Dr. Sa’adatu Talatu Sule, MBBS, MPH, FWACS
Reproductive, Maternal & Newborn Child & Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Lead
Sa'adatu a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with postgraduate certification in public health has over 25 years work experience in reproductive health. She began her career working as a lecturer, clinician, and researcher at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria where she worked for over 14 years in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before leaving as a Senior Lecturer to development work.
Sa'adatu at various times worked with Ipas, Jhpiego, Marie Stopes, UNFPA and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) on reproductive, maternal & newborn child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH). As a Consultant, Sa'adatu has been involved in various reproductive health assignments and missions including curriculum development, training, operations research, and evaluation of programmes implemented by various organisations including UNFPA, Palladium, GH Pro/USAID, and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Nigeria.
Sa'adatu has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research in RMNCAH, and has worked on various aspects of RMNCAH including post-abortion care, family planning, emergency obstetric and newborn care, antenatal, postnatal care, and adolescent health. She is also involved in RMNCAH policy, advocacy, and community activities including gender issues relating to RMNCAH. Sa'adatu worked with both government and non-governmental donor agencies including USAID, DFID, Macarthur Foundation, Packard Foundation, ExxonMobil, CDC, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and UNFPA.
Sa'adatu has worked in various settings across all the geo-political zones in Nigeria and has also undertaken mission assignments to Ethiopia and Sierra Leone.
Dr. John Collins, MBBS, FWAP (Paed.) MSc(Clinical Trop. Med.)
Collins is a Consultant Paediatrician with over 10years experience in paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. He has done extensive work in malaria in Pregnancy. His previous works also include “Factors Associated with mortality in severely asphyxiated babies”; “Pattern of acute respiratory infections in hospitalised children under five years of age”; “Influence of nursing mother’s knowledge of breastfeeding benefits on breastfeeding practices”; “Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia in children”; “Leptin and anthropometric indices in sickle cell anaemia patients”; “Plasmodium falciparum infection among neonates in the North-central Nigeria”; “Nutritional status and intestinal parasites among children”; “Nutritional status and morbidity in children 0-5years”.
Collins previously worked as Consultant to Plateau State, Niger State, Bauchi State in Nigeria; the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Oxford Policy Management & the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID)
Collins is a Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics and has over 30 publications to his credit.
Dr. Wasiu Afolabi, PhD Human Nutrition
Afolabi has over 25 years’ experience teaching, implementing and researching human nutrition and dietetics programmes. He was once the Deputy Dean, College of Food Science & Human Ecology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
Afolabi worked as the Senior Programme Officer for Nutrition on the USAID-funded COMPASS project, provided technical assistance in the implementation of Gender Informed Nutrition and Agriculture (GINA) in Northern Nigeria, and was the Nigeria Country Programme Coordinator for Infant and Young Child Nutrition Project - with responsibility for planning and coordinating of intervention projects including operations research on infant and young child feeding, infant feeding in the context of HIV/AIDS, and nutrition governance.
Afolabi served as a consultant to the World Bank on Community Based Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health Projects in Nigeria; USAID-funded BASICS II project on documentation of Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) with responsibility to conduct quantitative and qualitative study of women, health workers, community stakeholders and policy makers. He was a Consultant to Helen Keller International monitoring and supervising maternal newborn child health week (MNCHW) in Nigeria, and served as consultant to PATH providing technical support to Government of Nigeria to review the National Policy on Food and Nutrition. He was also a Consultant on the DFID-funded Nutrition Research in Northern Nigeria (ORIE) project.
Afolabi served variously as the Public Relation Officer, Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Chairman Ogun State Chapter of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria and is currently the Vice President (South) Nutrition Society of Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria. Dr. Afolabi has over 40 publications and journal articles on human nutrition to his credit.
Dr. Ibrahim Yisa, MBBS, MPH, MWACP
Yisa is a Public Health Physician with over 30 years’ experience in health system strengthening, health sector governance and health system management, with a thorough knowledge of immunization service delivery system, cold chain management and disease surveillance.
Yisa was the Director of Operations for the EU-Prime Immunization Support Project in 23 focal states in Nigeria; and a member of the team that developed Nigeria country proposals to assess GAVI funds for injection safety and health system support.
Working as a Consultant for EPOS of Germany, Yisa conducted a study commissioned to estimate the cost to fully immunize a child in Nigeria and to explore options for sustainable immunization financing in EU supported States. As the Immunization Expert and Head of Operations of the EU-PRIME Project, he coordinated the training, social mobilization activities, change agent programme, logistics, monitoring & evaluation of the project.
Yisa provided technical support for the development of annual immunization plans at sub-national levels in Nigeria, monitoring and supervising activities, including services delivery at fixed and outreach posts across the different geopolitical zones in Nigeria
Yisa provides effective leadership in the M&E design and development of instruments for measuring progress and projects’ performance, as well as providing strategic leadership and direction for the implementation of the health management information system (HMIS).
Dr. Ruth Adah Ewule-Otelahu, MBBS, FMNC(Paed.)
R uth is a Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in dermatology, nutrition, immunization and research. Ruth previously worked as a Consultant providing support to several Nigerian States to implement Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Weeks (MNCHW); Infant & Young Child (IYCF) programming & Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM). Ruth was a member of the team that developed the ward minimum health package; and trained healthcare workers on integrated delivery of comprehensive primary healthcare services.
Her previous works include “ Intelligence and its Association with Nutritional Status in Primary School Pupils” and “Profile of Pediatric Skin disorders in tertiary institutions in North-central Nigeria”
Ruth worked as a Consultant to Oxford Policy Management & the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and collaborated with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on the Nutrition Research in Northern Nigeria (ORIE) project.
Dr. Rasidi Okunola, PhD Sociology
(Social Policy Consultant)
Okunola has over 20 years’ experience in social policy, economic empowerment programming and gender inclusion. He was a Project Manager for the USAID-funded Gender Informed Nutrition and Agriculture (GINA) Project, a Consultant to the DFID-funded Nutrition Research in Northern Nigeria Project, and also worked on UNDP and World Bank-funded social inclusion interventions. He was a methodology Consultant on the Monitoring Reproductive Health Projects in Northern Nigeria; and has implemented various projects and surveys including:
• The popular participation and economic empowerment training of women groups in food processing for income generation
• NGO/CBOs participation in child survival, protection & development programme.
• Capacity building of NGOs for poverty reduction and nutritional improvement in Nigeria.
• Socio-cultural and economic determinants of the value of children.
• Success stories on sustainable livelihoods in Nigeria.
• Social assessment of micro-watershed and environmental management programme.
• Male knowledge, attitude & practice (KAP) on contraceptives in Nigeria and the implementation of adolescent reproductive health education in Nigerian schools.
Okunola has over 70 books and journal articles to his credit and he is a member of the Nigeria Anthropological and Sociological Association.
Olanrewaju Jerry-Ijishakin, B.Pharm, MPH
(Health Commodities Logistics Consultant)
Olarenwaju has over five years’ experience in drugs & health commodities logistics; inventory & supply chain management; pharmaceutical & health commodities procurement, warehousing & distribution; supply chain gap analysis; overseeing quality assurance systems; pharmaceutical counselling; and ensuring the maintenance of Good Pharmaceutical Practice (GPP) and standards.
Olanrewaju previously worked as the Senior Program Officer, Pharmaceutical Services with the Society for Family Health, Nigeria on a USAID-funded HIV/AIDS project; Technical Officer, Pharmaceutical Services with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria on the PEPFAR-funded Equitable Health Access Initiative; Superintendent Pharmacist with Jonik Pharmacy & Stores Limited; and Hospital Pharmacist with General Hospital, Suleja, Nigeria.
Tochukwu Odele, MPA
Tochukwu has over twelve years of professional experience in international development working with the UN system and INGOs variously as a Consultant, Researcher & Trainer.
Tochukwu has substantial experience in HIV&AIDS response,reproductive health, gender mainstreaming and agricultural livelihoods programming; with unique strength in strategic planning, capacity development and evaluation.
Before joining the team, Tochukwu was a National Programme Analyst for UNFPA; Programme Officer, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning for Oxfam GB; and thereafter worked as a Consultant to the Palladium Group, Action Health Incorporated and the Institute of Reproductive Health, Georgetown University.
Tochukwu is an experienced manager of large cross sectoral teams with timely and high quality results delivery. She is also a workshop facilitator with special skill in the use of participatory learning and action methods.
Dr. Kazeem Lasisi, PhD Statistics
Kazeem has over 12 years’ experience implementing large qualitative and quantitative surveys.
Kazeem is an accomplished data analyst and a master trainer on SPSS, STATA and NVivo for data analysis. Dr. Kazeem was at various times a Consultant to UNICEF’s health, nutrition and WASH sections; USAID’s education section; ACF and OPM nutrition portfolios.
Azara Abubakar RN, BL, LLB, PGD
Azara has over 30 years’ experience working in the health facility and community based development interventions in Northern Nigeria.
Azara was a Health Educator with the AIDS Prevention in Nigeria (APIN) project and also served as Project Manager of World Bank HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project for Nasarawa State; and a Federal Government delegation to India on technical exchange programme on enhanced prevention of HIV/AIDS
an educator on malnutrition prevention messaging and promoting good Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practises from religious perspectives; and Federal Ministry of Health Master Trainer on lactation management.
Azara is a nutrition champion in Nigeria and a member of the Nasarawa State Food & Nutrition Committee.
Funmi Anjorin, M.Sc
Funmi is a Programme Associate with expertise in nutrition and health improvement initiatives.
Funmi was a Consultant to Oxford Policy Management on nutrition; UNICEF on MNCHW, as well as Society for Family health where she worked as a researcher.
Funmi’s expertise includes quantitative and qualitative health and nutrition survey, field data collection and analysis.
She is a passionate researcher, member of the Association of Clinical Chemists of Nigeria (ACCN) and the International Federation of Clinical Chemists (IFCC).
Babatunde Amoo, M.Sc (Epidemiology and Medical Statistics)
Babatunde is a professional with experience in public health research, program support, data analysis and health information systems.
Previously Babatunde worked as a Data Management Consultant to Marie Stopes International; and a High School Teacher. He holds a certificate of completion in Global Health – Immunization; Human Resources for Health; and Monitoring & Evaluation Essentials.
Damilola Ahonsi, B.Sc Public Health, MPH (In View)
Damilola is a motivated and enthusiastic Public Health Practitioner with significant experience that spans over 2 years in the areas of experienced in project planning, coordination & implementation. Damilola excels at developing and maintaining good relationships with donor agencies, project stakeholders and partners.
Onyinye Ogbedi, B.Pharm
(Pharmaceutical Logistics Associate)
Onyinye is a registered Pharmacist with experience in pharmaceutical quantification, procurement, supply chain management and quality control.
She previously worked with Eko Hospital, Randle General Hospital, and Drug Supremacy Pharmacy. Onyinye has over 4years experience in pharmaceutical counselling, stocks control and monitoring.
Dr. Aminu Abubakar MD, CCNA
Aminu has over 17years experience in database development, health systems strengthening and ehealth.
Aminu previously worked as the Deputy Director, Technical Services (DDTS) for the DFID-funded Strengthening Nigeria’s Response to HIV & AIDS (SNR) programme and Associate Director Monitoring & Evaluation for the USAID-funded Global HIV/AIDS Initiative in Nigeria (GHAIN) project
Aminu was a Consultant to the DFID-funded Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH2) Programme, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, Oxford Policy Management, The World Bank, Palladium Group, the Federal Ministry of Education in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis (GFTAM).
Aminu’s areas of expertise include monitoring & evaluation, curriculum development, training and Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI)
Aminu is an expert on database development, systems integration and web design.