Mustapha Jibril is Commissioner for Health in the Niger state of Nigeria, making him responsible for the health of around five million people. Here he discusses his country’s work to develop a health insurance scheme, emphasising the challenge posed by accounting for the large informal sector.
Dr Mustapha Mohammed Jibril is Nigeria’s Commissioner for Health. He holds training and Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Medicine, International Affairs and Diplomacy, and Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Ahmadu Bello University, and the University of Leeds. He has consistently spearheaded the expansion of essential health care services to reach marginalised and underserved populations across Nigeria, coordinating: the successful deworming of over 32 million children; the targeted distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets to more than 6 million households; the training of over 2,500 primary healthcare workers; planned preventive maintenance of hospital equipment; integrated supportive supervision; the development of the first ever state-led health restoration agenda (Niger Health 1.0); and seeing to the increase in health worker recruitment, pay package and retention. He worked at the UN as a Consultant Health Specialist with UNICEF, initiated a 4-year partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen primary health care functions in Niger State, was part of the second USAID/World Bank global UHC financing forum, and served on the global panel of experts on Learning for Action Across Health Systems in low-income countries. Dr Jibril is driven by the passion and commitment to impact positively on the lives of socially disadvantaged populations. He is married to Dr. Amina Aminu who is also a medical doctor and a global public health leader, and they are blessed with three children.