Old Radleian (OR) Dr Oliver Johnson, Programme Director, King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, has been awarded a New Year's Honours in The Guardian's alternative New Year’s honours list: we salute you.
The following extract is taken from The Guardian 29 December 2015.
The Guardian’s alternative New Year’s honours: we salute you
We celebrate the heroes of 2015 – those people who deserve our admiration and thanks, and to whom we would give our own Guardian medal of honour
Many, perhaps most, Guardian readers have long looked askance at the British honours system. Rather than honouring the best among us, it seems to reinforce the worst about us: class, snobbery, flummery. And that’s before you even think about the apparent awarding of honours in return for political services or cash. Or indeed the prospect of a knighthood for a figure as divisive as the Tory strategist Lynton Crosby. It’s tempting to cast an envious eye across either the Atlantic or the Channel, where citizens’ highest achievements are applauded without resorting to titles of imperial pomposity. Today, in that spirit, we list those to whom we would offer thanks, and our own Guardian medal of honour.
Johnson was a young, idealistic doctor who wanted to make a difference in Africa when he flew to Freetown in January 2013 to head the partnership between King’s College London and three big London NHS trusts with Sierra Leone. He was quickly thrust into the middle of the largest Ebola outbreak ever known. Johnson’s small team worked closely with the Sierra Leonean government and others to slow the disease and treat those infected, including doctor colleagues who died. Last month, Sierra Leone was officially declared Ebola free.
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The Guardian: Alternative New Year's Honours