I work as a clinician with the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex where I train both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I continue to be a resource for the institution as I regularly provide update information on HIV prevention, treatment and cure research to students and colleagues through the multiple educational fora open to me at the institution.
For the institution, I serve as the Deputy Director of the College of Health Sciences Research & Partnership Advancement (CoRPA) Unit and the Head of the Research and Innovative Support Unit where I am responsible for sourcing and managing new grant and partnerships for the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Specifically, I am expected to work with the units of the office to build research capacity among staff through training and mentoring programmes in research methodology, grantsmanship, ethical scientific publications, and research/grant management, to improve availability of resources for teaching/training and research, to advance the alumni relations efforts of the College and to build new and maintain existing partnership and stakeholders’ relations. Also, as the head of the Health Professions Development Unit of the Institute of Public Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, I am responsible for the design, implementation and sourcing of funds to support short courses that builds the capacity of health care professionals in Nigeria. This includes establishing international collaborative capacity building partnership schemes between the Institute and other research institutes in both the Global South and Global North. I am also currently working on starting a Global Health Initiative Programme at the Institute. I have worked for the field of HIV and AIDS research, capacity building and advocacy over the last 18 years with my work spanning over Nigeria, Africa and internationally. This includes efforts at building local and international capacity to address community involvement in HIV prevention research including my past work with the Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) as the Community Liaison, and my current role with the Nigeria Canada AIDS Vaccine (NICCAV) Research Project in Nigeria and the national feasibility study on the use of PrEP as part of the combination prevention tool for serodiscordant couples in Nigeria. Locally, I have worked extensively to build local capacity for CSOs, communities, academia and Health Research Ethics Committees to engage with HIV prevention research thorough the design and implementation of bioethics and research literacy trainings.
My work in the community brings me directly in contact with Key Affected Populations. This include my 12 years work on research literacy through Coordination of Programmes for the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society, my participation as the leads consultant for MARPs during the 2013 evaluation of the global fund supported interventions to HIV & AIDS response in Nigeria, the 2013 project on Improving MARPs Programming in Nigeria: Focus on Female Sex workers and Men Having Sex with Men, and served as technical support for Key Affected Populations, the 2014 GFATM Concept Note I also served as the consultant to develop the Peer educators training manual for Key Affected Populations.
I have expertise in leadership training and mentorship. I can design and conduct both qualitative and quantitative research. I also have skills to train and build skills of researchers and laypersons on bioethics having designed and implemented multiple training courses for ethics committees, community members. One of my greatest achievement is designing a competency building curriculum for laypersons on ethics committees from scratch. I have been conducting training on bioethics since 2008 and have published manuscripts that addresses concerns, the ‘why’ and ‘how’ to ethically engage community members in research. Target populations I had focused on include adolescents and key populations. My research focus areas are early childhood caries, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, community engagement in HIV prevention research and ebola research. My current research programme is targeted at elimination of early childhood cares in Ile-Ife Central Local Government Area, and to designed and integrated approach to management of adolescents’ sexual, reproductive, mental and oral health.
I have also conducted several Monitoring and evaluations project within and outside Nigeria. This includes the 2010 impact evaluation of the African Regional capacity building Network for HIVand AIDS prevention, treatment and care project (ARCAN) in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia; the 2011 impact assessment of the Safer Abortion Action Fund; the 2011 joint annual review, the 2013 midterm and annual review, and the 2015 end of term review of the of the Nigeria HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan; 2012 the 2013 midterm review of the World Bank HIV project in Nigeria; the 2013 midterm report of the national achievement on the UNAIDS ten target; the 2015 Mid-Term Evaluation of the SHiPS for MARPs USAID Project in Nigeria, and the 2015 end of term review for the Nigeria National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan.
I have participated in several agenda‐setting initiatives relating to biomedical HIV prevention technology research and ethics issues internationally, including serving as temporary Adviser to the WHO and UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva on several occasions. I was a member of the adhoc Technical Working Group of the Africa AIDS Vaccine Programme (AAVP), the Chair of the AAVP Community Engagement Programme Think Tank and as members of the committees for the biennial Microbicide Conference, the AIDS2031 Science and Technology Working Group Member and the African AIDS Vaccine Programme forum. I currently serve as a member of the National HIV Prevention Technical Working Group, the National HIV Research Reference Group, the National Biomedical HIV Prevention Working Group, the national Global Fund HIV Operations Research Subcommittee, the CROI Community Subcommittee, the Programme Organizing Committee of the Research for Prevention Conference, Track C Committee member of the 2016 IAS Conference, and the Chair of the ICASA 2015 Community Programmes Committee.
I have worked as a consultant to national and international development agencies, including ITAD, Mitchells Group, UNICEF, Society for Family Health, NACA, Population Council, WHO and UNAIDS on several of these projects. I have worked in a number of Africa countries including Kenya, Bostwana and Malawi.