Profile of Co-Founder

Dr Charity is a Public Health Specialist and Co-founder of the Centre for Health Systems Support-(CHESIDS). She has 20 years of progressive experience spanning international, national and sub national roles. She has served, and led teams of professionals in collaborative partnerships to deliver results in Public Health Initiatives. In Geneva, at the headquarters of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (GF), she led a team that executed a modified strategy which established a more structured and interactive engagement between focal points of Technical Partners (WHO, Stop TB partnership, UNAIDS, Roll Back Malaria) and the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel (TRP). This strengthened the dialogue on emerging global evidence (on the 3 diseases) ahead of technical review of country proposals to the GF. At the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she managed multiple grant portfolios of PEPFAR-supported implementing partners delivering HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment services in Nigeria. In 2007, while at CDC,  she co-led Nigeria’s successful roll out of the Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) of HIV using dried blood spots, and received an award in recognition of this role.  From then pilot phase of 1 laboratory & 6 clinical sites, the country now uses 17 laboratory and 6,227 clinical sites for EID, resulting in earlier testing, care and treatment for thousands of HIV exposed infants in underserved Nigerian communities. At the Catholic Relief Services, an International Development & Relief Agency, she served as the pioneer team leader of their Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in Nigeria, successfully establishing systems, providing thought leadership and managing human, material and financial resources, resulting in the provision of care and support services for thousands of underserved children and their families in eight Nigerian states.   

She has successfully supervised highly diverse multicultural teams, has represented organization(s) at different fora and made public presentations at international, national and sub-national events. She has demonstrated proficiency in building consensus and striving for results within high-paced and complex multi-stakeholder engagement settings.

As advisor to a former Nigerian minister of health (Dr Mohammad Pate) she played a significant role in strengthening the Program Delivery Unit of the Saving One Million Lives Initiative (SOML) which has evolved and currently serves as a performance-driven platform to improve health outcomes in thirty six Nigerian states. In consultative role to the Future Assured initiative driven by wife of Nigeria’s current president, she led the development of performance monitoring framework and Advocacy fact sheets in support of Mrs Buhari’s RMNCAH advocacy efforts. The framework is now used by staff of Future Assured to track results of their RMNCAH Advocacy efforts supported by BMGF.

Dr Charity positons health as a development issue and recognizes the need for vigorous sub-national engagement, data-driven planning, deployment of multi-sectoral approaches and effective performance tracking to achieve results in improving the health outcomes of Nigerians.

She received her medical training at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. She has an MPH from the same institution and holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), both of the University of London. She is Certified in Entrepreneurial Management (CEM) from the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), a co-faculty of the Lagos Business School.