The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) honored four leading African women, including the President of Mauritius, for contributions in science and public health, during the Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training’s (CePAT’s) Honors program in Accra. Her Excellency received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to public health in Africa and globally. Earlier in her career, she co-authored Africa’s first herbal pharmacopeia, a compendium of herbal medicines.
The President also said that the demand for women leaders in science is high and encouraged the young women and students at the event to enter the pipeline for scientific careers, saying, “We complain there are not enough women coming out of the pipe. If women are to assume leadership positions … we need more mentoring. This morning’s program was precisely this. If we build their confidence and tell them from a young age that the sky’s the limit, we will see more girls in the sciences.”
Her Excellency met with the President of the Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo to hold bilateral talks and launch an initiative aimed at building and empowering the African youth with skills and opportunities to reach their potential.