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Ezinne Ezekwem

Senior Program Officer

Ezinne Ezekwem is a motivated public health professional with experience in business development, program management, and applied research in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa. Her technical areas of interest and experience include maternal child health, HIV/AIDS, and health system strengthening.

As a senior program officer at R4D, Ms. Ezekwem works on the Nigeria Health Care Financing Technical Assistance Program, an effort that engages Nigerian national and state level stakeholders in joint policy dialogue and evidence generation to inform health financing design options and build capacities for the roll-out of health financing reform at both the state and federal level. Ms. Ezekwem plays an integral role supporting the administrative, operational, and technical aspects of the project. She also worked on multiple USAID-funded projects to support the Ghanian government in strengthening health systems, including an innovative primary care provider networks initiative to improve access and quality of primary health care services.

Prior to joining R4D, Ms. Ezekwem was a Research and Health Policy fellow at the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy. She previously worked at IMA World Health, where she supported business and proposal development. Ezinne has also worked at the National Institute for Medical Research in Tanzania, where she conducted an evaluative study on the procurement and supply of HIV and AIDS treatment in care and treatment clinics.

Throughout her career, Ms. Ezekwem has been dedicated to improving health outcomes in vulnerable communities. She worked at The George Washington University and contributed to a large scale Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) funded study of a new healthcare model that aims to improve HIV prevention and care while lowering healthcare costs in Washington, DC. She also contributed to a report on the prevention and treatment of TB produced by the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, and coauthored by a partnership of multilateral agencies, government partners and NGOs.

Ms. Ezekwem holds an MSc in global health from Georgetown University and a BA in health administration and public policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

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