Harvard University honors Lupita’s mother

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Lupita Nyong’o’s mother, Dorothy Nyong’o, has been honored by Harvard University for her fight against cancer.

Dorothy 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.

“Let me take this opportune moment to congratulate my dear wife. This is in recognition of her limitless efforts in the war against cancer through Africa Cancer Foundation where she sits as the Foundation’s Managing Trustee,” said her husband Anyang’ Nyong’o who is also the Governor of Kisumu.

The Global Health Catalyst (GHC) summit is a yearly event at Harvard with satellite conferences in Europe and Africa.

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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.

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.

She has always advocated for collection and sharing of the right information regarding cancer saying it greatly reduces deaths.

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She 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”.

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