R4D Welcomes New Director of Health Financing in Nigeria

May 14, 2019   |   Nigeria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Results for Development (R4D) has welcomed Muyiwa Tegbe, MD, as its new program director for health financing in Nigeria, where R4D is working with the government to provide basic primary care to the most vulnerable communities and advance universal health coverage (UHC). Dr. Tegbe is a health policy and financing expert, with more than 12 years of experience leading programs and developing interventions focused on expanding access to vulnerable and financially excluded populations for public, nonprofit and private-sector organizations in Nigeria and the United States.

In this role, Dr. Tegbe will oversee R4D’s Nigeria health financing program, which provides technical and strategic advisory support to federal and state agencies leading health financing reforms in the country. He will also oversee and manage R4D’s growing team in Abuja, Nigeria.

Since 2017 R4D has been working with public actors and a consortium of local and international development partners in Nigeria to lead a federal and state level technical assistance program for health financing policy development and implementation. This partnership aims to improve Nigeria’s performance on key dimensions of UHC — namely, increased provision of priority (primary) health care services to more Nigerians (especially vulnerable populations) via prepaid-pooled health financing mechanisms to reduce the financial burden of utilizing those services.

“We have seen a steadily growing health financing portfolio, as well as staff strength, in R4D’s Nigeria work, and the new program director will be able to represent all this work and our staff at high levels of the government and before other partners and institutions in the country,”  said Chris Atim, PhD, a senior program director at Results for Development. “Dr. Tegbe brings valuable managerial and technical leadership experience to this role and will be a great asset to R4D’s health financing work in Nigeria overall.”

Prior to joining R4D, Dr. Tegbe was a principal partner at Park Harmon Advisory, where he led the development of financial management, disbursement arrangements and implementation design for a $150 million World Bank loan facility to Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency. Before this, he worked with IMPAQ International as a physician researcher leading the development of evaluation frameworks for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Maryland Multi-Payer Patient-Centered Medical Home Program for the Maryland Health Care Commission, amongst others.

“As we work with country leaders that are championing complex health financing reforms, we must ensure that the sustainability of our interventions remain at the center piece of our work,” said Dr. Tegbe. “R4D approaches this by working with our government and local partner organizations to evolve solutions and interventions that are context specific, homegrown, evidence-based, and can be institutionalized. I believe that this solution-driven participatory approach greatly improves the chances of the sustainability of reforms and builds long-term institutional capacity within our partner organizations. I am particularly excited to be part of an organization that is leveraging its diverse skillset and global expertise to build an ecosystem of local partner organizations that are critical to delivering on its vision of building healthy, educated societies.”

Dr. Tegbe holds a medical degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and a master’s in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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