This award is given to a person who has made exceptional outstanding performance to healthcare and/or the practice of medicine by virtue of their everyday way of life and career. They in carrying out their daily duties in healthcare or otherwise, have highlighted aspects of the practice of the medical profession that capture the essence of selfless service and respect for patients and humanity in general. They continuously express great passion for public service, a virtue that we all must emulate and aspire to attain. Theirs is a distinguished public life laced with unwavering commitment to better the lives of others by addressing particular health matters and offering a selfless service to humanity through their work ethic. This is a life that can be appreciated by those not even in the medical profession and is awarded to individuals whose work transcends the medical profession.
The Award Recipient
The recipient has a distinguished record of academic and research achievements, hospital management, and high-level public administration. She is the founding Vice Chancellor for the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University, the first purpose-built health training Public University offering health profession education and training. Prior to this appointment, the recipient held the positions of Permanent Secretary Training in the Ministry of Health (MOH), Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health. In her career as an academician at the University of Zambia (UNZA), she rose from Senior Lecturer to her current professorial rank. Her 40-year career in hospital administration included four years as the Managing Director of the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), Zambia’s largest hospital. As a researcher and pediatrician, she has published extensively in the areas of neurology, neonatology, HIV/AIDS, and child sexual abuse in reputable journals. The Award recipient is currently the Vice Chancellor, Senior Consultant Pediatrician at Levy Mwanawasa Medical University.
- 1973 1st prize – Sir Ian Macadum for Best Student in Surgery/UNZA
- 1973 1st prize –Best Student in Obstetrics and Gynaecology/UNZA
- 1973 1st prize –Best Student Paediatrics/ UNZA
- 1973 MBChB Best graduating student /UNZA
- 1997 Received Merit Award for best clinical teaching skills funded by Department for International Development (DFID)
The ZMA 2019 Presidents Award (Highest honor of ZMA Awards) was Professor Elywn Nachanya Chomba.,