Senior Medical Officer, Nigerian Health Ministry
Adaeze Oreh is a senior medical officer with the Nigerian Health Ministry, attached to the National Blood Transfusion Service. As a young doctor and new mother, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Although she emerged cancer free, Oreh embraced a new dedication to blood safety and universal health care, having seen many patients and their families struggle under the weight of health care bills as much as the medical diagnosis. Regularly volunteering in remote areas to provide basic health care services, Oreh’s main focus now is to advocate for more health care spending and more health care decision-making at the local level. She is a 2019 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.