Dr. Ifeanyi McWilliams Nsofor’s CV
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 an alumnus of the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Programme, which funded his Masters in Community Health degree at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education on Strategic Frameworks for Non-Profit Organizations. In 2016, Ifeanyi was a DAAD Scholar for the Modern Teaching Methods short course at Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, Germany. For 22 years post-graduation, 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.
Presently, Ifeanyi is the CEO of EpiAFRIC and Director of Policy and Advocacy at Nigeria Health Watch. In the last 14 years, Ifeanyi has led several researches 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 a research to document Nigeria’s epidemic preparedness plans prior to COVID-19, Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 and lessons for future epidemic preparedness in Nigeria.
Ifeanyi is a Thought Leader in Global Health and has written above 80 opinion pieces (23 are specifically on COVID-19) for different publishers including, The Conversation UK, NPR, Al Jazeera, The Hill, Devex, BioMed Central’s Bugbitten Blog, Scientific American, Project Syndicate, Inter Press Service, African Arguments, AllAfrica, The Globe Post, Nigeria Health Watch, SciDevNet, and Vanguard Nigeria. All of Ifeanyi’s opinion pieces are available here. As a global health thought leader, Ifeanyi’s has written on equity in access to vaccines in resource-poor settings. Two of such opinion pieces have a global reach. For instance, his opinion piece titled, “Why an Ebola Vaccine is Not Enough” has appeared in 18 publications in 16 countries; and been published in 8 languages; appeared in more than 4.3 million print copies; been seen over 36,000 times on Project Syndicate social media channels. Likewise, another of his opinion pieces titled, “Making Most of the Malaria Vaccine” has appeared in 18 publications in 15 countries; has been published in 6 languages; appeared in more than 4.2 million print copies; and been seen over 41,000 times on Project Syndicate social media channels.
Ifeanyi has written and been interviewed on decolonization of global health, in addition to what the global north should learn from global south’s response to COIVID-19. He has written on Lessons from Nigeria in Responding to Coronavirus. Ifeanyi has been interviewed on What The US Could Learn From Nigeria’s Response To The COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak; Is COVID-19 magnifying colonial attitudes in global health?;Development Research during and after Covid-19: A view from the South; UNCENSORED CONVERSATIONS: COVID-19 lessons for international partnerships in public health issues; and What will it take to decolonize global health?
Ifeanyi has been interviewed by Al Jazeera, the BBC, Forbes and a host of other news outlets. Ifeanyi is a TEDx Speaker – his 2018 TEDxOguiRoad Talk is titled, “Without Health, We Have Nothing”. Since 2019, he has been on the faculty of the Health Management Programme of the Enterprise Development Centre, Pan African University.
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 to Africa on epidemic preparedness and response to COVID-19. In March 2020, Ifeanyi was recognized by Onalytica to be among the Coronavirus Top 100 healthcare professionals globally. Ifeanyi Nsofor was named to the NewAfrican’s list of “100 Most Influential Africans of 2020
January 2007 – December 2007: Masters in Community Health Degree (MCommH) awarded by the University of Liverpool
September 1992 – October 1998: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS) awarded by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
MBA (with specialization in strategic planning, Edinburgh Business School at Heriot Watt University (in view)
Continuing Professional Development
June 2019: Executive Education on Health Equity at the University of Global Health Equity, Butaro, Rwanda
August 2016: Modern teaching Methods, Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, Germany
April 2012 – June 2012: Executive Education – Strategic Frameworks for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard Kennedy School
July 2012: Global Health Short Course, Imperial College London
July 2012: Current Legal Issues Colloquium: Law & Global Health, University College London
July 2009: Global Health Summer School, Oxford University
July 2007: Advanced Methods of Cost-effectiveness Analysis, Oxford University
Awards and Recognitions
NewAfrican’s list of “100 Most Influential Africans of 2020
Coronavirus Top 100 healthcare professionals globally.
September 2016 – PRESENT
Chief Executive Officer, EpiAFRIC
- Provides strategic and programmatic direction for the organisation.
- Served as a Judge at the COVID-19 Global Hackathon 1.0
- Currently leading on a survey to document Nigeria’s epidemic preparedness and response to COVID-19
- Currently leading on an Africa-wider scoping study on the pharmaceutical market across the continent. The aim is to provide evidence for volume guarantee to ensure equity to access to pharmaceuticals for the poorest.
September 2016 – PRESENT
Director of Policy and Advocacy, Nigeria Health Watch
- Team Lead for Policy and Advocacy initiatives at Nigeria Health Watch
- Project Director #PreventEpidemicsNaija project – advocating for increased budgetary allocation for epidemic preparedness in Nigeria. Project funded by Resolve to Save Lives through the Global Health Advocacy Incubator.
- Project Director Closing the Gap to Sustainable Health Care Access in Nigeria (CHAIN) through Health Insurance. Funded by Christian Aid UK. The goal of the CHAIN project is to increase awareness for health insurance at the state and community levels across states in Nigeria.
MAY 2014 – AUGUST 2016
Director of Consulting Services, EpiAFRIC
- Team Lead for all consultancies undertaken by the organisation.
- Manage the consulting department, projects undertaken as consultancies, individuals, resources and all processes involved in carrying out any health consultancy the organisation undertakes.
- Co-led a scoping research to examine the feasibility of rolling out or supporting the roll out of a community-based health insurance scheme for a UK-based international NGO working In communities across Nigeria
- Led the content and design of the website for a government cottage hospital based in Port Harcourt, www.obiocottagehospital.org.
- Led training sessions for staff of Education, Health and Social Serviced Directorate of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Trained them on monitoring & evaluation, rights of patients and the imperative of continuous professional development for quality patient care and financial viability of a health organisation.
- Regularly appear on radio to discuss important health issues such as Ebola, maternal health, cardiovascular disease, medical research in Nigeria etc.
- Design infographics for use in reports submitted to our clients.
July 2012 – April 2014
Senior Programme Officer (community Health Initiatives), TY Danjuma Foundation, Abuja, Nigeria
- Provided oversight for NGOs implementing project worth at least US$1 million annually
- Led the Foundation’s grant making in community health and also provided managerial oversight for grant making in education and income generation thematic areas;
- Possesses a sound understanding of the trifecta of health, education and economic empowerment to society’s level of development;
- Monitored and provided supportive supervision to NGOs intervening in health, education and income generation;
- Developed monitoring forms and checklists for use during visits to grantee project sites. These forms assisted in
- analysing finding s and giving feedback to grantees to improve project performance
- Led the development of annual action plans for my unit and participated in doing same for the organisation
- Led the process involved in developing the 2014-2018 organisational strategic plan
- Have a good understanding of the philanthropy sector and various ways of investment in the sector;
- Developed new partnerships between the Foundation and local/international NGOs, bilateral/multilateral development agencies and various levels of government.
JANUARY 2012 – JUNE 2012
Senior Programme Officer, Maternal & Newborn Health & Nutrition, Micronutrient Initiative, Abuja (Now Nutrition International)
- Managed the organisation’s support to the Nigerian government on iron and folic acid supplements for pregnant women;
- Managed the organisation’s support to the Nigerian government on iron and folic acid supplements for pregnant women;
- Analysed various evaluation reports on the state of the Nigerian women and used findings to advise the Nigerian government and other partners on best ways of improving iron and folic acid supplementation for pregnant women
- Regularly interfaced with sub-grantees and gained practical experience in team and relationship building across development partners
MARCH 2012 – APRIL 2012
Consultant for Desktop Review of Community Component of Global Fund HIV and AIDS Program in Nigeria, NACA
- Provided evidence of performance, achievements, challenges and lessons learnt in implementing the Global fund BCC and care and support components of the grant in Nigeria since the implementation of Global Fund Round 5 to date;
- Demonstrated the contributions of community level interventions in reduction of burden of HIV;
- Outlined key recommendations on strategies/approaches for the next phase of the grant.
MAY 2010 – JANUARY 2012
Programme Officer, Community Health Initiatives, TY Danjuma Foundation, Abuja
- Developed philanthropic agendas for the Foundation and advised the Executive Director on community health programming direction and assisted in long range strategic planning;
- Managed projects of eleven (11) grantees with annual funding to the tune of $2.3 million. The grantees interventions included maternal/child health interventions, water/sanitation, free medical missions, sexual and reproductive health
- Developed skills in managing large/multiple grant simultaneously and assessing the quality of health interventions;
- Developed skills in the conduct of rigorous due diligence and analysis of grant proposals to assesses the strength of
- the project, the grant applicant, and the financials of the applicant;
- Successfully organised the first-ever roundtable in Nigeria that focused on, “assessing the impact of free medical
SEPTEMBER 2008 – JANUARY 2012
Research Client to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- Successfully established a research relationship with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom.
- The school sent postgraduate students annually to undertake collaborative researches. This is geared towards entrenching evidence-based thinking in public health programming in Nigeria while providing data for the students’ theses
- Provided mentorship to Masters in International Public Health Students coming to Nigeria for their overseas research experience.
- Mentored 3 students who researched on Neglected Tropical Diseases; Family planning and Post-Partum Haemorrhage.
- Over 3years I provided mentorship to 3 students who researched on the following;
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Taraba State, northeast Nigeria (published in the Peking University Journal)
- Family planning in Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria
- Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH) in Oyo State, southwest Nigeria
MARCH 2008 – MAY 2010
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Continuum of Care – Prevention of Post Partum Haemorrhage Project (CC-PPH), Pathfinder International, Nigeria Country Office, Abuja
- Gained practical skills in the components of the project which included the Active Management of the Third Stage of Labor, use of the Non-pneumatic Anti-Shock Garment (NASG) for management of PPH, blood loss estimation by the use of blood drape and Magnesium Sulphate for the management of Eclampsia.
- Developed a case study form which led to development of a database for all clinical data from the project’s sixty (60) health facilities in 6 states, containing data on outcomes in more than 100, 000 women. It is a very useful tool for quickly analysing the information and making useful inferences;
- Summarized, analyzed and interpreted data collected from partners, project and field offices for monitoring project activities.
- Proficient in the use of logical frameworks in project design, monitoring, evaluation and overall management.
NOVEMBER 2007 – MARCH 2008:
Volunteer, Systematic Review on Knowledge Translation in the systematic review with the following objectives;
- Volunteer work with the International Health Group of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine participating
- Define knowledge translation;
- Identify how knowledge translation is conceptualized;
- Identify stakeholders’ perception of knowledge translation and;
- Identify the barriers to and facilitators of knowledge translation
JULY 2007 – SEPTEMBER 2007
Overseas qualitative research/budget analysis in Zambia, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- Evaluated the financing of antiretroviral drugs scale-up in Zambia.
- This research provided a platform for me to gain practical experience and skills in research protocol development, conduct of interviews, transcribing of interviews, coding of transcribed interviews and data analysis in qualitative research.
- Learnt the use of a qualitative research transcribing software, MAXQDA
- The research included budget analysis and viewed the subject matter along equity scales; Chama district (most
- disadvantaged and Lusaka district (most advantaged).
- The research lasted 8 weeks and was also my dissertation submitted to the University of Liverpool for the award of a Masters degree in Community Health.
MARCH 2006 – JUNE 2006
Short-term Consultant, Epidemiological Survey of Enugu state, southeast, Nigeria Hanovia Medical Ltd. (Health Management Consultants)
- Participated in the development of forms/checklists used by field officers in data collection and collation
- Assessed the health status of the state with focus on priority communicable diseases of public health importance;
- Determined/Analyzed the pattern of these priority diseases over a period of three years; 2003 – 2005
- Determined/Analyzed the status of the State Disease Surveillance and Notification and the Emergency Preparedness and Response to Disasters and Disease Epidemics.
SEPTEMBER 2002 – DECEMBER 2006
Principal Technical Officer, National Programme on Immunization, Abuja
- Travelled extensively around Nigeria training immunization service providers, supervising and monitoring the conduct of routine and supplemental immunization campaigns especially the global polio eradication initiative.
- Possessed good understanding of routine and supplemental immunizations, their logistics/planning and social issues that affect immunization coverage.
- Participated in the development of various forms/checklists for use in monitoring immunization service delivery in the country.
- Summarized state reports and data such as the 40 notifiable diseases and gave feedback to NPI zonal offices for use when they visit States for monitoring and supportive supervision
JANUARY 2002 – SEPTEMBER 2002
Personal Assistant to the National Coordinator/Chief Executive National Programme on Immunization, Area 11, Abuja, Nigeria
- Key person that coordinated all administrative and some technical information as regards immunization service delivery in the country
AUGUST 2000 – JULY 2001
Medical Officer (National Youth Service Corps) Guards Brigade Medical Centre, Mambila Barracks, Nigerian Army, Abuja
- Coordinated general patient care and management, antenatal clinics, immunization, laboratory and pharmaceuticals
MARCH 1999 – DECEMBER 1999
Medical Officer, The Children’s Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State
- Involved in daily consultations in the out-patient pediatric specialist clinic; admitted and stabilized patients and oversaw bedside laboratory investigations.
JUNE 1999 – MAY 2000
House Officer (Intern) Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria
- Participated in Clinical rotations in pediatrics and internal medicine, surgery and obstetrics and gynecology under the tutelage of various consultants.
SARS-CoV-2 testing in low- and middle-income countries: availability and affordability in the private health sector. Lena Faust, Alexandra J. Zimmer, Mikashmi Kohli, Senjuti Saha, Jody Boffa, Marlon L. Bayot, Ifeanyi Nsofor, Leonel Campos, Tivani Mashamba-Thompson, Rosa Herrera, Elom Emeka, Suvesh Shrestha, Cesar Ugarte-Gil, Achilles Katamba, Imran Pambudi, David Bichara, Roger I. Calderon, Namatullah Ahmadzada, Muhammad Aamir Safdar, Chaitali Nikam, Carolina dos Santos Lázari, Hamidah Hussain, Myint Myint Win, Kyaw Zin Than, Anthony Ahumibe, Brenda Waning, Madhukar Pai. Microbes and Infection https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micinf.2020.10.005
Sub-Saharan Africa Tackles COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities. Kenechukwu Mezue, Paul Edwards, Ifeanyi Nsofor, Ahmed Goha, Ike Anya, Kristofer Madu, Dainia Baugh, Felix Nunura, Glen Gaulton, Ernest Madu. Ethnicity & Disease 2020, 30 (4): 693-694
Lay media reporting of monkeypox in Nigeria. Oyeronke Oyebanji , Ugonna Ofonagoro, Oluwatosin Akande, Ifeanyi Nsofor, Chika Ukenedo, Tarik Benjamin Mohammed, Chimezie Anueyiagu, Jeremiah Agenyi, Adesola Yinka-Ogunleye, Chikwe Ihekweazu. BMJ Global Health 2019;4:e002019. doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2019-002019
Rapid Assessment of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Reporting. Aruna, O., Nsofor, I., Oyediran, K. (2018). Tuberculosis in Nigeria: Chapel Hill, NC, USA: MEASURE Evaluation, University of North Carolina.
Evaluation on implementation of the African programme for onchocerciasis control in Taraba State, Northeast, Nigeria. Xie Z, Nsofor I, Tolhurst R. Journal ofPeking University (Health sciences). 2012 Jun 18;44(3):403-6.
Poster presentation of research work (Antiretroviral scale up in Chama and Lusaka Districts of Zambia: How Free is Free?) at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Research in Progress Short Presentations and Posters &Manson Christmas lecture held at the Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London. December 2007.