Written by Dr Tumsah’s friend and fellow alumnus Theodora Ogharanduku
It is with deep sense of loss that we announce the passing of Dr Fateemah Tumsah, whose sudden death occurred on Thursday the 17th of September in a ghastly motor accident in Kaduna, Nigeria.
Until her death, Fateemah – as she was fondly called – worked with Pathfinder International where she was involved in several reproductive and sexual health projects and programmes. Fateemah joined Pathfinder in September 2012 after successfully completing her Master’s degree programme at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she studied for the MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health.
Fateemah Tumsah was passionate about her work and made immense contributions trying to improve the lives of women and children in Northern Nigeria. Her friends and colleagues attest to her dedication and deep commitment to improving the reproductive health of women in northern Nigeria where we currently have the worst reproductive and sexual health indicators.
She had an amazing personality rivalled by only a few. She had a loving and kind heart and was eager to help anyone in need. She had an amazing sense of humor and had the habit of filling every place with joy and laughter. She was indeed a star who lightened up every dark place; there was never a dull or sad moment with her.
Fateemah was instrumental to the establishment of a School Alumni chapter in Nigeria and dedicated her time to ensuring it was functional.
She was also involved in several charitable events and made remarkable contributions to charity organisations working to improve the living conditions of people displaced by the Boko Haram crisis in the north of Nigeria.
She will be missed by her family, friends and colleagues and all who ever came in contact with her. Encomiums continue to pour from all parts of the world as friends and colleagues express their sadness at her sudden passing away. May her soul rest in perfect peace.