The catalyst for a major career decision in the life of Dr. Ola Orekunrin Brown came about almost 10 years ago with the loss of her 12-year-old sister.
Struggling to locate an air ambulance in West Africa, the family arranged for a South African service to airlift her to a hospital but before the logistics could be arranged, Ola’s sister succumbed to her condition.
Motivated by this tragedy, Ola shifted her focus to establishing West Africa’s first national Air Ambulance Service. Today, Flying Doctors Nigeria transports patients from Abuja to Port Harcourt and operate 20 charter aircrafts with 24-hour critical care doctors on board, every day of the year.
Lots of people die, not because the help they need isn’t anywhere, it’s just that they’re unable to get to the right medical facility within the right timeframe.— Dr. Ola Orekunrin Brown, Founder & MD of Flying Doctors Nigeria
Dedicated to bringing trauma care to the most remote parts of West Africa, the Lagos-based ambulance service specializes in providing air ambulance services, training and consultancy to governments and private organisations across Africa.
With her focus set on expanding the life-saving operation within Nigeria first, Ola is determined to secure global funding in order to venture out into other African regions. She has also become a prominent member of the Lionesses of Africa - a community passionate about women's entrepreneurship in Africa.
But, whilst there are still various challenges that come with securing investment, Ola is optimistic that African growth figures have begun to make a positive impact.
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