Mr. Muhammad Ali Pate, former Minister of Health of Nigeria, was offered two positions, one at the World Bank, and the other at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, School of Health Public Library at Harvard University.
In early May, the World Bank appointed Mr. Pate as Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) and Director of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Washington DC. At about the same time, he was also appointed Professor Julio Frenk Chair in Public Health Leadership, Department of Public Health and Population, by Harvard T. Chan Chan School of Public Health.
Both of these appointments will take effect on July 1, 2019. However, Harvard T. H. Chan School has indicated that Mr. Pate will be on standby at the time he will perform both functions.
In his new role at the World Bank, Dr. Pate will lead, develop and communicate the Vision and Strategic Direction for Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) and the Global Financing Facility (GFF). as well as their links with the Human Capital Project; it will ensure that global priorities are effectively integrated into national programs and ensure high-quality delivery of global commitments; and will work closely with Regional Directors affiliated with a Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) office. He will effectively oversee the strategic staffing and talent management of staff in the Health, Nutrition and Population office and the Global Financing Facility to foster the creation and dissemination of knowledge and solutions.
Established in 2015, the Global Financing Facility (GFF) aims to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns, children and adolescents, and improve women’s health and quality of life. , children and adolescents. GFF is a new development finance model that aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals, which helps governments prioritize critical health and nutrition issues, and brings together multiple sources of funding to address the funding gap in the areas of health and nutrition. reproductive health, and the health and nutrition of the newborn, child and adolescent (RMNCAH-N) by 2030.
The GFF Trust Fund, the monetary arm of GFF that provides a portion of the funds needed by countries to invest in the RMNCAH-N, is linked to funding from the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Development. Reconstruction and Development (IBRD). In 2018, donors, including the Gates Foundation, the European Commission, Norway, Japan, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, pledged over $ 1 billion for GFF.
According to the World Bank, Mr. Pate was chosen to fill this position following a competitive Bank-wide executive recruitment process. Mr. Pate has previously worked for the World Bank, having joined the organization in 2000 as a young professional, and working on health issues such as HIV / AIDS, TB and malaria in several parts of the world, including the World Health Organization. Africa, East Asia and the Pacific.
Until recently, he was the Executive Director of Big Win Philanthropy, a UK-based organization that invests in children and young adults in developing countries to improve their standard of living. and maximize demographic dividends for economic growth.
Prior to his appointment as Minister of State for Health in Nigeria in 2011, Mr. Pate had successfully held the position of Executive Director of the National Agency for Primary Health Care Development (NPHCDA). In 2013, he resigned from his position as Minister of State for Health to join Duke University’s Institute of Global Health as a visiting professor where he taught about health systems compared to postgraduate students.
While in office at NPHCDA, Dr. Pate introduced a number of reforms that significantly increased immunization coverage in northern Nigeria. In the space of two years, the incidence of wild polio virus (PVS) has dropped dramatically, from 803 to 11 cases in the country. It has also led the reform aimed at increasing the number of qualified midwives and improving service delivery, thereby helping to reduce a high rate of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.
Mr. Ali Pate studied at Ahmadu Bell University