Professor Marleen Temmerman, a distinguished fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the Director of Aga Khan University's Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, East Africa (CoEWCH EA), has received exceptional recognition in 2022 with her induction into two prestigious American academies.
Incorporated in 1780, the venerable American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) has bestowed upon Professor Marleen a well-deserved honour in recognition of her outstanding leadership and exemplary contributions in the realms of health and rights for women, children, and adolescents. The AAAS, one of the oldest learned societies in the United States, is renowned for its members' dedication to addressing societal challenges, identifying solutions, and promoting nonpartisan recommendations for the greater good.
Professor Marleen's induction into the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), one of the three academies constituting the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), is considered one of the highest honours attainable in the fields of health and medicine. Her induction is a testament to her distinguished professional accomplishments, unwavering commitment to service, and substantial contributions to the advancement of medical sciences, healthcare, and public health.
Throughout her illustrious career, Professor Marleen has dedicated herself to enhancing healthcare access for disadvantaged populations and has been an unwavering advocate for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls on a global scale. She has played an instrumental role in creating a global network of universities collaborating on issues of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health. This network has effectively translated evidence, data, and innovation into best practices and policies, furthering the cause of global public health.
Professor Marleen joins a select group of luminaries who have been honoured by the AAAS and NAM, a list that includes illustrious figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and Nelson Mandela. Members of AAAS significantly influence research, analysis, and policy in a multitude of domains, spanning from science and technology to global security, education, and the arts.
Expressing her profound gratitude, Professor Marleen underscored the fundamental importance of equity, diversity, and solidarity in the pursuit of a better future that leaves no one behind. Her tireless efforts continue to reverberate across the landscape of global health and the protection of the rights of women, children, and adolescents.
This recognition serves as a powerful testament to the enduring significance of Professor Marleen's contributions and her unrelenting commitment to improving healthcare and advancing the rights of women and children on a global scale.
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