Senior Health Economist and Head of HealthCare
Francis Ukwuije is a Medical Doctor, Public Health Specialist, and a Senior Health Economist, with over 13 years progressive Government, Private Sector, and NGOs experience. He gained automatic entry into the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in 2007 having earned the prestigious Nigerian President’s Honours Award as the Best and Most Outstanding Corps Member in Nigeria for 2005 and 2006.
As an exceptional Change Agent, he has catalyzed high impact interventions for health in Nigeria including leading a high-level advocacy that immediately resulted in the creation of the Nigerian National Hepatitis Control Program in 2013.
Having built a credible and successful public service career in strategic management and health financing, he was seconded to the Population Council Nigeria from 2012 to 2014 to lead Health Economics Research within which period he significantly expanded Council’s portfolio. Dr. Ukwuije successfully reviewed Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV/AIDS (ENR) Value for Money (VFM) Framework and conducted VFM Analysis on the ENR Project for 2 years.
Since June 2014, Francis is the Senior Health Economist at the Department of Health Planning, Research and Statistics, FMOH, pioneering the establishment of the Healthcare Financing Equity and Investment Branch, which provides central coordination for UHC in Nigeria. He is developing national Investment Case for Health; Health Financing policy and Implementation Strategy; Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Guidelines; and protocols that support evidence based budgeting and domestic resource mobilization.
Dr. Ukwuije coordinates the National inter-agency Task Team on the National Health Accounts (NHA) and leads efforts in making Performance Based Financing (PBF) a part of the national policy. He coordinates the National Health Act 2014 Core Secretariat and the Global Financing Facility (GFF) Secretariat.
He has successfully conducted a number of studies including cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) of three HCT Strategies in reaching Male MARPs; published relevant papers; and made several international conference presentations.
His passion is to see a country Nigeria where everyone especially those most in need will have access to the quality healthcare that they need at appropriate time, free from financial impoverishment.