Dr. Ifeanyi M. Nsofor
Storyteller. Writer. Researcher. Health Security Expert. COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Advocate
Dr. Ifeanyi M. Nsofor is a public health physician and a leading voice in global health equity, health security, universal health coverage and health research. He is a mental health advocate, migrants rights advocate, storyteller and writer. He is the Senior Vice President for Africa at Human Health Education and Research Foundation. He is the Health Technical Expert and Strategy Consultant to Upswell, providing daily strategic project guidance, leading the firm’s Nigerian public relations, and facilitating weekly coalition meetings. Ifeanyi has led more than 30 research projects across Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana and Nigeria, and was a co-lead of evaluation of the African Union intervention for Ebola Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Dr Nsofor received his medical degree from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Medical School and obtained his Masters in Community Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a Ford Foundation International Fellow. Since graduating as a medical doctor, Dr Nsofor has worked in government, international non-profit organisations, indigenous non-profit health organisations and the private health sector. Ifeanyi has authored and co-authored more than 102 Op-Eds. He is also among the top 100 most influential Africans of 2020 by NewAfrican magazine. Ifeanyi was a coronavirus top 100 healthcare professional globally in 2020 by Onalytica. He is a two-time TEDx Speaker and has given a MOTH Talk. Ifeanyi has been interviewed by major news outlets including Al Jazeera, BBC, Channel News Asia, CCTV, Forbes, The Lancet and more. He is a Senior New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity at George Washington University and an Innovation Fellow At Pandemic Tech. Dr. Nsofor was Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch and led the organisation’s advocacy interventions. Ifeanyi also served as CEO of EpiAFRIC, a health consultancy service which works on public health emergencies. He is a two-time TEDx Speaker.
About Ifeanyi 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. In March 2020, Ifeanyi was recognized by UK-based 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. Ifeanyi is the CEO of EpiAFRIC and Director Policy of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch. Ifeanyi has been interviewed by Al Jazeera, BBC, Forbes and a host of other news outlets. Ifeanyi’s 2018 TEDxOguiRoad Talk is titled, “Without Health, We Have Nothing”. Ifeanyi is married to Omegie and they have 2 daughters (Yagazie and Chimamanda) and a 12-year old dog, Simba.
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. In February 2021, he spoke as a guest lecturer virtually to: MGHD students at the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda and Providence College, Rhode Island, USA. The title of his talk was, “Lessons that Africa can Teach Richer Western Nations in Responding to Pandemics”.
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.