JCI News Doctor Serge Michel Kodom of Togo selected as one of the 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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For his extraordinary work in conducting medical and surgical missions for underprivileged populations, Dr. Serge Michel Kodom of Lomé, Togo was named a 2011 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of humanitarian and/or voluntary leadership. After obtaining a doctorate in medicine as well as special degrees in internal medicine, health education and infectious disease management of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Kodom set out to provide health services for those who need it most. Dr. Kodom is the Founder and President of AIMES-AFRIQUE, a nongovernmental organization consisting of volunteer doctors, specialists and surgeons who bring free hospital services and health education to remote villages across Africa. It is the one of the first African organizations created by a young local doctor to focus on medical humanitarianism. Dr. Kodom started his medical mission work in his home country of Togo, bringing his team on month-long mission trips to impoverished communities in each region of the country. During missions, his team of doctors organizes mass screenings, health education seminars, primary care consultations and surgeries – all at no cost to the patients. He then trains the local health workers in the regions to ensure proper care continues. Since 2007, Dr. Kodom has consulted more than 300,000 people, of which more than 10,000 have received free surgery. AIMES-AFRIQUE is now present across West Africa, Europe and America. Kodom shows through his imagination, initiative, action and passion that the human body is precious and must be protected as a service to humanity. JCI TOYP JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impacts in their communities. These ten young active citizens will be honored at the 2011 JCI TOYP Ceremony and reception Wednesday, November 2 at the 2011 JCI World Congress in Brussels, Belgium. About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. Visit www.jci.cc to learn more. Contact: Krissy Durant, Programs Manager, JCI (Junior Chamber International) programs@jci.cc
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