Fandango’s Who Won the Week

My candidate this week is this amazing woman!

“She’s a former president, a Nobel laureate — and still on a mission at age 83”MARC SILVER

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia and first elected female head of state in Africa, stands for a portrait on World Malaria Day in Washington, D.C. Sirleaf, now a leader for global health issues, jokes that this is an “Angela Merkel” pose. Shuran Huang/For NPR


“In 2006, she became the first democratically elected women leader of an African country – more than a decade before the U.S. celebrated its first female … vice president.”

“She is a co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. When she got the call, she recalls with bemusement that she was in the middle of a campaign trek on a very bad road. Her first response: Why?”

“She is the legendary Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. And at 83 she is not ready to retire. On a visit to Washington, D.C., on Monday she talked about her latest mission – getting more money for the fight against malaria – and highlights of her storied life.”

“Sirleaf’s trip seeking support for the fight against malaria comes at a critical time. There were 241 million cases of malaria in 2020, the most recent year for which data are available, up from 227 million cases the year before. Deaths increased, too. The pandemic shoulders much of the blame for hindering access to health care.”

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