Dr Mary Dewan

African Public Health Leaders Fellow, Global Health Programme

Dr Mary Dewan


Dr Mary Dewan is a Public Health Physician with over 13 years experience in communicable and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). She is currently a Technical Officer working with WHO Nigeria on noncommunicable diseases/mental health/violence and injury prevention.

In her current role, she primarily supports the government to develop and implement priority NCD interventions. Some of these include supporting the development and implementation of the 2019-2025 National NCD Multisectoral Action Plan on NCDs, strengthening hypertension management at the Primary Healthcare level through the Resolve to Save Lives Program, and development of the National Tobacco Strategic Plan. She also recently co-facilitated a joint UN mission on NCDs and TB to Nigeria.

From 2010 to 2017, she was a Medical Officer with the Nigerian Ministry of Defence where she worked to provide care and support for Military personnel, their families and the surrounding communities.

Dr Dewan received her MBBS degree from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State and MSc, Public Health Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She has participated in several courses, trainings and meetings both locally and internationally. She was awarded the Shell Nigeria University Award from 2000 to 2006, was a 2014 Arthur Ashe and 2016 HIV Glasgow scholar.

Past experience

2017 - present World Health Organization Nigeria, National Professional Officer, Noncommunicable Diseases/Mental Health/Violence and Injury Prevention
2010-2017 Nigerian Ministry of Defence, Senior Medical Officer
2008-2009 Youth Corp Doctor, National Assembly Clinic, Abuja