Dr. Hope Uweja is a recognized national and regional leader in health financing and health systems development in Africa. His work has focused primarily in Nigeria through government, international organizations and businesses.
Dr. Uweja is the country director for Nigeria at Results for Development (R4D), where he oversees the organization’s cross-cutting practice areas in health, education and nutrition. He oversees and contributes to strategy and program development and delivery, partner and donor management, thought leadership, research design, knowledge building and collaborative learning efforts.
For much of his career, Dr. Uweja has focused on improving access to affordable health care for poor and vulnerable groups in Nigeria. As the general manager of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), he played a key part in implementing the work of the NHIS across public and private sectors and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
He led the task force that executed the NHIS/MDG maternal and child health program in Nigeria between 2008 and 2011 which resulted in access to primary and secondary care for over 1.5 million pregnant women and children annually in 12 states. He also led the team that carried out a national assessment of community health insurance schemes. That work was presented in the National Summit on Community Health Insurance Scheme and published as the national policy on community health insurance.
As country director for Nigeria at GAUHCIA, Dr. Uweja provided technical assistance to the NHIS and several states. Since then, he has focused on driving the country’s drive to universal health care through his consulting practice.
Dr. Uweja holds a MB:CB degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University). He also holds master’s degrees in business administration and in finance from the University of Calabar and in economics from the Ambrose Alli University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in economics. He is fluent in English.