Flora Kessy has moved mountains in her long and distinguished career to improve access to healthcare and the livelihood of women and communities across Tanzania. Her work has impacted on development, health and social justice in Ifakara, the Kilombero District, Tanzania, Africa and beyond.
She was not only a highly recognized researcher and academic, but in many ways also a bridge-builder. She addressed health-related research and policy in a holistic way and brought in different perspectives from agriculture, nutrition, economics or social protection. In that sense, Flora was ahead of her time and the 2030 Agenda because she knew how to work across sectors and with diverse people to improve health and well-being.
From Moshi to the Kilombero Valley
Flora Lucas Kessy was born in Moshi on the 25th of June 1964, and has passed away on 28 May 2020 in Ifakara, Tanzania. She was an Associate Professor in Social Policy and Development at Mzumbe University, and Executive Director of the TTCIH in Ifakara, Tanzania. She held a PhD in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois, USA. She has researched and published on topics such as access to health care, health and HIV/AIDS financing, health governance, social protection, health and livelihood resilience, gender and community participation in development through community governance structures.