I am delighted to congratulate a truly dedicated Health Champion, Dr Salma Ibrahim Anas, on the announcement of her appointment as Special Adviser on Health to His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR!
Dr Salma’s appointment as the President’s first choice in the health sector is a clear indication of the trust and confidence placed in her abilities, reflecting the recognition of her expertise and the significant contributions made to the healthcare system in Nigeria. Indeed, this opportunity to serve the Nation, and humanity, is a well merited upliftment, alongside Dr Salma’s long standing focus on Family Health and Health Systems Strengthening.
As mentioned by the Nigerian Health Watch; there are few people that could be more prepared for a role at the national level than Dr Salma, as she is affectionately known by those who know her. She has worked at all levels of the Federal Ministry of Health, at the state level as Commissioner of Health in Borno State from 2011 to 2015 to her role leading the Department of Hospital Services, NEMSAS (Nigeria Emergency Medical Services and Ambulance Scheme) and the Cancer Programme. She worked for many years for UN organisations, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Health Organization (WHO), in addition to leading a large DFID-funded project, MNCH2. She has seen the health sector from every possible angle, has worked directly with Ministers and Governors, has been part of the donor community defining agendas, and therefore understands the very difficult fiduciary responsibilities of working in our Nigerian context.
Dr Salma’s appointment is impactful in working towards a world that values women as leaders in global health and catalysts for better health for all. Through building gender equal leadership in global and national health and going beyond gender parity to Gender Transformative Leadership, we increase the wellbeing and livelihoods of women, their families, and their communities, progress on equity, create stronger health systems for the delivery of higher quality care, allowing us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
I have no doubt that Dr Salma’s visionary approach, coupled with her commitment to evidence-based practices, will revolutionise the Nigerian health sector and usher in positive transformations, with her passion for public health and dedication to improving healthcare delivery being an inspiring and motivating force for others to strive for excellence.
Hearty congratulations Dr Salma!
📸: 16 May 2022, Wellbeing Foundation Africa Panel At The Pathfinder International & She Forum Africa “Partnerships for Goals: Advancing the Gender Agenda for Sustainable Development