Lucie Avoaka

Laureate 2007

Lucie Avoaka

Santa Maria Medical Center
Healthcare provider in the underprivileged region of Abobo.

In Africa, quality medical care - especially preventive care - can be expensive and difficult to find. Lucie Avoaka's Santa Maria Medical Centre aims to change that by providing a range of medical services at prices which are adapted to the client's budget.

Lucie studied medicine in her native Abidjan and decided to specialize in tropical medicine. She worked in the public health service for over 18 years and then went on to become an independent consultant in public health issues, specifically in tropical medicine and STDs. Her contact with patients in the field has given her a real understanding of the need for quality preventive medicine among poorer communities.