Commissioner: Olusoji Adeyi, , MD, MBA, DrPH

“It’s time for a shift in thinking and practice in pollution and control, to ensure lasting health gains on a large scale.”

Olusoji Adeyi, MD, MBA, DrPH, is the Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group (see bio below).


Why did you decide to join the Commission on Pollution + Health?  

For me, the key consideration was the use of evidence to understand the scale and distribution of pollution and its effects on health across populations, and to inform future policies at the global, regional, and country levels.

What impact will the work of the Commission have? 

It has the potential to positively shift the trajectory of policies and financing for pollution prevention and control programs.


Olusoji Adeyi, MD, MBA, DrPH, is the Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. He has served as the World Bank’s Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population in Eastern and Southern Africa, with responsibilities for the institution’s support for policies, strategies and programs in the sub-region. Dr. Adeyi was founding Director of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Formerly coordinator of public health programs at the World Bank, Dr. Adeyi led a number of initiatives on global public health policies and strategies, and analyses of the integration of health systems and health interventions. Dr. Adeyi has extensive experience in policies, strategies and programs for health systems, service delivery and disease control at the global, regional and country levels in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He has also had responsibilities with the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and Harvard School of Public Health. He has authored research papers and books on service delivery, quality of care, maternal health, health financing, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and chronic non-communicable diseases.


The Commission on Pollution and Health is an initiative of The Lancet, the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP), and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Commissioners include many of the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the fields of pollution management, environmental health and sustainable development.  

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