Dorothy Nyong’o, mother to Oscar-Winning Hollywood superstar Lupita Nyong’o has been honoured by Harvard University for her fight against cancer.
Mrs. Nyong’o was among the winners announced in the 2019 Global Health Catalyst Awards where she bagged the 2019 Harvard Global Health Catalyst Cancer Advocacy Champion Award.
Dorothy, the Managing Trustee of Africa Cancer Foundation (ACF) which creates awareness on the prevention, management and treatment of cancer in Africa, has had a close encounter with cancer herself when her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010.
The mother of six has so far provided consultancy services for the public sector, international and national NGOs most notably the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) where she conducted research and wrote a project on “strategies for increasing the visibility of NGOs in Kenya”.
The Global Health Catalyst (GHC) summit is a yearly event at Harvard with satellite conferences in Europe and Africa.
It’s dedicated to catalyzing high impact international collaborations and initiatives to eliminate global health disparities, with cancer and other non-communicable diseases being the main focus.