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Francis Ayomoh


DPhil Student

Improving Task-shifting and task-sharing for the provision of essential healthcare services in Nigeria

Dr. Francis Ayomoh is a Public Health Physician funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK and the University of Oxford for a DPhil programme in Primary Health Care. His DPhil research topic is “Improving Task-shifting and task-sharing for the provision of essential healthcare services in Nigeria: A mixed-methods study”. His doctoral research will use mixed methods to examine the development, interpretation, and implementation of task-shifting policies in Nigeria to generate evidence to improve task-shifting for the provision of essential healthcare services and develop a framework for the implementation of task-shifting and task-sharing programmes. His doctoral research is being supervised by Associate Professor Sara Shaw, Dr. Gemma Hughes, and Professor Alan Silman.

His research interests include the development and interpretation of Health Policy, organization and delivery of Primary Care, Healthcare Financing, Health Economics, Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health, Universal Health Coverage, Non-communicable Diseases, and Disability.

He holds a Masters (Distinction) in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing jointly awarded by the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Jos. He received some Postgraduate training as a Resident Doctor in Internal Medicine and has over nine years of experience in Primary Health Care, Health Policy, and Health Financing across sub-Saharan Africa. 

Prior to commencing the DPhil programme, he worked as a Senior Medical Officer and Health Economist with the Department of Health Planning, Research, and Statistics at the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria.

He is a Mandela Washington Fellow and a recipient of various awards which include the Best Graduating Medical Student Award, Tony Elumelu Foundation Legacy Prize for Excellence in Medicine, and the prestigious Presidents National Honours NYSC Award from the Federal Government of Nigeria in recognition of his contributions towards improving the delivery of primary healthcare services in rural communities.