Former health minister of Nigeria joins Duke Global Health Institute faculty

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

Starting this fall at Duke’s Global Health Institute, Muhammad Pate, the former minister of state for health of Nigeria, will serve as a visiting professor.

He stepped down as minister earlier this week, according to a DGHI news release. Pate was appointed as minister of state for health in 2011 and led the coordination and implementation of Nigeria’s primary health care system.

Pate also led efforts to expand vaccinations and access to health care services for women and children through 2015 through the “Saving One Million Lives" initiative, according to the release.

Pate is a graduate of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business and is a physician. He will develop and co-teach a course on Comparative Health Systems, offer guest lectures, mentor undergraduates in the new global health major, and participate in Duke’s Africa initiative.

“I am pleased and honored that Dr. Pate has chosen to come back to Duke to share his leadership and vast knowledge of global health with our students,” said Michael Merson, director of the Duke Global Health Institute, in a statement.  “During his tenure as minister of health, he has made significant advances in the quality and access of health services which has made a lasting impact in his native country.” 

Pate received his medical degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, and has graduate degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Duke University.

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