Dr. Uche Ralph-Opara is a medical doctor, public health, and program development expert with over 17 years’ experience working on health and development projects spanning from infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS care and treatment), Maternal Newborn and Child Health, OVC and Nutrition programs. She joined Project HOPE in January 2021 as Country Representative for Nigeria and Senior Advisor for Systems Strengthening on a USAID-funded OVC project. Uche has, in the last few years, supported program development efforts in Nigeria which have resulted in expanding HOPE’s footprint in Nigeria to include 3 additional donor-funded projects across HIV/AIDS, MNCH and NCD portfolios. Uche moved into the role of Project HOPE’s Deputy regional director for Africa, where she oversaw the West Africa portfolio including Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria where she oversaw program development and operations. Uche is currently the Deputy Chief Health Officer.