Good morning ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the mid-week episode of the Rebrand Nigeria Ambassadors Series!
We are showcasing an exceptional young lady who is a healthcare professional. She is an expert in preventive medicine, public health advocacy, Sustainable Development Goals and digital healthcare systems. She has been involved in developing programs and initiatives that create and improved healthcare access to marginalised populations especially children in underserved and poor communities. Please join us as we celebrate Dr Cassandra Akinde!
Dr Cassandra is currently a Team Lead for The Neo Child Initiative (TNCI); a non-governmental organisation that focuses on child health awareness and sustainable education. She is passionate about health advocacy, human rights, humanitarian work and environmental sustainability. As a team lead, she manages teams, delegates responsibilities, reviews monthly progress reports and ensures timely implementation of projects.
While she was at medical school, she began volunteering for TNCI. During that period she visited staff schools where she taught children hand washing practises, nutrition, personal and dental hygiene. Through her drive and enthusiasm for improving the lives of children through mentorship and capacity building, she gradually began to climb up the ladder of leadership, taking on more responsibilities and positions and now oversees the affairs of over 400 youths volunteering and working for the organisation.
She and her team have reached over 5000 children in schools on SDG Education by developing programs such as essay competitions, workshops, seminars, capacity building and research master-classes. The winners of the interschool competitions are matched to mentors organisations.
Dr Akinde has developed innovative strategies using social media and storytelling to carryout projects in many communities. She has volunteered for many organisations such as NeoChild Care, War Against Rape, Girlhub Africa, Kids Beach Garden, Smile With Me Initiative, Health Hub Africa and Medglobe. Her volunteering experiences coupled with leadership and networking skills she built over the years won her the Prestigious Chevening Scholarship to study MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
She is fluent English, Spanish, and Russian with a growing proficiency in German. She is a Rotary Club alumni and SDG Advocate with focus on SGD3, 4 and 17. She is also on the board of trustees of Medglobe. She has received numerous awards and recognitions some of which include: 100 Most Inspiring Women, Nigerian Volunteer Award – 2019, Chevening Awards – 2019/2020, Global Goodwill Ambassador for Health Advocacy in Nigeria among others.
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God bless Nigeria!!