Babatunde Fakunle – National Geographic Society Newsroom
Babatunde Fakunle is committed to improving the quality of healthcare in Nigeria and Africa and to making it affordable and accessible to all.“Tunde”, as he is known to friends and colleagues, is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit startup Centre for Sustainable Access to Health in Africa, which has a mission to promote and facilitate universal health care and poverty alleviation across the continent. He is also an advisory board member of Purple Source, a private organization focused on transforming sub-Sahara society by creating fully integrated affordable world-class health services for everyone.Dr Fakunle holds an MBBS from The University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (Faculty of Paediatrics). He is a member of the Paediatric Association of Nigeria and former Secretary General of the Association. He obtained a post-graduate diploma in Public Health from University of London and is an honorary member of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria.He attended health management and related courses and training at Tropical Institute in Basel, Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, the World Bank Institute in Washington, D.C., Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, Galilee International Management Institute in Israel, and other management and leadership programs in Nigeria and abroad. He has presented papers in the areas of strategic health communication, health systems strengthening, HIV/AIDS, malaria, immunization, and sustainable health financing at local, national and international conferences. He is a sole and joint author of several research works published in peer-review journals.Dr. Fakunle has practiced as a paediatrician in prestigious public and private hospitals in Nigeria including the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Providence Hospital for Women and Children, Lagos, First Consultants Medical Centre, Lagos, and Shell Industrial Area Hospital, Port Harcourt.He is happily married to Tunmise and the union is blessed with three wonderful daughters.