This session will evaluate Nigeria’s responsibilities under the African Union Abuja Declaration of 2001 and other workable modes of health financing under the present and foreseeable economic condition of the country.
Development areas that the above expertise was applied to: Health System Strengthening, Maternal Health, Reproductive Health/FP, Malaria, Infant, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Routine Immunization and HIV/AIDS
Dr Nkem Ene is the Chief Executive Officer of Preston Associates for International Development, with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. She received a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University Nigeria, Nsukka in 1990 and a Post-graduate Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University, New York, with a major in Health Policy and Management in 2003. She consults for UN Agencies, including the WHO and the World Bank as well as major international donors such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID among others, on projects across three continents (Europe, North America and Africa). Dr Nkemdilim Ene is a certified PRINCE 2 Project Manager (Practitioner Level).
Her public health experience spans across health system reforms such as accountability mechanisms, sector coordination, and system-wide approaches, as well as performance management systems and health program evaluations. She has acquired extensive experience in Health System Development, Performance Monitoring and Health Plan Costing and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, UK as well as a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr Ene currently sits on numerous governing boards and is actively involved in philanthropy through the Preston Development Foundation which she chairs. Under her leadership, Preston has expanded beyond Health to successfully execute projects in Education, Governance and Finance.
He attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, Ogun State before proceeding to University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Osun state where he obtained a B.Sc, Health Sciences, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). Described as the master of parliamentary procedures, Mamora worked as Medical Director of a Medical Centre and a Company Medical Adviser in 1987 – 1998 and 1988 – 1992 respectively. Mamora was also appointed to committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Selection Committee, Health, and Federal Character & Inter-Government Affairs while serving as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2007.
In 2015, Mamora also served as the Deputy Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation during the 2015 presidential election
Prior to this, he had served for many years as the Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget, Lagos State, Nigeria, having first been appointed by Governor Tinubu and then re-appointed for two terms by the then Governor Fashola.
Ben is a distinguished banker, accountant, development economist and administrator, he holds a first class B.Sc degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos and an Advanced Management Programme Certificate from the Lagos Business School.
He has attended several courses/conferences on banking, public finance and leadership in Nigeria and many other countries.
Ben is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators (FICA).
He has over 23 years experience in Accounting, Consulting and Banking, rising to the apex of the profession as Managing Director/Chief Executive of NAL Bank Plc (2000-2005), and Executive Director - Sterling Bank Plc from January to August 2006.
Ben Akabueze is very passionate about societal transformation and actively participates in programmes designed to bring the desired change in his country. In this respect, he serves on the Boards of the Apostles in the Marketplace, Society for National Transformation, etc.
He also pastors the Redeemed Christian Church of God – The King's Court Parish, with a congregation consisting mainly of professionals and business people.
Ben is the recipient of several academic, professional and community service awards.
Dr Wada first became a Consultant Gynaecologist at Bourn Hall Clinic Cambridge, the world’s first Fertility & In vitro Fertilization (IVF) Centre, established by Pioneers Steptoe & Edward. He returned to Nigeria in 1994 as Chief Consultant Gynaecologist at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital. Dr Wada rose to become Director of Clinical Services /CMAC National Hospital Abuja in 2002. He later became the Pioneer Medical Director of Garki Hospital, the first wholesome Public Private Partnership with the Federal Capital Territory.
His other contributions include one of the earliest IVF births in Nigeria, Hanatu who recently graduated with a 1st Class degree from a European University. He has also contributed significantly to the development of Gynaecological Endoscopy in Nigeria.
The Federal Government of Nigeria honoured Dr Wada with the award of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 2006. He is a keen golfer.
Her post-graduate areas of study also include Pre-hospital Emergency care, Healthcare leadership and Healthcare delivery. She has a certificate in Economic policy making from IE business school, Spain and a certificate in Accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States.
Professor Ujah’s has vast experience which has seen him occupy a number of key positions such as Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), National Chairman, and Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Committee on HIV/AIDS.
He combines his role as the Medical Director with an active practice as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. He has nearly two decades of local and international general and subspecialty orthopaedic experience that has taken him to various countries including Germany, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, Egypt and South Africa, among others.
Having previously served as a military orthopaedic surgeon, he has vast experience in orthopaedic trauma and joint replacement surgery. Since coming back home to Nigeria, he has worked with about a dozen internationally trained orthopaedic surgeons to provide highly specialized care.
Obinnia served as an Executive Director and Head of Personal and Business Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank. This business encompasses small, medium and commercial business banking, high net worth individuals and personal markets banking. Prior to this, he was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited and Head of Wealth Management for Stanbic IBTC overseeing the Pensions, Asset Management and Trusteeship Business.
Obinnia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos and MBA from Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB), and of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria (FCS).
In her current role, she has progressed efforts towards integration of HIV and tuberculosis into health insurance through policy formulation, stakeholder engagement, and evidence-based decision making. Frances has a degree in medicine from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria and a master’s degree in public health-health economics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
He is the Chairman of Legislative Advocacy Initiative for Sustainable Development Goals (LISDEL), an advocacy platform incorporated to coordinate activities of the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage.
Lanre’s projects have included assignments in primary healthcare development, universal health coverage, business plans for hospitals, and monitoring and evaluation of health projects.
Dr. Bhardwaj holds an MD – Doctorate in Medicine with specialization in Preventive and Social Medicine from Mumbai University, India, Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Nagpur University, India, Master’s in Public Health degree in Health Behaviour from University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA and was recently awarded by Distinction, the Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health, UK
mentation and technical assistance in developing countries including Nigeria, Liberia and Uganda. Dr. Gafar led process of health financing policy design and he applied political economy knowledge to solve complex health financing problems among other accomplishments. He has led several donor funded initiatives including Global Fund, DFID and USAID funded project as team leader, chief of party and Country Director. He obtained MBBS degree from University of Ilorin, Master in Tropical Medicine from Liverpool Schoool of Tropical Medicine . He was admitted into Membership of UK Faculty of Public Health through distinction.
He has more than 12 years of progressive senior program management experience managing large and complex USAID-funded programs aimed at strengthening health systems (i.e. supply chains, health information management systems, service delivery for HIV/AIDS, family planning/maternal and child health, Tuberculosis, malaria) all of which led to significant positive change in health systems as shown by improved access to care services (to ensure universal coverage); reduced stock out of essential commodities (to prevent program interruption); improved reporting rates from facilities; provision of enabling environment for health service delivery; including building capacity of health care workers to deliver service of desired quality.
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Building a Resilient Health System: Lessons from Covid-19
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Capital Flight and Brain Drain in the Health Sector
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Universal Coverage: Health Insurance and Tax-based Financing
Towards the consensus that health care should be accessible and affordable to all Nigerians, this session will examine the performance of health insurance in Nigeria as against a tax-based financing approach.