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General News of Monday, 11 February 2019

Source: Dr Michael Adusei-Nsowah

Avance Media rates Dr Adusei-Nsowah as 7th Most Influential Young Ghanaian

Avance Media, an Africa-based public rating firm, has nominated Founder and Project Director of Primary Health Vision Care Global (PHG), Dr Michael Adusei-Nsowah as 7th Most Influential Young Ghanaian for 2018.

Avance, focuses on recognition of Young exceptional African talents in various fields of work and profession, through Public nomination, expert assessment and public voting.

Michael, comes number 7th among the list of 50 nominees, leaving behind popular celebrities like Afia Pokua, Stonewbwoy and Shatta Wale.

He becomes an African Health and Social Entrepreneur when as a practising Optometrist and Vision Scientist, he founded PHG alongside a Team of voluntary mangers in Community Health Promotion & Vision Care services, especially in deprived areas in Ghana, West Africa.

Michael began PHG as a voluntary organisation a few years ago, when he joined a team of Volunteers to Rural-Urban Communities in Ghana, and seeing people reporting late for clinical treatment on what is termed "preventable blindness" or a number of avoidable deaths; the task was more of preventive care.

Serving people in these communities with quality, affordable and socially sustainable for Professional Mobile Eye Health Partnership Services, & Community Health Promotion Social Enterprise services/products. This they have dutifully done over the last 2- 3 years, as a blend of Social enterprise and voluntary organisation.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency for The Prevention of Blindness, 80% of global eye conditions is preventable, if people have access to Professional care at an affordable and sustainable cost. Unfortunately, about 89% of the global Visual impairment is found in developing nations including Ghana, and African nations in extension.

Michael has visited 8 out of the 10 regions of Ghana, over 80 communities and cared for about 18,000 people with the PHG Team/ partners and referred many to secondary and tertiary health facilities for further care.

There is ecstasy for continuous innovation to blending Community Health Promotion, Vision Care project modules, Social Enterprise, & Technological transformation, as they work to scale, to many communities in Ghana, and beyond.

For us at PHG, we seek to expand and create sustainable Community Health promotion products, delivery & vision care accessibility service on social enterprise centres, mobile clinic vans & vans for travelling and caring for People in communities in Ghana/Africa, and training community volunteers to be employable through the project module channels. These project modules are aimed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, 3: Good Health & Wellbeing, Vision 2020, and Universal Health For all.

Below are a few of the successes Michael has chalked alongside the team at PHG:

1. Top 50 Entrepreneurs with sustainability project in Africa with potential to improve lives of Africans and create jobs (out of 4,000) by the African Entrepreneurship Award Team, Morocco, 2016

2. Top 10 MTN Heroes of Change (out of 2,400) Community Health, by the MTN foundation Ghana, 2017

3. Top 6 Health care social enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa (out of 246), Innovate for Life, Amref Health Africa, Accelerator fund programme, 2017, Kenya.

4.Top 100 Nomination Goalkeepers Youth Accelerator Action (out of 2,077) by Civicus / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2018/19

Founder & Project Director at PHG

Dr Michael Adusei-Nsowah