13 Oct. 2022 ● Hybrid Event ● 9AM Onsite, 10AM Online

The Political Economy of Health: Investing in the Future of Nigeria


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The Political Economy of Health: Investing in the Future of Nigeria

The 8th Edition of the Future of Health Conference is here, themed: “The Political Economy of Health: Investing in the Future of Nigeria”. Our aim is to provide a visible high-level platform for key stakeholders in policy, governance, economics, and healthcare to discuss the factors that influence Nigeria’s health policies; how political, social, and economic factors shape individual and population health outcomes; health service development within the economic and political context; and how to create a national health service that meets the needs of all Nigerians. The 2023 general elections have presented us with a unique opportunity to push healthcare up the political agenda, which we must take advantage of if we are to make any meaningful progress towards achieving Universal Health Coverage and if we want to see an improvement in Nigeria’s health sector and health indices. Healthcare needs to take its rightful place of prominence alongside the economy, security, and other priority issues in the political agenda. We invite you to join us as we discuss ways in which to push healthcare to take its place of prominence alongside other priority issues in the political agenda.

Panel Sessions

On Day 1, we will focus on Gender Equality for Sustainable Development. On this day, we will discuss how gender equality can be a catalytic policy intervention that triggers positive multiplier effects across the spectrum of development. Day 1 of the 2021 Future of Health Conference will aim to:

  1. Foster dialogue around the need to make women’s representation in media more inclusive and develop more gender-balanced news stories.
  2. Elevate the conversation on how men can support women’s representation in male dominated leadership spaces.
  3. Amplify the critical importance of women in leadership as a driver of improved gender equality.

Our line up of speakers for Day-1 Panels are:

Panel 1: The Economy of Health

Dr. Sarah Alade
Special Adviser to the Nigerian President
Finance and Economy

Dr. Ola Brown
Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company

Mr. Onoriode Ezire
Senior Health Specialist
World Bank Group

Dr. Habib Sadauki
National President
Society of Gynaecology & Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON)

Prof. Obinna Onwujekwe
Professor of Health Economics & Policy & Pharmacoeconomics, University of Nigeria;
Lancet Nigeria Commissioner

Dr. Olumide Okunola
Senior Health Specialist
World Bank Group

Panel 2: Politics and Health

Rob Yates
Executive Director
Centre For Universal Health
Chatham House

Yosolaoluwa Olanrewaju Akinbi
Coordinator, Core Working Group (CWG)
National Human Capital Development Program

Yemi Adamolekun
Executive Director
Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE)

Dr. Amina Aminu Dorayi
Nigeria Country Director
Pathfinder International

Amarakoon Bandara
Senior Economic Advisor & Head of Strategic Policy & Inclusive Growth, UNDP Nigeria

Chioma Agwuegbo
Executive Director

Panel 3: Political Leadership in Health

Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu
Hon. Commissioner for Health
Enugu State

Dr. Amina Mohammed Baloni
Hon. Commissioner for Health
Kaduna State

Dr. Betta Edu
Former Hon. Commissioner for Health
Cross River State

Dr. Oyebanji Filani
Hon. Commissioner for Health
Ekiti State

Dr. Kemisola Agbaoye
Director of Programmes
Nigeria Health Watch