11 December 2012

Angola: WHO Africa Director Gets Honoris Causa Award

Lisbon — The Africa director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Angolan Luís Gomes Sambo, Monday in Lisbon received the Doctor Honoris Causa Title awarded by the Portuguese "Universidade Nova de Lisboa", Angop learned.

This was during a ceremony witnessed by the Angolan minister of Health José Van-Dúnem, and the ambassador to Portugal, José Marcos Barrica.

Luis Gomes Sambo on the occasion received the doctorate insignias from the hands of the university chancellor, António Bensabat Simões, saying he was "much honoured for joining the gallery of the great icons awarded the doctor honoris causa title."

Mentioning his career as a physician, Luís Sambo stressed that "far from a fiction, it was a reality of successes and frustrations."

"I continue this struggle with enthusiasm, in the lights of the ideas and knowledge transmitted by many professionals, scientists and academics from various parts of the world," highlighting prominent figures of the Portuguese medicine with whom he has had the privilege to interact, the laureate said.

Luis Gomes Sambo explained his distinction with concerted and permanent efforts he and former and present colleagues have made within the WHO Africa offices to fight diseases and promote the sanitary development in the continent.

Luís Gomes Sambo, who is in his second term at the head of WHO/ Africa after he was first elected in February 2005, holds a PhD in Management from the Hull University (UK).

He graduated as physician from Angola's State-run Agostinho Neto University, before he obtained a specialisation diploma in public health from the Portuguese Medical Order.

Some of the distinctions conferred on Dr Sambo include: Certificate--Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Seventh Edition 2009-2010, USA;The Silver Plate award by the Angolan Medical Association; Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International; Commander of the Order of Madagascar, Public Health Gold Medal by the Republic of Niger; and Officier de l'Ordre National Award from the Government of Burkina Faso; and Doctor HonorisCausa by the University of Kinshasa, DR Congo. He communicates fluently in Portuguese, French and English.

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