Success Story September 24, 2020 at 09:32 am

Meet the five Africans among TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2020

Ama Nunoo September 24, 2020 at 09:32 am

September 24, 2020 at 09:32 am | Success Story

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Jean-Jacques Muyembe Tamfum

Muyembe Tamfum made it to this year’s prestigious ‘leader’s’ list and it’s worth applauding. His contributions to science and his work on the Ebola virus in Congo cannot go unmentioned.

His fellow countryman, Nobel Peace Laureate and gynecologist Denis Mukwege gave an intriguing testament to Tamfum’s contributions to Congo and the world.

“His fight against Ebola, from helping discover the virus in 1976 through the recent outbreak from 2018 to 2020, has greatly benefited the people of Congo as well as the entire world.

“Dr. Muyembe took exemplary action to battle misinformation and public mistrust of vaccine therapies, and pioneered new containment techniques for the devastating virus, thus strengthening the medical and scientific commitment of an entire generation.

“For five decades, he has been a model of excellence for humanity as he gives hope to the most vulnerable. Dr. Muyembe is among the exceptional men who advance science and truly make a difference.

“Even beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Muyembe’s many contributions to medicine make him a treasure for the world. I applaud his work, dedication and perseverance.”

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