Dr. Emmanuel Odu, born on 18 June 1960, is the Director of Community Health Services at the Nigeria National Primary Health Care Development Agency, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health. He also served as the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics in the same agency. In addition, Dr. Odu served in United Nations and bilateral government institutions and development programmes where he held various top management and international posts including Head of Programme Advisory Unit in United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); National Planning and Operations Manager (Director) in UK-DFID Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS1); Director of programmes & Deputy Chief of party, USAID – ENHANSE; and Consultant for UK-DFID Benue Health Fund programme; among others. Further, Dr. Odu is currently the Principal Investigator (Country Director) of PHAID, a USA/CDC-funded partnership programme between NPHCDA and CDC, domiciled in National Primary Health Care Agency.
With regards to education and training, Dr. Odu qualified as a Medical Doctor with the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB. BCH) obtained at the University of Jos; he obtained the Master of Science degree in Public Health (MSc-PH) at the University of London; and the Diploma of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine (DLSHTM). He is a medical and public health professional with extensive, additional, training in diverse areas, including Leadership, Innovation and Strategy; Health Systems Strengthening and Sustainable Financing; Universal Health coverage; Health Sector Reforms; Monitoring and Evaluation; Programme/Project Cycle Management; Procurement for Executives; Operations Management; Analytic competence for Managing Operations; among others. He attended various national and international courses in Nigeria, USA, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Kenya, among others.
In his serial capacities as Director of Planning, Research and Statistics and Director of Community Health Services, Dr. Odu initiated and coordinated the development of Nigeria’s policy and implementation of Primary Health Care Under One Roof, which resulted in the establishment of State Primary Health Care Boards/Agencies in most states of Nigeria; initiated and coordinated the Development of NPHCDA strategic plans; initiated and coordinated the nation-wide implementation of Nigeria PHC Planning and Review Policy, which was implemented on a national scale; assisted all states to develop annual Primary Health Care plans for all states and FCT; provided leadership and coordination of NPHCDA’s frontline service delivery platforms through the nationwide Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) weeks, social/community mobilization and health promotion. Prior to his appointment as Director, he served at the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi, where he held various technical and managerial positions.
Dr. Odu possesses 30 years post-qualification experience, covering clinical medical practice, public health, health/project management, Procurement Management and Epidemiology, among other areas. He is married with children.