Dr. Mbachu graduated from medical school in August, 2004 and joined University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in 2008 to undertake a fellowship training programme in community health. She became a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP) in Community Health in 2013 and practiced as a consultant Community Health physician for 3 years at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki. She taught health management and primary health care modules to undergraduate medical students in Ebonyi state University as a part-time lecturer for two and half years after which she was appointed a Senior lecturer in the Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine University of Nigeria Enugu campus.
Her early career contributions have focused on applying knowledge and skills in building the field of health policy and systems research in Nigeria and building the capacity of policy makers and practitioners in the use of evidence for policymaking and practice. She has also spent considerable amount of time training undergraduate and postgraduate medical doctors in community health. She participated in developing the curriculum for “Introduction to health policy and systems research” and “Introduction to Complex Health Systems” available on the CHEPSAA website www.hpsa-africa.com
Her main research interests on health systems governance and accountability; analysis of health policies, plans and strategies; political economy analysis of health reforms; health services research including evaluation of malaria control interventions; and getting research evidence into policy and practice. She is currently a member of the following national and international professional associations: Association of Public Health Physicians in Nigeria; West African Emerging HPS Research and Practice Network (WANEL); RESYST Consortium; Health Systems Global; and Collaboration for Health Policy and Systems Analysis in Africa.