Head, Community Mobilisation Committee
Chibuike Amaechi is a professional social worker with over fourteen years field experience in health programs and over eight years’ experience in global health advocacy, resource mobilization, program policy planning and strategy development. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in biochemistry, a post-graduate diploma in social work, and a M.Sc. in social work with focus in healthcare.
Chibuike is a WHO trained consultant on TB/HIV co- infection and TB ENGAGE Approach, a constituent representative of Developing NGOs in the Stop TB Board, Geneva, was a civil society representative in the coordinating committee of scientific activities in the union world conference on lung health, was a member of the international task force that facilitated the formation of the Nigeria Stop TB Partnership, was a member of Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board, a member of Community Support Delegation to UNITAID Board and Co – initiator of the Africa Coalition on TB.
He has led his organisation to execute social innovative project in the area of access to treatment for TB patients in urban slums of Lagos. This project was listed among the one hundred social innovations of accesses to treatment in a global competition organized by Tropical Disease Research (TDR) Cape Town, South Africa in collaboration with WHO, Geneva. He is the chief executive officer in The Good Neighbour, a non – governmental organisation in Nigeria and a practicing consultant
Abimbola Katherine Amosun
Chairperson, Public Communication Committee
Abimbola Katherine Amosun, Nigerian, Female, born on the 3rd of May, 1969. A journalist with over ten years practical working experience.
Abimbola possesses a hardworking and determining spirit, imbibed with good communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and has the ability to interact with, and support effective partnership at all levels.
She is endowed with the drive and passion for excellence; and possesses the disposition needed for teamwork.
Head, Publications Unit and the Editor of NHVMAS ECHOES
Olanrewaju Onigbogi holds a medical degree from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kuopio, Finland. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the National Post-graduate Medical College of Nigeria with many publications in the field of Epidemiology and Health Policy in local and international scientific journals. He has been actively involved in the field of public health in Nigeria over the past decade and has served in various committees and reference groups . He is presently on the Faculty of the Department of Community Health and Primary Care, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Zonal Coordinator, South-East Nigeria
Ijeoma Nnaji is a public health nurse, advocate working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Enugu, Nigeria. The South East Coordinator of NHVMAS. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Education Treatment and Care. She has attended various workshops and conferences in an out of Nigeria. She has equally written several abstracts accepted within and outside Nigeria. She has been part of development of policy documents in HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. She mentors so many NGOs and CBOs in Enugu and Ebonyi State. She is the founder of the fore most HIV/AIDS service organization Lifeline Plus Foundation, Enugu. The organization that organized the first open Air disclosure of positive people in Enugu under the watchful eyes of the law makers that led to the support of Enugu house of Assembly to pass the anti-discrimination law. She has also established Brave Heart organisation, a support group for Children living with HIV/AIDS.
Zonal Coordinator, North-West Nigeria
Dr Charles Ukauwa is a public health practitioner with over 10 years practice. He his currently the M&E specialist of Public Enlightenment Projects (pep), a national non governmental organization. He served as the RH/HIC and AIDS coordinator of PEP. He his currently the public relations officer of the Association for Orphan and Vulnerable Children NGOS of Nigeria and a consultant to UNICEF/ARFH/NYSC under the national reproductive health and HIV care and support program.
Head, Scientific Committee
Dr. Oliver Ezechi is a trained Obstetrician and Gynecologist and presently a Chief Research fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Lagos where he has made significant contribution towards strengthening the quality of care and research in the area of sexual and reproductive health and right including HIV/AIDS. HIV treatment clinician, rape crisis expert and a WHO/TDR acredited clincial trial monitor; being engaged with multiple trial monitoring in Africa for WHO. He is also a Microbicide and HIV research advocate and spent a significant part of his time building capacity in areas of ethics of clinical research.
Head, Ethics, Law and Human Rights Committee
Dr Chidi Nweneka is a Clinical Scientist, Advocacy Expert, and Strategist with research interests in antimicrobial resistance, HIV and malaria. He holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of London and a PhD degree in Child Health and Human Nutrition from the University of Glasgow, specializing in micronutrient modulation of infectious diseases. He is currently the Deputy Director, Policy and Strategy Department, and Head of the Strategy and Planning Division of the National Agency for The Control of AIDS, Nigeria. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director Public Health Programs and Policy (and the PEPFAR Lead) for the US Department of Defense Walter Reed Program, Nigeria. He was also the Executive Director of the African AIDS Vaccine Partnership. He served as a member of the Civil Society Working Group for the Microbicide Development Strategy (2006 -2007) and a member of the Scientific Review Committee – HIV Microbicides for the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership. He leads the Ethics Committee of NHVMAS
Zonal Coordinator, North-East Nigeria
He was born on Tuesday, the 11th day of January, 1977 to the family of Chief and Mrs. Raphael C.N Okonkwo of Awka-North LGA in Anambra state, Nigeria. An HIV/AIDS Consultant and a Laboratory Technologist by training, Chukwuma Okonkwo has equally obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Epidemiology and Control of Communicable Diseases from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi state, Nigeria in 2007. He is a recipient of the NYSC “State Honorary Award” after his National service in Zamfara state in 2005 and a recipient of the USAID/John Hopkins School of public Health Award of “Meritorious Achievement in Global Health” from the Global Health e-Learning Programme in 2008. Fondly called “Chuks” by friends and colleagues, Mr. Okonkwo is presently a UNICEF Master Trainer on Youth Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS programmes; A member of the Ethics, Law and Human Rights Committee of Nigeria HIV Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Society (NHVMAS) and the Activity Coordinator of NHVMAS in the North Eastern geopolitical zone of Nigeria.