EG Justice stands with the people of Equatorial Guinea to protect their rights and dignity as human beings. We root out and challenge corruption head on.
Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Aló (November 27, 1955 – April 24, 2022) was an Equatoguinean physician, a leading member of the political opposition, and a fervent defender of human rights. After studying and practicing medicine in France, Dr. Mansogo returned to help those in his home country, and he witnessed and personally experienced the critical tolls a dictatorship takes on daily life. He founded and directed Espoir Litoral Medical Center in Bata, where he provided quality medical care to women, children, and men, regardless of the patient’s political views or ability to pay for treatment.
Dr. Mansogo was a courageous and outspoken advocate for human rights. As the secretary for international relations and human rights of the Convergence for Social Democracy Party (CPDS), Dr. Mansogo prepared numerous reports to document instances of torture, arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, forced eviction, and illegal seizure of property in Equatorial Guinea. Notably, he submitted numerous human rights reports to the United Nations Human Rights bodies, and he spoke at plenary sessions and on expert panels in Geneva, in connection to the Universal Periodic Review of Equatorial Guinea by the UN Human Rights Council in 2009, 2014, and 2019.
In 2012, following the death of a patient during surgery, Dr. Mansogo was arrested without a warrant or charges, convicted without evidence, and sentenced to three years in prison, plus a 5-year revocation of his medical license, the indefinite closure of his private clinic, and a hefty fine to be paid to the patient’s family. Even his lawyer was suspended for 2 years by the government for defending him. In response to the politically motivated trial and conviction, international organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Socialist International, Physicians for Human Rights, and EG Justice launched a global campaign calling for Dr. Mansogo’s release. Pressure from these advocacy groups led to his pardon and release after four months in prison in dire conditions.
Dr. Mansogo’s commitment to challenging injustice continued even as his health declined in recent years; he criticized the government’s politicization and poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he called for improved strategies to combat the virus’s spread and enable equitable access to quality healthcare. He keenly understood the workings of political and healthcare systems, and he denounced the government’s failures with words and actions, working tirelessly to promote equal access to healthcare, education, justice, and freedom.
In 2020, Dr. Mansogo received the Silver Medal from the Grand Prix Humanitaire de France in recognition for his courage, self-sacrifice, and life’s work caring for the most vulnerable in Equatorial Guinea.
EG Justice is proud to expand Dr. Mansogo’s legacy and honor his lifelong work through the Dr. Mansogo Aló Health & Human Rights Fellowship to support and inspire a new generation of activists and scholars committed to securing access to health, human rights, and justice.
The Dr. Mansogo Aló Health & Human Rights Fellowship is intended to support individuals engaged in public health and human rights work. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to a Fellow who will develop a project of their own, or in collaboration with EG Justice, to promote a deeper understanding of and help seek solutions to health and human rights-related disparities and inequalities.
The 3-month fellowship will provide funding for the Fellow to engage in community-based consultations and work, advance collaborative projects, and facilitate forums for discussing relevant issues. The Fellow will receive a stipend, which, if traveling to Equatorial Guinea, includes the cost of a plane ticket, housing, meals, and necessary local transportation.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
EG Justice welcomes candidates from all countries and backgrounds to apply for the fellowship and encourages remote candidates to apply, which includes individuals who may not be able to travel to Equatorial Guinea. EG Justice does not currently have the capacity to support visa applications, and we encourage remote fellowship applications where possible.
To be considered for the Dr. Mansogo Aló Health & Human Rights Fellowship, the online application should be completed through EG Justice’s portal, by March 15, 2024, and must include the following materials:
1. Resume outlining relevant experience
2. Cover letter including the following:
Please note - incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please contact Tutu Alicante at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Dr. Mansogo Aló Health & Human Rights Fellowship.
EG Justice is deeply committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We strive for this in our human rights advocacy work and workplace culture and practices. EG Justice is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for the fellowship without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
EG Justice stands with the people of Equatorial Guinea to protect their rights and dignity as human beings. We root out and challenge corruption head on.Our deep appreciation goes to the Mansogo Aló family and to the following donors for their generous sponsorship of this fellowship and their commitment to inspiring a new generation of health and human rights activists.
Ambassador Mark Asquino
Dr. Alicia Overstreet Galeano
Dr. David Tate & Dr. Karen Davies
Dr. Ned Schroering & Robin Gordon
Dr. David Stuesse
If you wish to make a gift that will honor Dr. Wenceslao Mansogo Aló’s legacy and inspire the next generation of activists and researchers, you may click here to donate online, or send your donation to:
PO Box 34213
Washington DC 20005