Dr Yashua Alkali Hamza is a leader for change in newborn and child health in Nigeria. As Head of Paediatrics in the country’s busiest hospital, the Murtala Muhammed, Yashua fought through stigma against HIV and conservative attitudes towards female leaders to set up one of the first Centres for the care of families with HIV/AIDS.

Since then, she has gained multiple awards for her work in improving the health of children, including the Pediatric Association of Nigeria award, and has become a driving force for leadership development as the Maternal Health Young Champions Programme in Nigeria Programme Director.

The secret of her leadership success? Maximising the potential of those around her, never giving up and inspiring people to make change happen.

Read more about Yashua at ideas.lshtm.ac.uk/blogs

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