Benjamin Ogbalor (1963)
Patient Advocate and President
WHO AM I
I am a Patient Advocate of Partnership for Eradication in Africa (PECA) since February 5, 2013 when we launched PECA with the support of 52 organizations drawn from the public, private and CSO sector including the Nigeria Federal Ministry of Health, Inspired2live-Netherlands, JM Foundation Kenya, Nigeria Medical Association, Nigeria Cancer Society, MTN Nigeria, DAAR Communication, Initiative for Community Development, Breast Without Spot, NGO Unit of the Office of the Senate President; University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH); Bone Marrow Registry Nigeria (BMRN) and the Diplomatic Community. PECA is thus a partnership of several groups and organisations to use synergy to reduce and eliminate cancer from the continent of Africa starting with Nigeria. I facilitated this partnership; serve as the President and work with the CEO and other Trustees to realise the object of PECA.
No doubt incidence of cancer in Nigeria and Africa is on the increase, but the dearth of resources in Africa have constrained effective management of the cancer scourge. PECA under my leadership is using partnerships and synergy to increase results since isolated effort by Key stakeholders have given little results. We are pushing for One Plan jointly implemented by stakeholders to improve results for the fight against cancer in Nigeria and Africa.
My focus is building synergy, and getting stakeholders to work together to harness scarce resources against cancer. I have a Master’s Degree and am a partnership broker and served in the private and public sector. I work with our team emphasizing resource mobilization, capacity building for stakeholders and implementation of cost effective programmes against cancer such as immunization and early detection techniques to reduce cost and increase effectiveness.