Dr Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey is current Vice President, Global, of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), providing strategic, technical, and operational leadership in Africa, Middle East and South East Asia regions. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey also serves as IHI’s Senior Technical Advisor, overseeing the Quality work portfolio under USAID’s new flagship health systems strengthening LHSS project in 52 priority countries. He is also IHI’s key contact on USAID’s MOMENTUM Country & Global Leadership (MCGL) Project, scheduled to reach 27 countries over five years. On LHSS & MCGL, he manages key relationships with prime applicants Abt Associates and Jhpiego respectively.
Sodzi previously served as the Senior Technical Director and Head of Africa, where he oversaw a suite of projects funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation among others, including in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, and Ghana. He also led Ghana’s Project Fives Alive! to deliver a large-scale quality improvement project in over 80% of public sector hospitals and 30% of Ghanaian sub districts, contributing to a 34% reduction in facility-based child deaths. He also supported the design of a large-scale improvement initiative in Ethiopia funded by the Gates Foundation. Additionally, he led IHI’s support to the Liberian health Ministry’s health system rebuilding efforts post Ebola under USAID funding.
A public health physician, trained Quality Improvement Advisor and a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare, Dr Sodzi also has many years of clinical and management experiences in frontline district medical practice. In the former roles, he has conducted high level trainings and short-term consultancies with a number of organizations in Saudi Arabia, India, Ethiopia, Liberia, Nigeria and in the United States working with a diverse group of organizations like the World Health Organization, Care India, Centre for Integrated Health Programmes, Nigeria, Kind Saud Medical City, Saudi Arabia etc.
Dr Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey is past Vice President of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), a 2017 Rockefeller Global Fellow for Social Innovation and currently chairs the Board of Nyaho Hospital, a thriving private hospital in Ghana with a 50-year track record. He also serves on the Board of Ubora Quality Institute and in 2020, became the first African to be elected unto the Board of the Ireland-based International Society for Quality in Healthcare. A visionary leader, skilled healthcare improver and articulate communicator, Sodzi is an advocate for social justice and regularly blogs on health and sociopolitical issues on his website www.sodzisodzitettey.com where he passionately advocates for “stronger systems, greater leaders, and better outcomes to spur Africa’s rebirth”. He is the recipient of GMA’s Special Commendation award for meritorious services to the medical profession and founder of the Centre for Social Justice, an Accra based think tank. www.csjghana.org