Dr. Anne Deborah Atai-Omoruto


Age: 59

Ugandan doctor who went to Liberia at the height of the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and helped to turn the tide in the battle against the disease when she arrived in Liberia with a team of 14 Ugandan health workers at the request of the World Health Organization after non-governmental organizations were pulling their workers out of the country while many governments were unwilling to send medics (eventually 4,810 people in Liberia died of the disease and 10,678 were infected, making the country the hardest-hit in the region), whose team began training more than 1,000 Liberian health workers on how to manage Ebola patients and protect themselves from infection but who also managed a large treatment unit known as the Island Clinic, a joint initiative of the Liberian government and the WHO.

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Born: November 22, 1956

Died: May 5, 2016

Kampala, Uganda