Monday, 23 May, 2022


Dr Jerome Mafeni -The Public Health Genius

The kind doctor Is a public health professional and dental science expert with Fellowships from the Nigerian and West African Colleges of Surgeons with more than 35 years of experience in delivering technical, managerial, and administrative leadership in the health development sector.

Dr. Jerome is a visionary leader with unequaled skills in finding the best solutions to the most complex problems. His particular skills in building highly productive teams and public-private partnerships is internationally recognized. His abilities cover a myriad of complex challenges from healthcare at all levels, through conflict resolution, and most recently, his support of the Global Campaign against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS). Jerome has the unfaltering trust of both the public and private sectors, including military, civilian, and humanitarian organizations. He is the bridge bringing them together

His professional achievements and experience range from Mafeni Pedodent Nigeria Limited, MD/CEO Abuja, Nigeria
African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP)
to being Chief Executive Officer Gaborone, Botswana
RTI International Senior Technical Advisor, Global Health and Nigeria Country Director. Abuja, Nigeria.
He als lead the Family Health International 360 as Executive Director (Achieving Health Nigeria Initiative – AHNi) and Director of Health Policy and Systems Management, (USAID Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Project – GHAIN). Abuja,

Chief of Party, USAID Enhancing HIV/AIDS and Social Sector Environment (ENHANSE) Project. Abuja, Nigeria
Constella Futures Country Director, USAID POLICY Project. Abuja, Nigeria
WHO African Regional Centre for Oral Health and Training Initiatives, (Formerly WHO-Intercountry Centre for Oral Health for Africa)
Assistant Director, Research and Administration Jos, Nigeria
University of Benin, Faculty of Dentistry,
Head of Department, Department of Preventive Dentistry, Benin City, Nigeria

Past works also includes
Global Fund and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM)
Member of Botswana CMM representing newly created International NGO Constituency. Botswana
Alternate Member of Botswana CCM representing Development Partners
Global Fund and Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM)

Alongside this vast amount of accomplishments, Dr. Mafeni has to his belt the following accolades to inspire mentorship within the country as former Examiner, Faculty of Dental Surgery, National Postgraduate Medical College, 2009 – Date;
Visiting Consultant in Pediatric Dentistry, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, 2011 – Date;
Country Liaison Officer (Consultant) – Policy Project, Nigeria (Funded by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID), The Futures Group International,
Special Consultant – Intercountry Centre for Oral Health (ICOH) for Africa (In collaboration with the World Health Organisation), Jos, Nigeria, July 2000 – onwards;
Acting Head, Department of Preventive Dentistry, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria,
Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry/Public Dental Health, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria,
Visiting Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 1994;
Lecturer I – University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, 1992
Dental Surgeon I – Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia,
Honorary Dental Officer – Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia,
Lecturer II/Honorary Senior Registrar – University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria,
Honorary Registrar – University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria,
Graduate Assistant/Honorary Senior House Officer – University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria, .
Dental Surgeon II – Dental Centre, State Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria,
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – Dental Centre, State Hospital, Ijebu-Ode,
House officer – Dental Centre, Specialist Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria,

His educational prowess includes

• University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, 1977 – 1982. Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B. D. S.)
• University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, 1988 – 1989. Masters of Public Health (M. P. H.)
• University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 1990 – 1992. Masters of Dental Science (M. D. Sc.) Pediatric Dentistry.
• National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, 1985 – 1996. Fellowship of the Medical College in Dental Surgery (F. M. C. D. S.)
• Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) in Dental Surgery 2003. Award by-election.

Nigeria has a vast amount of ace leaders driving the way globally for peace and progress, we are proud to honour them on our platform.

Highly focused, demonstrating leadership by example everywhere. He is highly sort after in the global civil society movement, especially with reproductive health issues. The role he played in the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) cannot be easily forgotten, since he left the CCM, there seems to be an unresolved issue affecting the body and by extension affecting the HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB impact mitigation in Nigeria. Dr. Mafeni is a worthy fellow a genuine Nigeria mentor.

If a roll of persons who has greatly influenced our national policies around an integrated approach to healthcare delivery and the great fight to reduce maternal and child mortality in Nigeria is ever done, Dr Mafeni will surely have a special space on the list.

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