Our #BellaNaijaMCM this week Ibrahim Audu Salisu is one of the unsung heroes at the forefront of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeastern region of Nigeria.
With over 20,000 killed and millions of others displaced, there is bound to be poverty, healthcare challenges and conflicts among people in the region.
Ibrahim is a public health and development specialist who is a volunteer treating victims of the Boko Haram in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
Ibrahim, a conflict resolution specialist with almost 10 years of local and international development experience has worked in both technical and management capacities for UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Norwegian government, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)-funded projects.
He was senior program officer of DFID’s Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria-Maternal Newborn and Child Health Initiative.
Ibrahim, who is passionate about healthcare delivery and development has an MBBS and BSc (Peace and Conflict Studies) from the University of Maiduguri. He also has four master’s degrees: Public Health from University of London; Health Economics; Development Studies; and Public Policy and Administration from Bayero University, Kano.
He was the state technical lead for the USAID-funded SIDHAS project, implemented by FHI 360 in Yobe State and is currently a Public Health Officer, Health Emergencies and Humanitarian Response at the World Health Organisation (WHO) with station in Northeastern Nigeria.
He was part of the 2016 cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. He has also been published in several journals including Journal of Public Health in Africa.
People like Ibrahim Audu Salisu and many others are contributing their quota in catalysing development in rural and war-torn areas, as well as ensuring they receive quality healthcare and we’re celebrating them today.