine (IOM).
This was during the organisation’s 43rd annual meeting recently, where names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates were announced. IOM is an American, independent non-profit organisation founded in 1970 to provide aice on issues relating to biomedical science, medicine and health.
Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine, and recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
“These individuals have inspired us through their achievements in research, teaching, clinical work and other contributions to the medical field,” said Harvey V Fineberg, IOM’s president in a press statement.
Fineberg added that members are required to commit to volunteering their services on IOM committees, boards and other activities.
About Prof Omaswa:
A short bio of Prof Omaswa on the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health website hails him as the executive director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), an independent think tank and network that works to stimulate the growth of African-rooted capacity for leadership and excellence in health.
Until May 2008, he was the founding executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA). Omaswa is a graduate of Makerere Medical School, Uganda, a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and is a senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Another bio about him online records his academic career including him serving as head of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta National hospital in Kenya. He is also the founding director of the Uganda Heart Institute and founding president of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa, which covers 12 countries.
“He has served as founding chairman of the Global Stop TB Partnership board, chair of the portfolio and procurement committee of the Global Fund board, chair of the GAVI Independent Review Committee and a member of the steering committee of the high-level forum on health-related MDGs,” reads the bio.
Omaswa is also the current chancellor of Busitema University.
Source : The Observer