Dr Nneka Orji

Technical Advisor on Health Financing to the Minister of State for Health, Nigeria

Dr Nneka Orji is a policymaker working for the federal government of Nigerian the health sector. She is the Technical Advisor on Health financing, to the Minister of State for Health in Nigeria. She originally trained as a medical doctor and practised clinical medicine for a few years before moving into public health, where she has supervised several projects and travelled to over 25 countries around the world. She is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Menzies School of Medical Research, University of Tasmania. Besides studying, Dr Orji loves hiking.

3:15pm – 4:15pm EAT

Tuesday, 9 March 2021 Day 2

Strategic Health Purchasing: Changing the Conversation

Hosted by the Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Centre (SPARC)

(2.5 hours | 3:15pm - 5:20pm EAT)

Two years after the SPARC launch, what has changed in the landscape of strategic health purchasing (SHP) on the continent? This session will unpack the gaps/challenges experienced by countries and SPARC’s efforts to generate evidence and develop the expertise at bridging these gaps. The session will include:

  • A spoken word performance to introduce the session
  • An introductory presentation focusing on the functional capacities needed to drive progress on strategic purchasing
  • Presentation findings of a mapping exercise undertaken in 10 sub-Saharan African countries through the SPARC Technical Partners (TPs) Consortium
  • A fireside chat with key policymakers to provide framing on progress and challenges affecting the institutionalization of SHP
  • A moderated Q&A session – featuring policymakers and technical experts – open to all participants
  • Conclude the session and reflect on key messages