ACCRA, GHANA, AFRICA: April 26, 2024 – Founder and Medical Director of CHILD Accra, Dr. Juliette M. Tuakli, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 4th Africa Healthcare Awards and Summit (AHAS) for her tireless efforts and passion for improving healthcare and the lives of children and families throughout Africa.

The awards gala was the culmination of the summit, hosted by Zenith Global Health, and took place at the prestigious Accra International Conference Centre April 22-24.

Highly acclaimed pediatrician and reproductive health specialist Dr. Tuakli, who is the international charity Mercy Ships’ Diplomatic Ambassador for Africa, was the first African woman clinical professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical/Children’s of Boston. In her Mercy Ships role, she supports the charity’s strategic partnerships with governments, diplomatic entities, communities, and social organisations that build awareness and engagement.


Mary Akangbe, President and Founder of Zenith Global Health, said: “It gives us great pleasure to celebrate Dr. Juliette Tuakli by presenting with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony. Dr. Tuakli has an exemplary professional life that spans across public, private, and intergovernmental agencies across the world. Presently, she is the diplomatic ambassador at Mercy Ships. Dr. Tuakli was the first African woman clinical professor in Paediatrics at Harvard Medical /Children’s hospital of Boston. She has impacted many lives as a mentor and role model.”


Under the theme “Advances in Population Health – Tackling Inequalities and Access: A One Health Approach,” AHAS 2024 brought together healthcare professionals, policymakers, innovators, and stakeholders from across Africa to discuss pressing issues in healthcare and foster collaboration for sustainable solutions.


“We are honored to celebrate the achievements of healthcare professionals and organizations making a difference in the lives of people across Africa,” said Dr. Imane Kendili, President of Africa Global Health, Morocco. “The Africa Healthcare Awards showcase the dedication and commitment of individuals and institutions working tirelessly to improve healthcare outcomes and promote wellness in our communities.”


As the first female Rotary president of the premier Anglophone club in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Tuakli promoted legislation to protect those with disabilities, orphans, and vulnerable children. Her work was hailed by the African Union in 2016 and she was elected to the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.