Dr Lilian Ngongwen Ngwana Epse Banmi, Obstetrician-Gynaecologist, with ten years of experience says she is passionate about the reproductive and sexual life of a woman.
Ngwana spoke during a send off organized for the 2021 Chevening cohort at the Residence of the British High Commissioner to Cameroon on September 1.
“My driving force has been to study more, know more to help young girls and women, i am passionate about the sexual and reproductive health life of a woman”.
Seeing young girls engage in early sexual life with untold consequences moves this doctor to want to change things in her little way.
Going to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ngwana is among 13 others from Chad, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, who have got the opportunity to study in the UK.
The UK offers courses that focus on low and middle income countries and this would be of much help to Ngwana to curb maternal mortality, through research.
In the UK maternal mortality is 9 per 100,000 live births while in Cameroon, it is pegged at 406 down from 782 per 100,000 live births, she stated.
Ngwana has been striving to change her community from the suburbs, “to tell the girl child what menstruation is all about, what to do when she does not have a pad, help her wade off men when her hormones start developing and keep her self together from unwanted pregnancies”.
Dr Christian Dennys-McClure, British High Commissioner to Cameroon sending off the 2021 Chevening cohort said, ….”If you want to be the best at what you do, if you have the imagination to inspire others, then, the Chevening scholarship could be the perfect opportunity”.
“I hope that this challenging but enriching year studying in the UK will inspire new ideas within you, empowering you to return home and bring your ideas to life”, he emphasized.
The Chevening Scholarship started in 1993 and has developed into an international prestigious award scheme.
Scholars are selected from 160 countries worldwide and for the past five years the UK government has hard close to 10,000 awards. The Alumni is made up of about 50,000 influential and highly regarded personalities world wide.