Zenith Global Health Honours Sir. Eldryd Parry, Physician and Founder THET with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sir Eldryd Parry trained both at Emmanuel College Cambridge and the National School of medicine and worked at the Hammersmith Hospital, London.
He went on secondment with his wife, Helen to University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria from September 1960-63. He worked at the new Medical faculty Halle Sellasie1 University in Addis Ababa in 1966.
In 1969, he returned to Nigeria as Professor of Medicine at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and became the Foundation Dean of Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Ilorin which pioneered the ‘Community-Based experience and Service’ for Medical Students.
His Principle of Medicine in Africa now in its fourth edition was published in 1974.
In 1980, he became the Dean at the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He returned to London in 1985 and started working at Wellcome Trust and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
He founded the (THET) The Tropical Health and Education Trust in 1988 with Helen (His wife)and friends in order to strengthen training for healthcare in Sub-Saharan African Countries, often in disciplines such as frontline surgery. The principle was to respond to requests and establish partnerships between a Country’s health professionals and their counterparts in the UK.
In response to the award, Sir Eldryd said ‘I am amazed and it is a wonderful honour. Looking forward to the presentation night’
He stood down as Chairman of THET trustee in 2007 but has retained an active interest in its work which has grown substantially in Africa and beyond, strongly supported by the Department for International Development. His current interest and research is a progression of decentralized care for rural Ethiopians with Chronic Non-communicable disease.
‘It is a great privilege for us as a platform celebrating Healthcare professionals Globally to be able to honour Sir Eldryd considering the scale of his work and impact on healthcare delivery globally, a legacy for many’ said Mary Akangbe of Zenith Global Healthcare Awards
Sir Eldryd was appointed KCMG in 2011.