Patrons and Ambassadors

Prof. Eyitayo Lambo (FOR(England), FNES Former Minister of Health)

Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, a Health Economist and a Health Systems Expert, obtained both first and second degrees in Economics and a doctorate degree in Operational Research (applied to Health Systems). He was awarded the Fellowship of Operational Research, England in 1986, one of the first Africans so honoured by that international professional organization.

He was in the academics in Nigeria for sixteen years and he took early and voluntary retirement from the University system in 1992 as a Professor. He pioneered the teaching of Operations Research, Health Economics and Health Systems Research in Nigeria. He served at the World Health Organization (WHO) as the. Regional Adviser on Health Economics, Health Sector Reform and Health in Socioeconomic Development in the Organization’s Regional Office for Africa from 1990 to 1999.There, he introduced Health Economics into the work of the Organization in Africa and strengthened capacity in Health Economics in the WHO Regional Office for Africa as well as in WHO country offices in Africa. He received the award for the ‘Most hardworking and outstanding professional staff,’ in the WHO Regional Office for Africa – an award that was made to any staff for the first time by the WHO’s Regional Office for Africa. He voluntarily retired in December 1999.

Back in Nigeria, he was appointed Director of the Change Agent Programme for Health Sector Reform in Nigeria, a health programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID/UK) from October 2001 to July 2003. He was appointed Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2003, a position he held for a full term of four years, making him one of the longest serving Ministers of Health in Nigeria to date. He has served on many national and international committees/ boards/ groups including the Expert Resource Group for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Forum on Health Finance for; Ministers of Finance, 21-24 April, 2013; Ministers of Health, 2-6 June, 2013; and Ministers of Finance, 2-6 April, 2014.
He is happily married to Dr.(Mrs.) Esther Olufunmilayo Lambo and they are blessed with four grown up children and nine grandchildren.