Dr. Ejike Oji

A summary Profile of Dr Ejike Oji,

  • President /CEO, Dr Ejike Oji Community Development Foundation,
  • Chairman Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP),
  • Chairman, Coalition for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Accountability Mechanism (C4MAN)
  • Chairman Board of Network of Reproductive Health Journalists
  • CSO Focal Point FP 2020 (Civil Society focal person representing all civil societies in Nigeria on the Global Imitative to get Family Planning services to additional 120 million women and girls by the year 2020)
  • Chairman Medical Sub Committee, FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID 19

He qualified as a physician from the prestigious University of Nigeria in 1980 and after his one-year mandatory youth service to the Nation proceeded to work in Kaduna in a private medical firm (Chasel Hospital), where he distinguished himself as a doctor. While at the university he pioneered and participated in an exchange medical program between 1977 and 1979 at the King’s College Hospital Denmark Hill London. In 1988 and 1989 he bagged the physician award of the year twice consecutively.

He went on to work for 9 years for an International diagnostic centre in Wiesbaden, Germany called the Duetsche Klinik Fur Diagnostik (DKD) There he distinguished himself as the best external consultant. He has participated in so many leadership trainings, local and international conferences all over Nigeria and outside the country. From 2002 to 2013 he also served as the Country Director of Ipas an international organization where his work took him to about 20 different countries in the world and he won over 30 awards in areas of women’s health and rights. Internationally he made tremendous contributions in women’s health and rights advocacy.

In 2006 he was invited by the Norwegian Government to discuss issues of women’s health in Africa, this contributed to the NORAD partnering with DFID to do the biggest health intervention in Africa PATHs 2 in Nigeria. In 2008 with colleagues he addressed the American Congress for over four hours on issues of women’s health and this led to the third executive order of President Obama that led to unlocking of millions of dollars for women’s health intervention globally, and Nigeria benefitted from this a lot.
In Nigeria, while at Ipas he developed deep relationships with and supported nine women groups over an eight-year period.

At the moment he is the Chairman of the Strategic Management team of both Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria (AAFP) and the Coalition for Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health accountability mechanism (C4MAN). These two organizations have over 40 international organizations and CSOs in Nigeria as members.

To put issues of women in the public and national spaces he has trained over 460 journalists on issues of women’s health and rights. He has the privilege of being the only man on the honors role of (NCWS) National Council of Women’s Society twice in a row. Working with colleagues he conceptualized and pushed for the implementation of the Midwifery service scheme in Nigeria. This scheme has reduced maternal mortality by more than 40%. The Nigerian govt. won two prestigious international awards for this scheme. It has been adjudged to be the best strategy to reduce maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa.

While he was on the saddle at Ipas he made sure that Ipas had programs in 19 different states. Under his watch Ipas developed a comprehensive work with NIMSA to educate and inform young medical students in women sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.

Currently, he is the President/CEO of Dr. Ejike Oji Community Development Foundation. The Foundation is focused on issues that will revitalize the primary Health Care centers in Nigeria and especially the Primary Health Care Under One Roof Initiative. He is a member of the CSO support group of the House of Rep. Sub Committee on Revitalizing health care in the country. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Guild of Medical Directors.

He is married to Hon Justice Chizoba Oji who works at the FCT judiciary and they have two sons and two daughters

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