Aggrey Otieno

2012 Laureate, Science & Health
Kenya, Born 1978

Project Goal

Build a telemedicine centre in a slum to save the lives of mothers and babies

Location: Kenya

Admired by his peers for his vision and determination, Aggrey Otieno has overcome the challenges of his background to become the first person from Korogocho to attain a Master’s degree.

In 2011, he received a Master of Arts in communications and development and a diploma in African community health from Ohio University in the United States. In the same year, he founded the grass-roots organization Pambazuko Mashinani and was the recipient of an award from the Clinton Global Initiative University and funding from the Ford Foundation Fellowships Program. An advocate of a variety of social causes for nearly a decade, Otieno was motivated to tackle the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in Nairobi’s slums when his sister developed serious obstetric problems while in labour at home at night. He is a role model who is mobilizing people and developing strong networks to help his community.

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