Tosan Oruwariye

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2003
Morris Heights Health Center


This profile was prepared when Tosan Oruwariye was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Though a primary care specialist, Tosan recognizes that by making the necessary technology available, simple secondary medical interventions could help save millions of lives in Nigeria and elsewhere. Starting with dialysis, a basic procedure that can prevent death from chronic or acute kidney failure, Tosan is building global bridges for the sustainable transfer of highly technical health services to developing countries.
Although medical institutions in developed countries sometimes donate medical technology, without maintenance it becomes obsolete. Tosan networks with Western medical institutions and other players to provide equipment, technical assistance, training, and health education to Nigerian hospitals on an ongoing basis. The services thus require minimal capital expenditure, making them significantly more affordable for patients, and they remain functional and up to date. To ensure her model does not rest on unsustainable foreign dependency, the Nigerian hospitals agree to establish the dialysis centers as independent units that supply the service directly to the patients and use the income generated to maintain the center.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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