Zainab Abdurrahman is a health systems strengthening and financing specialist with 6 years of experience implementing development projects in the health sector in Nigeria. She worked as a program officer on the Norwegian-funded Clinton Health Access Initiative – Maternal and Newborn Health (CHAI-MNH) program, which was designed to fast track progress on Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in three Northern Nigerian states. She also has experience implementing health financing reforms and improving domestic resource mobilization for health in Nigeria. Ms. Abdurrahman is particularly interested in the use of research evidence to inform and promote sustainable financing for health in low- and middle-income countries.
Ms. Abdurrahman is a program officer at Results for Development, supporting health financing reforms at the federal and state level in Nigeria. She specifically manages the design and implementation of demand-side financing for primary health care in Niger and Kaduna states and supports the implementation of Basic Healthcare Provision Fund in the states.
Throughout her career, Ms. Abdurrahman has worked to improve different components of health systems strengthening in Nigeria. As a program officer for a program to accelerate progress on MDGs 4 and 5 in three northern Nigeria states, she worked to improve service delivery by coordinating capacity-building of health care workers to better manage the major drivers of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in the high burden states. She also worked to revive the Community Based Health Information System, which reduces the gap in data reporting, particularly on maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Abdurrahman worked as a health financing advisor on the USAID-HFG project, where she supported legal, institutional and policy reforms in many Nigerian states undergoing health financing reforms. She saw the passage of health insurance bills into law in supported states and the design and launch of the health insurance scheme in Cross River state. She also conducted assessments to generate evidence to support the reforms.
Ms. Abdurrahman holds an MPhil in development studies from the University of Cambridge, UK and a BA in economics from the American University of Sharjah, UAE. She speaks English and Hausa.