The Future of Health Conference 2017 is 3 days away!

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It’s the last few days before Nigeria Health Watch’s third annual Future of Health Conference, themed “The Business of Health.” At this conference, Nigeria Health Watch will lead the conversation on how the principles of running an effective business can help bridge the gap in healthcare access in Nigeria’s health sector, with the ultimate goal being Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.

For those who have registered to attend the event, we at Nigeria Health Watch would like you to keep three things in mind as you attend: Please download your ticket, ensure that you come early, and come with your questions, ready to learn and network with others working to make the health sector better.

The Future of Health conference series has become the premier forum where the hopes and aspirations of Nigerians for their health sector are articulated. Annually, the conference brings together inspiring speakers that are responding to some of the toughest challenges facing the Nigerian health sector from the public and private sectors. Speakers reflect the breadth of the sector and put forward ideas that are changing the health sector in Nigeria.

There will be robust conversations both in the room and online on that day. If you are unable to attend the event, you can watch the event via livestream on our our Facebook and YouTube Pages. You can also follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #BizofHealthNG. If you haven’t yet, follow us on Twitter @nighealthwatch, as we will be live tweeting the event. On Wednesday Nov. 1, 2017, we will discuss the conference on Nigeria Info 95.1 FM, at 11 a.m.

The “Business of Health” will be co-moderated by Dr Ike Anya, Public Health Physician and Curator, Nigeria Health Watch, and Ekaette Umoh, MD/CEO of Business Support Microfinance Bank Ltd.


Dr Ike Anya worked as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine, and Deputy Director of Public Health with the UK National Health Service in London for many years and is an honorary lecturer in public health at Imperial College. He is curator of Nigeria Health Watch and a Principal Consultant at EpiAfric. He has over 20 years experience in clinical medicine and public health in Nigeria and the UK. He has worked as a clinician in the private and public health sector in Nigeria (National Hospital Abuja, General Hospital, Gwarzo, Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Ruz Medical Centre Abuja).

Ekaette Umoh is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Microfinance Practitioner. She is the Chairperson Abuja Working Group of NECA’S Network of Entrepreneurial women (NNEW). She has a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management from Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of Pan Atlantic University, Lagos and also a member of faculty at the Abuja Centre of EDC and Abuja Enterprise Agency. Ekaette has facilitated financial management courses for EDC in such projects as CEM and YOUWIN, for which she is a volunteer mentor. Umoh also facilitates courses on Successfully Starting out in Business, Financial Sustainability and Improving Business Processes.

Our speakers this year are some of healthcare’s most prominent business minds. The first session speakers are: Dr Nthabiseng Legoete, founder, Quali Health, Michelle Akande of Janssen, Harriet Blest, Country Manager for Human Network International, Peter Bamkole, Director, Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University; Ezinne Anyanwu, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Efferent Services Limited; Dr Olaokun Soyinka, Project Director for the Independent Verification Agent for the Saving One Million Lives Programme. They will highlight from their own experiences, best practices of employing business principles to deliver quality and improve access to healthcare for the everyday Nigerian.

The second session speakers include – Dr Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, Lead Consultant at Health Ethics and Law Consulting, founder and Executive Director of CHELD and Senior Lecturer at Babcock University School of Law; Bond Emeruwa, a veteran of Nollywood, Chairman, Audio-visual Rights Society of Nigeria,  and Co-Founder/Director, Nollywood Workshops; Dr Omokhudu Idogho, Deputy Managing Director, Society for Family Health; Dr Farouk Jega, Country Representative for Nigeria and Ghana at Pathfinder International; and Dr Ike Nwachukwu, founder and cofounder of three companies involved in Nigerian healthcare, including Nikea Specialist Hospital and Obinnia Abajue, CEO Hygeia HMO who has more than 20 years of experience in Banking and Financial services primarily in Nigeria.

The Future of Health Conference 2017 will take place on November 3, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja. This year Nigeria Health Watch is excited to be partnering with incredible organisations such as Pathfinder International, PharmAccess Foundation, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals of Johnson & Johnson, to deliver this memorable event. We are also grateful for the support of Society for Family Health, Christian Aid Nigeria, Shell, TY Danjuma Foundation, RedCare HMO, Novo Health Africa HMO, and EpiAfric.

Online registration for the Future of Health Conference 2017 is now closed. For #FHC2017 updates go to or follow the hashtag #BizofHealthNG

See you on Friday November 3rd for The Future of Health Conference 2017!


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