DRASA works with government, local and international partners, community leaders, students, and health workers to promote adequate sanitation and hygiene, reduce and prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and strengthen Nigeria’s health security and emergency preparedness.
Our name (DRASA) is an abbreviation of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the courageous doctor who diagnosed and contained the first case of Ebola in Nigeria though she had never seen an Ebola patient before. When threatened by Liberian officials who wanted the patient – a diplomat – to be discharged to attend a conference, she resisted the pressure and said, “for the greater public good” she would not release him. Her efforts prevented a major outbreak in Africa’s most populous country, but as a result she contracted the virus and lost her life.
DRASA was established to continue her legacy of protecting public health.
Our Mission: to promote safe water, hygiene and sanitation; advance infection prevention and control; and strengthen health security and emergency preparedness
Our Vision: a healthy society supported by a strong health system that is prepared to prevent, detect, and contain infectious diseases and health threats