Muhammad Ali Pate

Former Minister of State for Health,
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is currently visiting professor at the Duke Global Health Institute. He most recently served as Minister of State for Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from July 2011 to July 2013. He also served as member of the President’s Economic Management Team. During his tenure, he led the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication in Nigeria and developed an innovative results-based initiative (Save One Million Lives) from preventable mortality by reviving the primary health care system. He is also the Co-Chair of the Private Sector Health Alliance in Nigeria.

Prior to his ministerial appointment, he served as the Chief Executive of Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) from 2008 to 2011. Pate pioneered innovative strategies and interventions to address Nigeria’s major primary health care issues, including the Midwives Service Scheme for redistributing human resources to underserved areas and the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme for Maternal and Child Health, which includes a conditional cash transfer scheme.

Pate spent several years at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, which included serving as the Senior Health Specialist and Human Development Sector Coordinator in the East Asia Pacific region and also as a Senior Health Specialist in the African region.

Pate is an American Board Certified MD in Internal Medicine. He trained in the sub-specialty of Infectious Diseases at the University of Rochester and holds an MBA from Duke University and a Master’s Degree in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He graduated with a medical degree from the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria in 1990.