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Dr. Adaeze Oreh

Doctor, Healthcare Advocate, Author, Speaker

Dr. Adaeze Oreh is a Consultant Family Physician and Country Head of Planning, Research and Statistics for Nigeria’s National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) with over 17 years of private and public healthcare experience. Working alongside policymakers, Dr. Oreh advocates for blood policies that reduce maternal and child mortality rates, reduce the transmission of infectious diseases through unsafe blood transfusions, and improve the distribution of safely-screened blood to remote and conflict-affected communities.

Between 2009 and 2014, Dr. Oreh was the Coordinator in charge of Abuja, Nasarawa, and Niger States for NBTS, where she worked in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Her role was critical to national policy formulation, information management, operations supervision, quality assurance, and emergency preparedness and response. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Oreh has employed her risk communications expertise, taking part in 30 interviews and publishing over 50 editorials to help educate the public on the pandemic.

Dr. Oreh regularly conducts voluntary community medical outreach and advocacy campaigns through her foundation, Kaibeya Care Foundation Africa, providing medical and educational support to under-served communities in Northern Nigeria. She also sits on several boards, volunteers, and supports humanitarian initiatives in blood safety, medical services, maternal and child health, literacy, education, and women and youth empowerment.

A prolific writer on prevalent health and development issues in Africa, Dr. Oreh has authored publications in international, national, and local media outlets. Dr. Oreh holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in International Health Management from Imperial College London and in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; in addition to Leadership, Management and Public Policy certifications from Oxford Saïd Business School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Washington. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Royal Society of Public Health and sits on the Governing Council of Nigeria’s first private university of Medical Sciences.

In 2019, she was named one of 25 recipients of the Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellowship­­­—an initiative which recognizes changemakers in global health and development.

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