Special Advisors

Dr. Leke PITAN


IHF Special Advisor

Africa Region

Dr. Leke Pitan (MBBS, MPH) is currently the IHF Advisor for Africa.

Dr. Pitan has worked and served in various capacities. He is a member of the Forum on evidence-based health policy-making of the Nigerian Academy of Science. He is Chairman of the Project Advisory Committee of the Ford Foundation's Health Journalists' Immersion Program Maternal, Child and New born Health. He is Executive Director of Pitman-UK training Centre in Nigeria.

Dr. Pitan was the Honorable Commissioner for Education (Lagos State, Nigeria) between April 2006 and June 2007. He was also the Honorable Commissioner for Health (Lagos State, Nigeria) between June 1999 and March 2006.Dr. Pitan was Chief Medical Director of the Mayowa Hospital (Lagos Nigeria) between1985 and 1999. He was a medical officer at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, General Hospital Lagos and State Hospital Shagamu (Ogun State) between 1982 and 1985.

Dr. Pitan was elected Governing Council member for Nigeria (THE FIRST AFRICAN) at the IHF 34th World Hospital Congress held in Nice, France, in 2005, for a six-year (2005-2011) term of office. During this period, Dr. Pitan was elected Treasurer (THE FIRST AFRICAN) for two consecutive terms (2007-2009 & 2009-2011). He is also a member of the IHF Executive and Audit and Finance Committees. Dr. Pitan is a winner of the National Merit Awards of the Nigerian Medical Association and the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, respectively.

He had his primary school education at the Lagos Island Local Government Primary school (Okesuna, Lagos) between 1964 and 1970. He attended Igbobi College (Yaba, Lagos) for his secondary school education between 1971 and 1975. He also attended Kings' college Lagos between 1975 and 1977. He proceeded to study medicine at the University of Ibadan (Oyo state, Nigeria) between 1977 and 1982 where he got his MBBS degrees with distinction in Anatomy. He had his Masters in public Health in 2008 from the Lagos State University (LASU). He also has a Certificate in Human Resource Management from UK.

Dr. Pitan is passionate about improving healthcare access and improving the quality of life of people, particularly in Africa.

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