Dr. Ifeanyi m. nsofor
Dr. Ifeanyi McWilliams Nsofor is a graduate of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical School. He is a Senior New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University. Ifeanyi is the CEO of EpiAFRIC and Director Policy of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch. In 2016, Ifeanyi was a DAAD Scholar for the Modern Teaching Methods short course at Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, Germany. For the past 22 years, Ifeanyi has worked with Nigeria’s National Programme on Immunization, Pathfinder International, Nutrition International, TY Danjuma Foundation, EpiAFRIC and Nigeria Health Watch. He consults for different health organisations. In the last 15 years, Ifeanyi has led several research projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Zambia and Nigeria. Ifeanyi was co-lead of the evaluation of performance of the African Union humanitarian support to contain the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ifeanyi is currently leading research to document Nigeria’s epidemic preparedness plans prior to COVID-19, Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 and lessons for future epidemic preparedness. Ifeanyi has written above 80 opinion pieces (21 are specifically on COVID-19). Ifeanyi has been interviewed by Al Jazeera, the BBC, Forbes and a host of other news outlets. Ifeanyi’s 2018 TEDxOguiRoad Talk is titled, “Without Health, We Have Nothing”. In March 2020, Ifeanyi was recognized by Onalytica to be among the Coronavirus Top 100 healthcare professionals globally. He was selected by NewAfrican Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2020.
About Ifeanyi Nsofor
Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University and Senior New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute. A graduate of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Nnamdi Azikiwe University School of Medicine. He is the CEO of EpiAFRIC. He is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch. He has 21 years post-graduation experience working to improve public health across Africa. He was a 2006 Ford Foundation International Fellow. In March 2020, Ifeanyi was recognized by Onalytica to be among the Coronavirus Top 100 healthcare professionals globally. He was selected by NewAfrican Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Africans of 2020. He is married to Omegie – they have two lovely daughters. His dog, Simba is a close companion.
In March 2020, Ifeanyi spoke at “Exploring Media Ecosystems Conference” at the Samberg Center of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Title of his talk was “Forward this to 10 People: The epidemic of health misinformation in Nigeria”. The Conference was organized by Media Cloud – a joint project by the MIT Center for Civic Media & the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. In June 2020, he spoke at the SOAS-Oxford Research for Development Lunchtime Series Webinar. His talk was on the lessons that the global north can learn from Africa on epidemic preparedness and response to COVID-19.
Moving From Epidemic Response to Epidemic Preparedness
Currently, there are more than 64 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, above 44 recoveries and almost 1.5 million deaths. The pandemic is surging in the U.S. and Europe. However, sub-Saharan African countries are responding better to COVID-19. This has confounded scientists and thought leaders.
The “Giving Birth In Nigeria” project looked into understanding the underlying causes of maternal deaths by developing and implementing a community reporting mechanism that captures data and the personal stories of maternal deaths.
Millions of Nigerians face financial disaster when faced with a sudden heath crisis, as health insurance is still voluntary. Dr Ifeanyi Nsofor experienced this first hand, when his first child was born with congenital heart defects.
Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch. At the #PreventEpidemicsNaija Policy Dialogue, he explained how nobody is safe during an epidemic outbreak.
Equity Talks provide fellows with the opportunity to reflect on what health equity and/or leadership means to them following their fellowship experience. Ifeanyi Nsofor is part of the 2019 cohort of Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity.
Nigeria plans to spend about 4.1 per cent of the 2019 budget on healthcare, a far-cry from the 15 per cent agreed on by African Heads of State in Abuja declaration of 2001. CNBC Africa’s Esther Awoniyi spoke to Ifeanyi Nsofor, Director at Nigeria Health Watch on how Nigeria can move the needle for the development of its healthcare systems.
On September 7, 2018, Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, EpiAFRIC CEO was on Open Exchange West Africa Show anchored by Esther Awoniyi . They reviewed Nigeria’s 6 trillion naira National Strategic Health Development Plan. #Health4AllNaija
Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor, Policy and Advocacy Director at Nigeria Health Watch, answers five pertinent questions about the NHIS, and shares some strategies he believes the scheme must employ to increase functionality of its programmes.