PCI appoints Steve Murigi as new CEO

We are delighted to announce that the Board of Primary Care International (PCI) has appointed Steve Murigi as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Steve is a public health leader and advocate of inclusive, adaptive, localised and people-centred development practice, with extensive experience in international development across Africa and Europe. Over the years, he has worked across senior communication, advocacy, partnerships, and programme disciplines to drive organisational growth.

Currently Head of Programmes and Strategic Partnerships at Amref Health Africa UK, Steve has a proven track record of mobilising resources and delivering high-worth, high-impact health programmes and partnerships, engaging civil society, private sector and government, to increase the breadth and depth of Amref Health Africa’s work.

His experience, skills and passion, and in particular his uncompromising dedication to equitable access to health, make Steve the ideal person to take forward PCI’s work strengthening primary healthcare globally.

Dorcas Gwata, Chair of the Board, says: “We are thrilled and honoured to have Steve join us at the PCI family. The Board and PCI family were tremendously impressed by Steve’s depth, leadership, innovation and vision for PCI’s growth. His wealth of global and public health experience, passion for inclusive primary health care strategies and communities stood out. We are thrilled to soon be working with Steve as PCI strives for greater global outcomes that impact on communities and health care systems.”

Steve will be leading PCI to achieve its ambitions of reaching 25,000 healthworkers globally by 2025 – with a focus on developing a new generation of healthcare leaders who are passionate about the power of primary healthcare to improve health outcomes. He will also be driving forward our partnerships for the wider transformation of primary healthcare systems, with a focus on quality, resilience and equity.

Of his appointment, Steve says “I am excited to be part of the growth of PCI – a leader in strengthening primary health care and an authority in addressing NCDs in low-resource and challenging settings, globally. Growing up with my grandmother in rural Kenya in the ’80s, I experienced first-hand the devastating impact of an under-resourced health system. So the stirring started early for me. This is what drove me to the sector. Like others, I wanted to make a difference, and I am glad that I continue to have the opportunity to do so. And in a way that is ethical and dignifying to those communities that need this transformation the most.”

Steve will be joining PCI in January 2023. Please contact Ros Kirkland (PCI’s Head of Programmes and interim CEO) with any queries.