Nelson Conteh: Bio and photo pending
Michael Drusano, M.D. is currently based out of Miami Beach, Florida. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida – the site of the first Family Medicine residency program in the nation. Given his training, he is perfectly comfortable with seeing a wide variety of patients from adults to the elderly to pregnant patients as well as pediatric patients – including the little ones at The Dream Home.
Besides Sierra Leone, he has also done international work in such diverse locales as rural Colombia, Botswana, South Africa, Cambodia, Somalia, and the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Back in Miami, he sees and treats a wide variety of patients in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.
“Ebola still is not over,” says Dr. Drusano. “Its effects continue to reverberate through West Africa, especially among the most vulnerable populations. Participating in the care of the orphans of The Dream Home is a small but important way of mitigating those effects.”
Hudson Jackson (bio pending)
Dr. Cheedy Jaja is an associate professor of nursing and medicine at the University of Cincinnati and an NIH funded clinical and translational research scientist.
Dr. Jaja's clinical and health sciences credentials include a registered nursing license; a master of nursing and a master of public health genetics degree from the University of Washington; and a certificate in clinical and translational science from the Georgia Regents University. He was the inaugural Pharmacogenetics, Ethics and Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Indiana University School of Medicine Center for Bioethics. In 2014 -2015, Dr. Jaja was involved in the global response to the Ebola Virus Disease epidemic and provided direct clinical care for patients with EVD in Sierra Leone. He is currently involved in a sickle cell disease health systems strengthening and capacity building project in Sierra Leone. Dr. Jaja is the clinical director for the Dream Home. And he is quite passionate about the kids.
Sylvester Renner is passionate about effecting permanent change and making a mark in Africa that cannot be erased. He is the co-founder and president of Develop Africa. Mr. Renner holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), with a specialization in Information Technology. He has over 15 years of strategic, hands-on experience in project management, small business development, business analysis, information technology implementation, and web development and consulting. Mr. Renner has worked full-time with RURCON/RUDERSERV (in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)) and with NGOs implementing food and nutrition programs in Western Area, South and Eastern Provinces of Sierra Leone. He has also worked in literature development and reading promotion. Mr. Renner is semi-fluent in French and widely traveled internationally. You can follow Sylvester on twitter @sylrenner.