Black History Month

Black History Month

To mark Black History Month, NHS Choices highlights health heroes making a positive difference to other people's lives.

The rare-blood donor

Rudolph Isaacs has a rare blood type, U-negative. There are only 28 U-negative donors in England.

Living with sickle cell anaemia

Pamela Gyebi-Ababio, 18, talks about living with sickle cell anaemia and raising awareness of the condition.

The A&E surgeon

Dr Tunji Lasoye is an A&E surgeon who also visits schools to talk about the effects of knife crime.

The nursing trailblazer

Nola Ishmael, OBE, talks about her work as a health visitor, nursing manager and mentor.

The diabetes champion

Consultant nurse Grace Vanterpool was awarded an MBE for her work raising awareness of diabetes.

Dr Nicky Thomas

The sickle cell pioneer

Dr Nicky Thomas set up the UK's first psychology service to help people with sickle cell disorder.

The hospital housekeeper

Icilda Rodney worked for 41 years in the housekeeping department at Guy's and St Thomas' hospital.

Gina Yashere: minority blood and organ donors

Comedian Gina Yashere is actively involved in promoting blood and organ donation among ethnic minorities

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Media last reviewed: 27/12/2012

Next review due: 27/12/2014

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