Nelly Wakaba

Country Engagement and Support Director

Nelly Wakaba is a public health enthusiast whose experience spans across civil service, NGOs and private sectors. Nelly is a global health leader with a passion for sustainable healthcare that ensures access to care, especially in developing countries, which she believes that strategic partnerships and innovative financing are key to make access to care a reality

Nelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a post graduate diploma in Project Management and is completing her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Liverpool

Nelly has worked across different sectors- from working as a Clinical and Community nurse in a district hospital in Kenya and engaging communities through outreaches, to running Global Fund TB programs across 20 districts in Kenya and base of the pyramid Diabetes programs in many Faith Based Hospitals in Kenya

She later moved to private sector and joined Novo Nordisk, a global health leader in diabetes as the Changing Diabetes in Children Program Manager. This is a Public Private Partnership whose objective is to ensure access to care for children with Type 1 diabetes. Nelly was responsible for 9 countries across East and West Africa where she constantly engaged with Ministries of Health, Civil Societies and key opinion leaders to run the program in these countries for the last 3 years

She is particularly passionate about developing innovative strategies towards sustainable healthcare in Africa through innovative financing and driving universal health coverage through stakeholder engagement and partnership

She joins the Financing Alliance for Health as the Country Engagement and Support Director, to engage governments and other key stakeholders, facilitating investments in building resilient and sustainably financed health systems. She believes that this is a pathway for “health for all” becoming a reality in our lifetime