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Dr. Agamah, IHDN-USA President, awarded the Humanitarian Award


The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois - Saturday, May 17, 2003


Local doctor honored



DR. EDEM AGAMAH, a hematologist/oncologist who has a practice at the Central Illinois Hematology and Oncology Center, was given the award for community service that betters the lives and health of individuals and the world. The award is given for service either in the workplace or in a volunteer setting.

"I was surprised. I was quite surprised. I didn't know that I was nominated at all," said Agamah, who also is clinical assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Agamah is president of the INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT NETWORK, a medical missions nonprofit organization based in Springfield. By using a network of volunteers, IHDN helps poor villages in developing countries by giving them medical and public health knowledge and faith in God.

A major aspect of IHDN is its medical missions to Ghana, the next one to be taken in August with 14 volunteers. Medical students also will participate.

"I appreciate the support of the community. We have several people interested in what we're doing, and we appreciate that. This award is for all the people involved," said Agamah.

Agamah's strength as a humanitarian is his dedication to helping other people and a strong sense of faith, said BARBARA HENNESSY, president of the Sangamon County Medical Society Alliance, who has known Agamah for the past two to three years.

"He has a very strong faith that sustains him, and he has high expectations for himself and others."

Agamah will receive the Sangamon County humanitarian award May 28.

"We're just very proud of the work he has done internationally and locally," Hennessy said.

Among other activities, Agamah volunteers in a cancer prevention outreach program in Springfield. He also helps conduct outpatient clinics at Carlinville Area Hospital, St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville and Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

"It's an extension of our practice, a community outreach in central Illinois. We go and see patients who cannot travel to Springfield because either they are old or they don't have transportation," said Agamah, who with his wife, JUNE, has three daughters, SARAH, RUTH and MIRIAM.

Monetary donations to help with medicine and supplies for the upcoming missions trip to Ghana may be mailed to IHDN, P.O. Box 7488, Springfield, IL 62791-7488.