Dr. Emmanuel Ifeabunike Okechukwu was both state and federal governments’ scholar for his secondary and university education in Nigeria and abroad, respectively. He is a medical doctor with 21 years clinical work and over a decade work experience in various roles within Public Health and development sectors. His responsibilities have included: (a) Conducting community diagnosis, programme needs assessment and research, (b) Programme design, proposal development and project management including monitoring and evaluation, (c) Quality management of projects especially capacity building, health services delivery and financial management, data analysis and application for tactical decisions on policy and project improvement. (d) Staff recruitment, training and performance evaluation.
For over ten years he has engaged in the use of participatory methodologies for developing rural health systems, health policies, budgeting and medium term strategy plans for both national and state level governments as well as corporate Nigerian businesses and faith-based organizations. He provides technical and operational support to community health facilities on financing, logistics management and service delivery data capture, analysis and use.
He has managed projects funded by the World Bank-implementing agencies, Malaria Consortium (UK), National Agency for the Control of AIDS, Nigerian businesses and state governments; and has made invitational presentations and participated at the World Health Organization’s Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN), Geneva Health Forums and First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Montreaux.
His postgraduate Public Health research was on healthcare safety and medical waste management in Nigeria with seminal presentations on quality assurance in health care systems of developing countries. He coordinated and provided capacity enhancement assistance to a large pool of CSOs across Nigeria and worked as an independent public health policy, health services and health financing consultant as well as headed the Centre for Health Research and Policy Advocacy of the Action Family Foundation. Presently, serves as the Executive Secretary of the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria and the Health Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria Health Committee.