Alex Ezeh is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). Professor Ezeh has guided APHRC to become one of Africa’s foremost regional research center addressing population, health and education issues. He also directs the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), an initiative to strengthen the training and retention of academics at African universities. He was a member of the recent Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and currently serves on the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Africa and co-chairs the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health in post-2015 world. He is an honorary professor of public health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and holds an honorary Doctor of Science from KCA University, Kenya, and a doctorate in demography from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Ezeh has published extensively in fields of population and reproductive health, urban health, research capacity strengthening, and other development issues in Africa. He serves on the Boards of several organizations including United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (Kuala Lumpur), Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (WHO, Geneva), International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), among others.
“Beyond climate change, the rate of population growth in Africa, rapid and unplanned urbanization, and inefficient agricultural systems are creating significant changes in land use and massive loss of biodiversity. The confluence of these forces, which are the main focus of Planetary Health, could easily undermine recent improvements in health and achievement of sustainable development in Africa”.