Accra, Jan 30, GNA - The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) of the United Kingdom has acknowledged the work of a Ghanaian Scientist, Dr Sylvia Josephine Anie and included her in the recent list of distinguished individuals who have been elevated as Fellows of the Society.
A statement issued and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Thursday in Accra, said the list was published in The Times Newspaper of London, on January 15, 2014, and that, the Society is given to a group of elected Fellows who have made major contributions to science and chemistry.
The RSC is a learned professional association in the United Kingdom, with the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences." It was formed in 1980 and has its headquarters at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.
Dr Sylvia Josephine Anie is a Chartered Scientist and an Inventor. She holds a patent for a compound she created at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom relating to Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the gastro-intestinal tract filed in March 1990.
The statement said Dr Anie exclaimed how honoured and delighted she was when she heard the news of her admission as a Fellow to such a prestigious society.
"I received a letter from the Royal Society of Chemistry in November last year inviting me to the elevated position of Fellow of the Society. They commended me for my contributions to science which they recognized as innovative, progressive and having global impact," she said.
"Being female and working in the area of health and science, I ponder over issues relating to girls and their interest in Science because we all know all over the world, including Ghana, the number of females who are taking up the Sciences is dropping. I think we should proactively advocate reducing this gap.
Dr. Anie, also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, steered the affairs of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for 5 years, as a Deputy Chief Executive and this, she says "has strengthened her ability to provide leadership to large teams of diverse individuals in a fast paced and challenging environment".
Her most recent position was with the Commonwealth Secretariat, as Director for the Social Transformations Programmes Division, working across 53 countries and 5 continents.
She provided intellectual leadership on the conceptualization of policies and programmes to implement the Commonwealth Secretariats mandate on Health, Education and Gender, and provided advice to Governments and Institutional partners, as well as serving as Conference Secretary to Ministerial meetings.
In 2011 and with her team, she convened the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in Geneva, under the theme 'Non-Communicable Diseases - A Priority for the Commonwealth and in 2012, convened the 18th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Mauritius, where they discussed progress and challenges of achieving the Millennium Development Goals and Education for All Goals.
Dr Anie further addressed the United Nations General Assembly at the High Level meeting on AIDS in 2011, where she delivered the Commonwealth Statement emphasizing that many Commonwealth countries, including Ghana, had made great strides in applying a multi-sectoral approach to increasing antiretroviral drug access.
Dr. Anie was instrumental in establishing Ghanas multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS. She was appointed as the first Director of Policy, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ghana AIDS Commission and served as a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group, UNAIDS, Geneva, for many years and on many related Advisory Boards.
Through her work on education and health, she has facilitated and driven reforms to protect the marginalized, empower girls and women and ensure access to quality and affordable health, education, safe water, sanitation and hygiene.