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First Lady to receive Honorary Fellowship Award for her efforts towards maternal health

2017-03-20T14:48:29.507+0000 Geoffrey Mwai

Caption: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at a past event. Photo credit: Biggest Kaka

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Monday afternoon landed in the port City of Cape Town where she is scheduled to receive an Honorary Fellowship Award in recognition of her unflinching commitment towards maternal and Chidren's Health in Kenya.

She will receive the prestigious Fellow of Honoris Cusa Award from the globally respected Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to also appreciate her tireless efforts towards the reduction of mother-to-child HIV transmission under her innovative Beyond Zero initiative.

After receiving the Award, the First Lady will be accorded further honors when she delivers a keynote address to thousands of internationally recognized medical professionals from 77 countries, 26 of them from Africa.

The 2017 edition of the RCOG Congress in Cape Town marks the first time the conference is taking place in Africa.

The conference opened at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this afternoon and ends on Wednesday when the First Lady delivers her keynote address on the theme of Women and Girls’ health in Africa–shifting the paradigm.

RCOG awards the Fellowships of Honoris Cusa in recognition of the work of individuals who are not members of the global association but who have contributed to the advancement of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Women’s Health Services or work of the RCOG.

The Honorary Fellowships are the highest Awards by the RCOG and are given following a rigorous exercise of screening and vetting by the Council.

Although most of the Honorary Fellowship awardees are clinicians who have demonstrated great commitment to the Gynaecology and Obstetrician specialty, the RCOG also awards this honour to other individuals who are not clinicians but have distinguished themselves by their unflinching commitment to Women’s Health either Nationally or internationally.

The First Lady falls in the latter category and her nomination was proposed by the African Representative on the RCOG Council Prof. Justin C. Konje.

“There are no expectations with this award other than you continue championing the cause of women in Kenya and indeed anywhere the opportunity arises,” says Prof. Konje in a letter to the First Lady from the University of Leincester’s School of Medicine seeking permission to present her nomination.

Besides the First Lady, other key speakers at the conference include RCOG President Professor Lesley Regan, RCOG Senior Vice President prof. Mary Ann Lumsden and RCOG Vice President for Global Affairs Mr. Hani Fawzi, among other top health professionals from the world.     ---ByPSCU

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