The Late Prof. Gotlieb Lobe Monekosso has begun his final journey home this 11th January 2018. He was conferred Academic Honours at the University of Yaoundé 1, in a ceremony chaired by the Minister of Higher Education and Chancellor of Academic Orders Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo.
During the emotional ceremony, Late Professor Gotlieb Lobe Monekosso was christened an Encyclopaedia of Health Practice in Africa by a college of Academic dons.
The late Professor was born on 13th November 1928 in Cameroon. His Primary and Secondary Education record was in Lagos, Nigeria. He later proceeded to the University of London, England where he studied medicine from 1948-53.
The late health expert moved to the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and later the University College at Ibadan. In 1969, he returned to Cameroon to man the newly created University Centre for Health Sciences in Yaoundé.
In 1980-85, he became the World Health Organization Representative in Jamaica. In 1970, Monekosso was elected to the post of the WHO Director for Africa. He served in that capacity for ten years during which time he advised forty-six countries in Africa, the OAU and the Economic Commission for Africa.
The late Professor returned home in 1995 and founded the Global Health Dialogue. Two years later, came his appointment as Cameroon’s Health Minister; a post he held for three years.
After retirement, he devoted his time to research in Clinical Laboratory and field research on Endemic diseases. The world- class health experts’ teaching career stretched beyond Cameroon to the East, Western and Central Africa. The late Prof. Monekosso has many several honorary positions and has published many books and over 100 papers in the scientific and health Literature.
Until his death on 19th November 2017 in Douala, he supervised activities of the Global Health Dialogue and served as an adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on sub Saharan Africa schools.
His body is awaited in Douala and Buea for more academic honours before burial in his native village Dibombari on Saturday 13th January 2018.
Cathy Neba Sina