Olamide Orekunrin

Medical Doctor and Managing Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria

Location icon Nigeria

Born, raised and trained in the UK, I graduated as one of the youngest medical doctors in England. I'm is also a trainee helicopter pilot.

Determined to improve the healthcare delivery system in Nigeria, I set up Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s first and only full air ambulance service. Since then, we have successfully steered the company upwards in achieving its corporate goals and ensuring sustained growth.

Portfolio

Blog

Olamide's Blog
08/21/2015
Female entrepreneur cooking on gas by Olamide Orekunrin

Olamide Orekunrin is a doctor in West Africa and the Founder of the region's first indigenous emergency service, Having started Flying Doctors Nigeria with her own money and expertise, Olamide Orekunrin is always inspired by the next African female entrepreneur. Flying Doctors Nigeria (De Flight Medics Ltd).

Olamide's Blog
08/12/2015
Health-E-Net set to revolutionise rural African healthcare

Olamide Orekunrin is a doctor in West Africa and the Founder of the region's first indigenous emergency service, Flying Doctors Nigeria (De Flight Medics Ltd). Ola's Flying Doctors Nigeria was recently voted by CNN as one of Africa's top healthcare start-up companies, alongside the likes of Health-E-Net.

Olamide's Blog
07/10/2015
Nigerian healthcare initiative receives $500 million boost

Olamide Orekunrin is a doctor in West Africa and the Founder of the region's first indigenous emergency service, Nigeria's 'Saving One Million Lives' (SOML) initiative received a major boost last month thanks to a $500 million credit to significantly improve maternal, child and nutrition health services for women and children in the country.

Olamide's Blog
07/14/2015
Olamide blogs about Nigeria's healthcare problems

Olamide Orekunrin is a doctor in West Africa and the Founder of the region's first indigenous emergency service, Flying Doctors Nigeria (De Flight Medics Ltd). She regular features in the media talking about such subjects as healthcare in Africa and has appeared on CNN, the Guardian in the UK and Time Magazine.

Olamide's Blog
07/27/2015
Excellent news! Malaria vaccine heading for approval

Olamide Orekunrin is a doctor in West Africa and the Founder of the region's first indigenous emergency service, Ola was delighted to read in the Guardian this week that millions of children in sub-Saharan Africa could benefit from the world's first malaria vaccine, developed by GlaxoSmithKline. Flying Doctors Nigeria (De Flight Medics Ltd).

Olamide's Blog
07/08/2015
Ebola: A Wake Up Call For Africa by Olamide Orekunrin

Olamide Orekunrin is a doctor in West Africa and the Founder of the region's first indigenous emergency service, Flying Doctors Nigeria (De Flight Medics Ltd). 'Until the white man produces something that flies faster....this is the best we have' mused one of our aircraft engineers during a brainstorming session on how our team of Flying Doctors can reach accident scenes faster.

Media

Ssir
Lean Management in Health Care Delivery Is Late (SSIR)

In the midst of all the innovation, disruption, and new levels of efficiency in today's world, health care delivery seems to have stoically refused to come of age. Rather than becoming increasingly accessible, efficient, and effective, it has largely become more bureaucratic, more expensive, more wasteful, and mostly devoid of the type of game-changing innovation we're seeing in other industries.

K4health
Five Healthcare Tools to Save Lives in Africa

In the 2015 Gates Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates predicted that better health "will be driven by innovation in technology-ranging from new vaccines and hardier crops to much cheaper smartphones and tablets-and by innovations that help deliver those things to more people."

Womensprospects
06/22/2015
The Small Rural Market Women Vs The Big Global Internet - Women's Prospects

What separates developed from less developed countries is not a gap in resources but a gap in knowledge, according to Joseph Stiglitz, the ex-President of the World Bank. It therefore follows that in order to bridge the gap between Africa and the developed world, we must embrace knowledge.

TIME.com
09/12/2014
Q&A with Nigeria's Flying Doctor Ola Orekunrin

This was mainly inspired by my younger [12-year-old] sister dying, here in Nigeria, because she couldn't access an emergency service. There wasn't an air ambulance service in Nigeria when you started out. How did you know where to start?

Videos

MIT Video
Infectious Ideas: Ola Orekunrin | MIT Video

The Legatum Convergence Infectious IdeasBillions of people do not have access to good health care. There are surprising and innovative solutions for the delivery of medical care in emerging countries. Speaker: Ola Orekunrin, Managing Director, Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd Dr. Ola Orekunrin is a medical doctor, helicopter pilot and Managing Director of the Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa's first Air Ambulance Service.

YouTube
04/22/2015
Olamide Orekunrin talks to Ndani TV

Olamide Orekunrin, who is making a massive positive impact in the medical services industry in Nigeria, talks to Ndani TV about Flying Doctors Nigeria. Propelled by a personal tragedy and driven by a passion for better healthcare, Ola tells us her ups and downs in her incredible story of becoming a medical doctor at the tender age of 21 and founding Nigeria's premiere Air Ambulance Service The official YouTube channel of Olamide Orekunrin.

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