Bailah Leigh, is a qualified German trained Medical Physician and Specialist Obstetrician/Gynaecologist with wide experience in management of reproductive, maternal & child health and immunization programmes in Africa. He has formulated policy and strategy at national levels for reproductive health, maternal & child health, Immunization (EPI) and HIV & AIDS control. Bailah Leigh has over 10 years experience as Director of Maternal & Child Health and National Programme Manager, of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Sierra Leone and some 20 years experience in Government in Sierra Leone as Deputy Minister, and Minister of Health, the professional Head of the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs, and the Head of the University of Sierra Leone’s Department of Community Health in the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS).
His unsolicited appointment as Minister of Health in a military government exposed him to a wave of experiences and problems which formed the basis for his “Dilemma of Freetown”
He has several years consulting experience with DFID, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, The Regional Prevention of Maternal Mortality (RPMM) Network Programme, World Bank and various NGOs. Bailah Leigh was a Team Leader of the Prevention of Maternal Mortality (PMM) Network, Sierra Leone and Founding member, of the Sierra Leone Prevention of Maternal Mortality Association.
Bailah Leigh worked long term as Maternal & Neonatal Health Technical Adviser providing Technical Assistance to Ministry of Health, Malawi. In this capacity he gained the confidence and trust of, and established good rapport with the Ministry of Health promoting the adoption of innovative approaches to the prevention and reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Malawi. This included a paradigm shift from traditional approaches to new ones of focusing on Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) services and use of skilled attendants during pregnancy and childbirth. He coordinated, among others, the development of Malawi National Road Map for accelerating the reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in Malawi and facilitated the Launch of that Road Map.
At the end of his tenure in Malawi, he returned home to Sierra Leone. He continued his work at the University of Sierra Leone, where he became the Head of the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) in the capacity of Acting Provost for a period of one year. Now, as Associate Professor, he is still the Head of the University of Sierra Leone’s Department of Community Health in the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS).