By Theophilus Alawonde
Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi, a graduate from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, has been conferred the 2021 Diana Award, said to be the most prestigious award for youth who contribute to social good.
The award, which was presented at a virtual ceremony on Monday, 28 June 2021, was in recognition of the Ibadan-trained pharmacist’s work advancing the roles research and advocacy can play in developmental work in Africa at Global Health Focus. The pharmacist’s work has made lasting impacts in promoting health research-driven social changes in regions across Africa, and more than 50 of his articles are featured in peer-reviewed journals. As one of the conveners of Pharma Incubation Hub, Yusuff has mentored over 100 young people in health research.
This year’s selection focused on young people who committed their resources – intellect, time, presence – to combatting the Covid-19, as front-line workers or researchers. Yusuff Adebisi is one of such people, as he wrote several articles to provide grassroots evidence for preparedness and response to the pandemic in Africa.
The Diana Award was established to immortalise Princess Diana of Wales. Recall that Yusuff Adebisi has also won several awards and grants as a pharmacist and public health researcher.