We had ring side seats ...listening to exceptional talks by Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Patric Awuah, Euvin Naidoo and Eleni Gabri Madhin. ...quietly wiping tears from our eyes pondering the missed opportunities of the past and the enthusiasm of these heroes of the present.
One talk was particularly poignant. Dr. Ernest Madu was a few years our senior at the College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria. He runs the Heart Institute of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, where he proves that -- with careful design, smart technical choices, and a true desire to serve -- it's possible to offer world-class health care in the developing world.
Sadly....he is NOT doing this in Nigeria. he would love to... After the success of this he was building an equivalent center in Port Harcourt. That was just before the rise in violence in the Niger Delta.
While focusing on AIDS, Malaria and TB, Ernest asked that we should not forget all the other important causes of illness and death!
His question: What would happen if any of us had a heart attack here in Arusha, Tanzania at 11pm at night…...you know the answer :)
If you do not want to feel sad for Nigeria...do not watch this!