Global health and humanitarian organization, Project HOPE, announced Dr. Uche Ralph-Opara as its new Chief Health Officer. A seasoned medical doctor and global health expert, Dr. Ralph-Opara brings nearly two decades of experience leading and implementing impactful health programs worldwide.
“I am deeply honored to take on the responsibility of Project HOPE’s Chief Health Officer, particularly during this exciting phase of organizational growth and transformation. Having personally addressed and tackled global health challenges in Africa, Project HOPE’s unwavering commitment to expanding health access, promoting equity, and enhancing the quality of care resonates profoundly with me. I am eager to contribute to shaping and guiding our strategies for addressing health challenges across the globe.” She shared.
Dr. Ralph-Opara’s journey with Project HOPE began in 2021 as Country Director for Nigeria and Senior Advisor for a USAID-funded program supporting orphans and children affected by HIV/AIDS. She expanded Project HOPE’s reach in Nigeria, securing additional funding for projects addressing HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and non-communicable diseases.
Her exceptional leadership led to a promotion to Deputy Regional Director for West Africa, where she spearheaded technical and program development in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Demonstrating her unwavering commitment, Dr. Ralph-Opara relocated to Washington D.C. in 2022 and assumed the role of Deputy Chief Health Officer in June 2023.
Project HOPE’s CEO & President, Rabih Torbay, praised Dr. Ralph-Opara’s outstanding career: “Throughout her career, Dr. Ralph-Opara has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to locally led development, expanding health equity, and implementing lifesaving health programs. Project HOPE considers itself profoundly fortunate to have her as our new Chief Health Officer where she is already hard at work elevating our program implementation and expanding our panel of technical experts.”