Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr Juliette Tuakli

UK Trustee of Mercy Ships, Dr Juliette M. Tuakli, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 4th Africa Healthcare Awards and Summit (AHAS) in Accra on April 26, hosted by Zenith Global Health. The award celebrates her tireless efforts and passion for improving healthcare and the lives of children and families throughout Africa. 

Highly acclaimed paediatrician and reproductive health specialist Dr Tuakli, was the first African woman clinical professor in Paediatrics at Harvard Medical/Children’s of Boston. Alongside her role as a UK Trustee, Dr Tuakli plays a key part as Mercy Ships’ Diplomatic Ambassador for Africa. Through this role she supports the charity’s strategic partnerships with governments, diplomatic entities, communities, and social organisations that build awareness and engagement.

Joanne Balaam, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Ships, said: 

“We were delighted to hear that Dr Tuakli has won this prestigious award. Her professional work has achieved significant, sustainable impacts in Public Health, Paediatrics, Ethics, Philanthropy and Horticulture in Africa, USA and Europe. As a UK Trustee of Mercy Ships and Mercy Ships’ Diplomatic Ambassador for Africa, her role is fundamental, impacting many lives across the continent.” 

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. 

UK-based, Nurse Specialist Practitioner, Mary Akangbe, President and Founder of Zenith Global Health, said: 

“It gives us great pleasure to celebrate Dr. Juliette Tuakli by presenting her with a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony. Dr. Tuakli has an exemplary professional life that spans public, private, and intergovernmental agencies across the world. She has impacted many lives as a mentor and role model.” 

As the first female Rotary president of the premier Anglophone club in Ghana, West Africa, Dr Tuakli promoted legislation to protect people 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. 

In 2022, Dr Tuakli retired from United Way Worldwide, where she was Chair of both the Membership and the Governance Committees before becoming the first female Chair of the International Board of Trustees.  

As a highly respected social philanthropist, she has served on the Mercy Ships International Board for over 10 years and also on the Mercy Ships UK board. Dr. Tuakli co-founded MOREMI Girls Leadership and has served as an Advisor to Nestle, the African Union, and other international organisations. She is a Board member of Zenith Bank and the Global Virus Network.   

In May 2022, Dr Tuakli officially christened the Global Mercy during special inaugural ceremonies for Mercy Ships’ newest hospital ship, during Africa celebrations hosted by the President Macky Sall in Dakar, Senegal.  

The AHAS summit focused on addressing the challenges of population health through a holistic approach. Topics include healthcare financing, manufacturing and supply chain management, community engagement, and the role of technology in improving healthcare access and delivery. 

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