Nigeria Governors appoint Ahmad Abdulwahab as health coordinator
Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has engaged Ahmad Abdulwahab as its new Health Coordinator.
The medical doctor is an experienced health systems expert with over 20 years’ experience in the health sector both within and outside the Country.
Abulrazque Barkindo, NGF spokesman, said Abdulwahab “will function as an embedded consultant at the Forum’s health sector where the NGF has recorded a series of successes including the delisting, a couple of years ago, of the country from the group of Polio ridden countries of the world”.
Ahmad has worked with both Government and International organizations. He was a Director of Public Health in the Yobe State Ministry of Health; a State Team Manager, Deputy National Programme Manager and subsequently the National Programme Manager of the 65-million Pounds DFID-funded PRRINN-MNCH programme.
His last assignment before joining the NGF secretariat is being the Deputy Country Director/Programme Director Essential Medicines, with the Clinton Health Initiatives (CHAI) in Nigeria.
He is also a consultant to Health Information Systems project, based in South Africa on the Global Health Security Health Agenda. He has also worked with several other programmes managed/funded by WHO, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, NORAD, CIDA, NORAD, BMGF, Netherland Leprosy Relief, World Bank and Global Fund.
Ahmad led the team that saw the achievement of the WHO Leprosy Elimination target and the take-off of the Directly Observed Treatment Short Course Strategy for TB in Yobe State. He also developed the innovative funding mechanism for financing PHC services in Zamfara State, called the Basket fund, which has now been adopted nationally.
He has shared his extensive experience and knowledge of public health, health policy, and health systems reform, through presentations at a number of international fora. He is married with children”.
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