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Zakari Isiaka Osheku (Founder/ Executive Director)

Zakari Osheku is the Founder and the Executive Director of PHC Initiative Africa. As a Public Health Enthusiast, he strongly believes in strengthening health care system from the base and this informed his decision to set up a system that will catalyse the needed transformation within the health domain or any of its determinants across Nigeria and beyond; hence, the choice for primary health care strengthening which is foundational to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Having worked as a Business Development Professional in the pharmaceutical subset of the health sector and with over 10 years experience, he had first hand knowledge of the deplorable state of the Nigerian health care space which he had vowed to correct. Zakari is now renowned as the Voice of Primary Health Care in Nigeria and Beyond which is the most neglected.

Zakari was a perfect example of what life was growing in penury in Africa without access to quality health care, qualitative education and good food like millions of others today. However, he was able to struggle through schools, up to earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria. At the moment, he is a student both running his Master’s Degree research in Medical Microbiology, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, and an MBA programme in NDA Postgraduate School, Kaduna, Nigeria.

He has lots of certifications among which are Policy and Advocacy in Global Health from the University of Washington, USA and Proficiency Certificate in Management.

Zakari feels if he is not thinking of solving any of the world’s numerous problems, then he is part of the world’s numerous problems. This philosophy is his drive.

He is so full of youth, glamour and pizzazz with vast leadership and managerial prowess. And these are what he channels to causing a revolution that is holistic in the Nigerian health care space in particular and within the landscape of Africa at large with interventions that are not only simple, innovative and cost-effective but also multisectoral in nature.

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