Dr Nnenna N. Ihebuzor is the Director Primary Health Care Systems Development at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Abuja, Nigeria.
She qualified as a medical doctor with MBBS from the University of Ibadan; obtained the MPH from University of Lagos; M.Sc. from University College London (UCL); a Diploma in Health Systems Management (Galilee) and Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP in Paediatrics). Dr Ihebuzor is a paediatrician and public health physician with extensive training and practice in clinical paediatrics, public health policy and management. As a British Chevening Scholar and best graduating student at University College London (MSc with distinction, Mother and Child Health), her research focused on mental development of children. Dr. Ihebuzor’s paediatrics fellowship assessed the risk of hypoglycaemia in exclusively breastfed newborns.
As Director of Primary Health Care Systems Development since 2013, Dr Ihebuzor leads a team of about 30 professionals working to develop policy and guidance to Nigerian States and LGAs in the equitable implementation and delivery of basic health care, with a health systems focus on human resources for health, innovative primary health care financing and coordination mechanisms for life-saving commodities.
Before joining NPHCDA in 2010 as pioneer Director of the Community Health Services Department, where her remit included development of frontline health service delivery platforms, advocacy and communication and health promotion, she was Consultant Paediatrician and Head of Department of Paediatrics, Maitama District Hospital, Abuja. Prior to that she was Assistant Director, National Programme on Immunisation. Her practice, research and publication interests include maternal and child health, neonatal survival, prevention of communicable diseases and global health.
Dr Ihebuzor is an active member of the Paediatrics Association of Nigeria, past Secretary of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine, Nigerian Medical Association and Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors. Dr Ihebuzor loves to research and read books especially around global health, development and management genres. She provides pro bono school health advisory services and youth mentoring. Dr Ihebuzor, who has nearly 30 years post qualification experience spanning clinical medicine and public health, is married with three children.