In this episode of the Word café podcast, I will be talking with Adaeze Odili Oreh on her journey in raising awareness with the blood service within Nigeria and Africa.
Adaeze Odili Oreh is the Country Director Planning, Research, and Statistics with Nigeria's National Blood Service Commission which entails working with health and development policymakers at ministerial and sub-ministerial levels to create blood policies that reduce maternal mortality and reduce the transfer of infections such as HIV through unsafe blood transfusions as well as improving the distribution of safely screened blood to hard-to-reach areas, especially in times of terror and conflict.
With a strong interest in the potential of technology to scale healthcare solutions in the public sector, she advises health-tech entrepreneurs on viability, scalability, and the impact of policy on health technology.
Adaeze has a solid commitment to enabling and providing respectful, accessible, affordable, comprehensive, and continuous care at the primary and secondary care levels from a community health perspective.
She is keenly interested in research and analysis focused on health systems policy, financing, and strengthening; maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health; mental health, and tropical infectious diseases and has authored over 300 health policy briefs.
Adaeze is also a Family Physician, Public Policy Specialist, Rural and Global Health & Development Advocate, and 2019 Aspen New Voices Fellow with over 17 years of experience in health management in public and private health care organizations in Nigeria.