Harvard Public Health Magazine lists 25 Africans as standout voices in African public health. The magazine honors African leaders focusing on different fields shaping policy and practice in Africa. One of the featured Africans on the list, Professor Kelly Chibale from the University of Cape Town, stated that the role of African health sciences and communities in the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light “”out of Africa”” innovation, capacity, and infrastructure that are not currently recognized. There has also been strong leadership across the African continent to coordinate pandemic responses, including leading advocacy efforts to keep African public health at the top of the global health agenda.
The magazine includes some of the most influential people in Africa with professionals such as scientists, public health advocates, and policy experts from South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Lesotho, Zambia, Congo, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Mali, Egypt, Botswana, and Uganda. Some individuals are Professor Quarraisha Abdool, who led South Africa’s first community-based HIV prevalence study in 1990, Julie Makani, who established the world’s largest sickle cell disease study center in Tanzania, and more.