Dr Comfort Momoh, King’s Alumna of the Year 2015

Dr Comfort Momoh receiving the Alumna of the year award from the Principal

Work of the pioneering medical campaigner celebrated at 2015 King’s Awards.      

King’s College London are delighted to announce Dr Comfort Momoh, MBE, (Women’s Healthcare BSc, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, 2002) as the 2015 Alumna of the Year, an award in recognition of her pioneering medical work and unfaltering commitment to end Female Genital Mutilation.

The award was presented as part of the 2015 King’s Awards which took place on Wednesday 25 November in the Great Hall, Strand Campus at a ceremony attended by more than 170 people.

Now working as a midwife and public health specialist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and lecturer at King’s College London, Dr Momoh established the African Well Women's Clinic at St Thomas' in 1997. She spends half her time visiting schools to raise awareness among pupils and teachers, and works closely with GPs, mosques and churches to educate the wider public.  She has helped set up 16 more clinics across the UK and her outreach stretches beyond the UK as she frequently travels internationally with her work. In 1999 she advised the World Health Organization on the issue of FGM, and in 2001 represented the UK at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

On receiving the award Dr Momoh commented,

"Thank you for recognition of my work and I am so proud to be part of KCL, it is a great honour to be among so many other talented and excellent recipients.

Thank you all once again for continuing to support my work and for your encouragement.  As we all know, safeguarding children and adults is our business. This award will go a long way in supporting women, girls and their families and encouraging changes in attitude and mindset."

Dr Momoh is the recipient of countless awards and was recently recognised as one of the Evening Standard’s most influential Londoners. But, she says ‘all the recognition and awards I receive I dedicate to women and girls out there who have been through FGM. It bleeds my heart.’

Article posted: December, 2015