Victoria Adepoju | Nigeria
Victoria Feyikemi Adepoju is a medical doctor with more than 12 years experience in healthcare delivery and advocacy, focusing on the health and well-being of young women. Victoria is currently the team lead at the African Development and Empowerment Foundation, an organization that works to combat Nigeria's high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. She has served other organizations, as well, including the AIDS Public Health Initiative, which is funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); Babcock University Teaching Hospital; Academy Hospital and Medical Services; and Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital. While at PEPFAR, Victoria oversaw the treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS, including pregnant women. Victoria is also state coordinator for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning. Though a longtime advocate for maternal health, Victoria's near-death experience during pregnancy made her realize the plight of average pregnant women in Nigeria. Victoria's current initiative helps reduce maternal mortality by providing mobile diagnostic services to marginalized communities that rely on government-owned primary healthcare centers. Dr. Vickie has earned several awards for her efforts. On completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, she hopes to continue her work providing community services with a focus on young women.