Ekechi Okereke leads Population Council’s human resources for health (HRH) team in Nigeria under the Reproductive Health Division. Ekechi is the project lead for Population Council on the Enhancing the Ability of Frontline Health Workers to Improve Health in Nigeria project. As Project Director (RH/HRH), Ekechi Okereke provides leadership and technical oversight for the Human Resources for Health (HRH) project at Population Council. Ekechi allocates the financial and human resources to carry out HRH project activities, while providing general oversight and quality assurance for the design, implementation and documentation of HRH project activities at the Council which contributes to the Council’s goal of reducing maternal newborn and child morbidity and mortality. He works with the Federal Ministry of Health, State Ministries of Health and State Primary Healthcare Development Agencies in Bauchi and Cross-River States as well as with the project partner i.e. World Health Organization (WHO) in Nigeria on the HRH-focused project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).
Prior to joining Population Council, Ekechi worked as a Health Economist for Family Health International (now FHI360) on the USAID-funded Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN) project from 2008 to 2011. He also worked for Abt Associates on the DFID-funded Partnership for transforming Health Systems Phase 2 (PATHS2) project in Nigeria. He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals such as Health Policy and Planning Journal, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Reproductive Health Journal, BMC Health Services Research Journal as well as the African Journal of Reproductive Health. Ekechi is a member of Health Systems Global (HSG) as well as the African Health Economics and Policy Association.
Ekechi Okereke holds an MSc Health Economics and Health Policy from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nigeria. Ekechi has also attended a short course on Health Economic Evaluation at Oxford University, United Kingdom and specialist training on ‘Strengthen Human Resources for Health’ at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.