Tonte IbrayeHealth Rights Activist, Political & Development Scientist
Tonte Ibraye has more than 15 years’ experience in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health advocacy and improving the welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS and children orphaned by AIDS. Over the last decade, he has led White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria to successfully advocate for the introduction, approval and implementation of the policy on Respectful Maternity Care (RMC) . Under his leadership, WRA Nigeria has successfully pushed for the approval of three policies to improve maternal health in Nigeria. This includes increasing access to family planning, maternal death surveillance and reviews, and respectful maternity care. He also led WRA Nigeria to join in the call for passing the National Health Bill, which became law in 2014. Tonte had served as the executive director of Live for Tomorrow, and between 2005 and 2008 was rivers state coordinator for the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN). During that time, he pushed for the Rivers State Action Committee on AIDS to be transformed into the Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS (RiVSACA) through legislation passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly. In the private sector , he has founded organisations and served as CEO of some start-ups. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the National Reproductive Health Working Group, and co-chaired the Civil Society Consultative Group for Health Finance in Nigeria. He holds a BA (Political Science) and has professional certifications in public health and project management. Tonte is a Senior Fellow of the Academy of Public Health of the West African Institute of Public Health (FAPH).