Biography 1998 Wilberforce Medallion winner Dr. Alex Anthony Williams

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Freetown, Hull’s twin city in Sierra Leone, Africa, was plunged back into chaos by a military coup in 1997. This brought a brutal end to the country’s gradual recovery after a peace treaty in December 1996 ended the six-year rebel war.

Despite the very difficult conditions Dr Anthony-Williams remained throughout and continued to provide medical care for the worn-torn capital at the Famcare Medical Centre which he set up in 1992. This non-governmental centre provides general medical care, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and family planning services.

Dr Anthony-Williams was born in Nigeria in 1940 and studied medicine at the Royal University of Malta. This was followed at various intervals by additional specialist medical training, including tropical medicine, reproductive health and venereology. He then practised medicine in England, before commencing his medical career in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1973.