Bashar Abubakar is a global health professional with more than eight years experience spanning clinical practice, program management, communications, advocacy, research and stakeholder engagement. He has worked with many global health organisations in Africa, including Nigeria Health Watch, EpiAFRIC, EHA Clinics and Project HOPE, working on projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MSD for Mothers, ChristianAid and Resolve To Save Lives among others. He was most recently the Program Manager of the Nigeria Hypertension Control Initiative where he led the team that designed and implemented the take-off of phase two of the project. He was also a Program Manager on the Reaching Everyone with Affordable Community Health (REACH) program at EHA Clinics in Nigeria.
Bashar worked for more than four years as a Health Journalist with Nigeria Health Watch, where he authored more than 80 published articles on healthcare access and delivery on the African continent, in addition to editing numerous articles. He was also the pioneer Community Engagement Manager with the organisation, under which he initiated, designed, set up and managed the Community Health Watch project that monitors and reports on primary healthcare access and delivery in communities across Nigeria. Bashar is the most indexed African journalist on the global Solutions Journalism Tracker housed by the Solutions Journalism Network. He has managed and moderated several town hall and stakeholder engagement meetings, policy dialogues and webinars in Nigeria. He has also led/co-led several research and assessment projects in Nigeria and the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Bashar holds a Master of Science in Global Health Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Gulf Medical University Ajman, United Arab Emirates. He is passionate about health equity and social justice.