Mr. Theobald Owusu-Ansah, the President and CEO of the Theobald Hepatitis B Foundation (hereafter referred to as the Foundation), was born on 22nd May, 1983 in Kumasi, Ghana. He just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems at the Regent University College of Science and Technology, Accra, Ghana. He also holds a diploma in network engineering and has been working at the Electricity Company of Ghana Limited (ECG) as a Senior Information Technology Assistant since November 2008. He had his senior secondary school education at Kumasi High School between February 2000 and August 2002. Though his background has been in information systems, he has a passion and commitment to the eradication of human suffering. As a consequence, he founded the Foundation in 2007 to champion the cause of carriers of the hepatitis virus in Ghana and beyond. The Foundation, which is a non-profit non-governmental organization registered in Ghana, seeks to promote awareness of the prevalence and incidence of viral hepatitis, and to educate the public in the prevention of the spread of the virus and the availability of treatment options. He has been financing the operations of the Foundation from his meagre monthly salary from his full-time employment. He has, however, been receiving support from organization such as the ECG, The latter international organizations have been financially sponsoring his conference attendance and the associated travelling and hoteling expenses for which he is very grateful. As part of his commitment to the eradication of the viral hepatitis, he has been involved in the establishment and operations of the Hepatitis Coalition of Ghana. Further, because of his immense contributions in advocating for carriers of the viral hepatitis whose rights are being trampled upon in the Africa both at their work places and in their communities in Ghana, he was elected as the first regional board member of the World Hepatitis Alliance to represent Africa in 2010. He has also been appointed as a board member of the National Association of Hepatitis Task Force in the USA. He has been helping in planning and organizing the celebration of the World Hepatitis Day in Africa, which have been massively patronized by most of the Africa countries in collaboration with their ministries of health and other stakeholders. Mr. Owusu-Ansah, who has put his life at the service to other, is a Christian and a member of his local Methodist Church. He likes travelling, watching football, reading, listening to music, and browsing the Internet at his leisure. He believes in the can-do spirit. He believes in both Africa and the total eradication of hepatitis.
After testing positive to hepatitis B, he encouraged his close friends to also get tested and started education on hepatitis in schools, churches, mosques etc with his limited resources. — Richard
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