Key Achievements

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Post Held: WHO Health Emergency Team Lead

Location: Damascus, Syria

Dates: May 01, 2019 – 30 April 2021

  • Conducted biweekly technical team meetings, reviewing progress of work plan implementation, identification of areas for improvements, and regular provision of feedback to team members.
  • Provided support for improved access to and assurance of quality of life-saving health service:
    • All (100%) key IDP camps and settlements provided with WHO-supported emergency medical mobile teams, fixed health clinics/posts, and outreach services.
    • All (100%) key NGO implementing partners provided with funding support life-saving health interventions
    • 168,000 Trauma patients supported in camps and underserved communities.
    • 125,000 Mental health and psychosocial support consultations provided in camps and underserved communities
    • million outpatient consultations and medical procedures provided to vulnerable populations in camps and underserved communities
    • 3 million (or 95%) of eligible children 0-5 years old received immunization services (DPT3, Measles and Polio3)
    • 9 million Treatment courses provided for communicable and non-communicable diseases
    • WCO summary of KPIs produced and disseminated weekly.
  • Supported regular assessment and detection of health risks of potential public health concerns:
    • Trained 4,500 health workers at sentinel sites to collect information and report on new potentially threatening public health risks
    • Published weekly early warning and alerts bulletins on high priority risks and communicable diseases and disseminated to health partners and other stakeholders
    • Conducted rapid health risk assessments in response to potential outbreak alert
  • Rapidly responded to ongoing acute health emergencies:
    • Conducted periodic assessment of the health needs of the population
    • Reviewed and updated contingency plans and budget for implementation of priority activities
    • Trained 9,000 frontline healthworkers on delivery of public health interventions
    • Provided regular health supplies to hospitals and health facilities in hotspots governorates (medicines, kits, equipment and non-medical supplies) as part of contingency planning and operational response
  • Contributed to programme management and assigned administrative duties towards achieving WCO Syria management KPIs
    • Published biweekly Emergency Operation updates; and flash updates, technical, financial and donor reports.
    • Contributed to financial and technical evaluation of various donor-supported projects, activity proposals and procurement requests/bids.
    • Provided technical inputs for high-level briefings to senior WHO officials as required.
    • Participated in biweekly 3LTC and quarterly WoS strategic review meetings on emergency response.

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Post Held: Project Manager, Health Systems Development

Location: Tripoli, Libya

Dates: 04 June 2018 – 30 April 2019

  • Created an empowering and motivating environment for staff towards meeting challenges and achieving workplan objectives as follows:
    • Conducted frequent joint planning sessions with the team, and agreed on tasks for individual team member in line with their talents and distinctive comparative advantage
    • Clear directions, guidance and follow up provided to team members on timeframe for activity implementation and donor reporting. Team contributed to prompt and timely submission of all statutory donor reports.
  • Provided technical support for increased quality of planning, management and monitoring of medicines and supplies in Libya as follows:
    • Developed and distributed guidelines for medicines selection, procurement, storage, distribution and donations to improve supply chain management in Libya.’
    • Conducted training on medicines forecasting and quantification for 144 pharmacists selected from 10 hospitals, 7 polyclinics, 63 PHCs and 54 PHUs, from six selected municipalities.
    • Developed and disseminated Libyan Essential Medicine List (EML) to regulate medicines selection and procurement.
    • Facilitated the promulgation of a ministerial decree that mandated the adoption of the EML and its use for medicines forecasting and quantification nationally
    • Strengthened the capacity of the Pharmacy Administration with the provision and installation of 10 sets of computers, printers, UPS and antivirus device to boost their capacity for medicines registration using SIMAED software tool
    • Strengthened the capacity of Libyan Pharmacy Administration for medicines registration with the training of 11 registration officers and 3 WHO technical by the Tunis Directorate of Pharmacy and Medicines, on medicines registration process and how to use SIAMED software
  • Supported an improved management and quality of the Health Information System in Libya
    • Trained 20 Statisticians as core trainers on DHIS-2, and another batch of 74 Statisticians trained as Master trainers on DHIS-2
    • Conducted cascade training of Statisticians from all hospitals in six selected municipalities on DHIS-2 data entry, data quality checks, data analysis and presentation and report generation.
    • Conducted a national assessment of private sector, health institutions, health human resources and causes of death for evidenced-based delivery of health interventions.
    • Procured software and hardware equipment, and technical support for NCDC to develop PIS for TB and HIV programmes

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Post Held: Technical Officer

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dates: 01 August 2013 – 31 August 2017

  • Mobilised funds for emergency and developmental work: $2.2m from One UN (UNDAP), $520,594 from DfID, and $2,638,407 from CERF to support cholera response activities; as well as Canada Global Affairs $2,075,000; Gates Foundation $200,000; £8 million 5-year grant from DfID for stunting reduction (with UNICEF); and CIFF $559,186 (with UNICEF).
  • For the 2015-2017 Cholera outbreak emergency response in Tanzania, I developed national Cholera response plan and WHO CO response plan; coordinated the establishment of a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) with Secretariat in the Ministry of Health (MOH); provided take-off operational infrastructures for the PHEOC to ensure immediate functionality during the emergency cycle (software, hardware, chairs, tables, etc.); established cross-cutting and multi-disciplinary National Cholera Task Force (NTF), with UN, development partners, donors, etc. as members, that meets weekly to review cholera situation, suggest strategic remedial actions and leverage technical expertise to implement remedial actions.
  • Developed and implemented guidelines, protocols, policies, training materials and tools: monitoring/supervisory tools (TOR and checklist), daily Cholera reporting line list format/register, Cholera standard case definition, protocols and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on case management, standards for household latrines, standards for monitoring and reporting of measured Free Residual Chlorine (FRC) levels, IEC materials with cholera prevention messages (flipchart, video and radio spots, aprons, hats, etc.), job aids on Cholera case management (wall charts on case definition, IPC wall chats, cholera diagnosis, assessment for dehydration status and management of patients with dehydration, etc.).
  • Coordinated establishment and implementation of cross-cutting operational technical sub-committees (Social Mobilisation, Surveillance, Case Management, WASH, Laboratory and Logistics), and developed strategies and TORs for them to operate.
  • Established a multi-sectoral Rapid Response Team (RRT) to conduct monthly monitoring/supervisory visits to cholera hot spots regions and districts.
  • Published weekly and monthly Situation Reports (SitRep), weekly Ministerial Press Briefing notes, articles for publication, report of the Cholera outbreak experience and lessons learnt, etc.
  • Developed and implemented a Regional Rapid Response Plan (RRRP) and Health sector response plan, for 506,676 refugees.

Organization: United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

Post Held: Nutrition Specialist

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Dates: 01 May 2001 – 31 July 2013

  • As the Emergency Nutrition Coordinator, Sahel Crisis (2011-2013)
    • I coordinated partners to provide support to manage the 6.1 million national SAM burden with a focus on the Sahel states.
    • In 2012 in 11 northern states, 215,000 under five children were screened as severely malnourished and enrolled for treatment, with 65% cured. In 2013, the program reached 320,247 SAM children (99% of annual target) (with 84% cure rate, 13% default rate and 1% death rate).
    • I responded to Sahel crisis (Nigeria is one of 8 affected countries), with 1 million people acute malnourished children. I also responded to the 2012 flood disaster, where 1.8m under five children were displaced, 200000 cases screened as having SAM, admitted and treated with 70% cure rate.
  • Guidelines and policy development
    • I designed and implemented first of its kind private-sector driven diarrhoea management using Zinc and ORS, using the retail pharmacy shops, PPMVs, private clinics, etc. I developed training manual, conducted training, and generic social marketing campaigns, monitored and evaluated the program. In the first year 2011, implementing in 25 LGAs, 634 treatment sites were established, 250 primary schools and numerous pupils and teachers mobilised, 85596 diarrhoea children treated, 634 deaths averted.
    • Initiated, developed guidelines for, and implemented a pilot Home Grown School feeding program, in collaboration with the Education sector. It has now become a national program of the Mohammed Buhari regime in Nigeria in 2015.
    • I supported the implementation of the International code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes (BMS), and Maternity Protection Convention No 183; through training of health workers and code watchers, and financial support the Food and Drug department to monitor and enforce the code. This saw an increase in exclusive, from 13% in 2008 to 17% in 2013 (NDHS).
    • Between 2011-2013 alone (a spate of 3 years), I supported the leveraging of $16m from ECHO (in 2011), £60m pound from DfID (in 2012), $34m from EU (in 2011) and $100m from CIFF (in 2013) for five year implementation of integrated management of acute malnutrition, MNCHW and diarrhea management in 20 Sahel states of northern Nigeria.
    • Over a 5-year period (2005-2010), I facilitated cascaded training of 37 State Health Officers from all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory; 774 LGA Health Officers; and 26,479 health workers (from 811 hospitals, 7740 PHC and 17928 health clinics) throughout the country.
    • I introduced Community Management of Acute Malnutrition program in Nigeria in 2009, which scaled up from 30 sites with 6900 admissions; to 294 sites with 44,098 admissions in 2010; 363 sites with 141,309 admissions in 2011; and 478 sites, 217,000 admissions in 2012, 236,000 children admission in 2013 and 320,247 children admission in 2014. This placed Nigeria as the 2nd largest CMAM program country in the world after Niger Republic.
    • I planned and implemented national bi-annual (during hungry and harvest seasons) rapid integrated Health, Nutrition and WASH surveys, using SMART and Rapid SMS methods, that integrates indicators from Health, Nutrition, WASH, etc. I led the conduct of the Health and Nutrition component of two MICS (2007 and 2011), and four DHS (2003, 2008, 2013 and 2016).
    • I have supported the conduct and publication of thirty-nine (39) research and studies, twenty-one (21) policies, guidelines and reports, presented more than 107 technical papers.
  • Social Behavioural Change Communication
    • I developed social marketing strategies and tools to create awareness on fortification of staple foods (vitamin A fortification of flour, sugar and vegetable oil); iron fortification of flour, iodised salt), and zinc + ORS use for diarrhoea management.  
    • I designed, developed and implemented targeted advocacy, Social Marketing and SBCC campaigns, on radio, television, newspapers, billboards, etc., targeting policy makers, manufacturers and marketers to promote uptake of Vitamin A, iron and iodine fortification of flour, sugar, vegetable oil and salt, diarrhoea management and iron-folate supplementation for lactating mothers.
    • I organized press conferences, seminars and workshops regularly for media representatives and Journalists Against Disaster (JAD) forum, on diarrhea management and emergency response, to independently monitor, review and report disasters.
    • I supported the Food and Drug Department to conduct market storming and sensitization campaigns to communities and markets to sensitize artisans and petty traders on fake, counterfeit and adulterated salt, flour, sugar and vegetable oil, which are not fortified to standards.
  • Knowledge Management
    • I supported the conduct of more than thirty-nine (39) research and studies (to generate evidence on effectiveness programming response and inform policy decisions, while also serving as tool for resource mobilisation.
    • I presented 107 technical papers at various fora
    • During my tenure, Nigeria emerged the 1st African country to achieve Universal Salt Iodisation (USI) certification at 95% level in 2005; the 1st African country to achieve multi-nutrient, multi-vehicle fortification of flour, sugar and vegetable oil with vitamin A, iron, and B vitamins in 2002; the 1st African country to implement the code of marketing of BMS (adopted in 1990); and the 1st African country to implement integrated Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), using the CTC/CMAM approach that combines facility and community based interventions); and the 1st Africa country to implement diarrhoea management with Zinc and Low Osmolarity Oral Rehydration Salt (LO-ORS) using public private partnership.

Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Post Held: Emergency Nutrition Specialist & Cluster Coordinator

Location: Monrovia, Liberia

Dates: 14 April 2011 – 15 Sep 2011

  • Leveraging Partnership: Conducted a mapping of partners (Who does What and Where) across nutrition-sensitive sectors (Health, Agriculture and Food Security, WASH, Education, Social protection, etc.), their capacities and mandates; and identified collaborating agencies: the United Nations Agencies (OCHA, UNHCR, WFP, FAO, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP, UNAIDS, etc.); donors and Development partners (DfID, MSF, ECHO, SDC, Samaritan’s Purse, ACF, Merci, Merlin, CDC, Concern Worldwide, ANDP, IRC, LRRRR, EQUIP, ARC, RBHS, USAID, IRCS, etc.).
  • Resource mobilization
    • Developed funding proposals and mobilised $15 million from CERF, $10 million from ECHO and $5 million from DfID; for humanitarian response
    • Recruited implementing NGOs and CSOs and developed MOU and Program Cooperation Agreements with them to fast-track service delivery
  • Policy & strategies: Developed Nutrition Emergency Preparedness and Response, Contingency and sector response plans and strategies, guidelines and protocols for SAM Management, IYCF in Emergencies (IFE), rapid initial assessment, needs assessment and situation analysis, and Resilient Strategy and Plan
  • Service delivery: Established Inpatient and Outpatient Therapeutic Care services for SAM management (41 OTPs, 56 SFPs and 12 SNUs), procured and distributed needed supplies, screened and treated 37,000 (or 53%) of estimated 70,000 malnourished children. 80% of identified caseloads were cured.
  • Training & Capacity building: Developed training modules for SAM management (moderate and severe), and trained 1,104 humanitarian personnel, relief workers and volunteers on SAM management, ENA and IFE
  • Monitoring & evaluation
    • Conducted initial rapid assessment for nutrition and food security needs, Nutrition needs assessment and situation analysis, in both refugee camps and host villages, and quarterly rapid nutrition surveys (using SMART methodology) to measure results achieved.
    • Quarterly Rapid Nutrition assessment indicated that SAM incidence reduced by half from 5.8% in April 2011 to 2.8% in September 2011 due to my interventions.
  • Coordination: As the cluster lead for Nutrition, I established and convened weekly nutrition sector meetings, and prepared weekly performance report for the cluster, etc.
  • Knowledge management: I wrote/published Weekly/monthly SitReps and quarterly rapid nutrition survey reports for the sector and OCHA

Other Positions Held

Organization: GLAXO SMITHKLINE (GSK)

Post Held: Marketing Manager

Location: Nigeria                                                             

Dates: 1999-2001

Key Achievements

  • I developed awareness campaign strategies, targeting various audience, to create demand for company’s Health Drinks (NHDs), namely; Lucozade, Boost, Ribena, Lucomalt and Horlicks
  • I implemented mass media advertising (Newspapers, Radio, Television, billboards) and inter-personal communication and promotional campaign activities to promote Company’s Health Drinks (NHDs), namely; Lucozade, Boost, Ribena, Lucomalt and Horlicks.
  • I leveraged partnership from other private sector partners to promote company goal of a healthy drink. Such partners include Coca-Cola, Nestle foods, Cadbury, professional associations such as Nutrition Society of Nigeria, etc.), and government Ministry of Health, for funding support for Health and Nutrition campaign.
  • I designed and implemented national essay and quiz competitions, tagged the RIBENA SMART SCHOLAR’S OFFER, to promote consumption of Ribena drink among children. Brilliant scholars were identified and handsomely rewarded to serve as examples for others to work hard in their academics, while ample supply of Ribena drinks was doled out to the children and their wards.
  • I designed and implemented Saturday walk-out sessions at the University of Lagos sports ground, with the support of Lucozade Boost; to create awareness for the energy drink.
  • I provided funding and technical support for the conduct of the Annual General Meetings (AGM) of relevant professional associations such as Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Dieticians Association of Nigeria (DAN), Paediatrics Association of Nigeria (PAN), National Association of Nurses and Midwives (NANM), and Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN).
  • I conducted regular market research on current and future competitive activities (product, price, packaging, promotional activities, sales volume and turnover, etc.).
  • I initiated new product and packaging designs, advertising and promotion campaigns, prices, etc. in line with changing market scenario, consumer desires and preference, and company profitability objective.
  • I engaged in regular collaboration with relevant professional associations (Nurses, Paediatrics, Pharmacist, Nutritionists, Food Technologists, Medical, etc.) to secure product certification and/or endorsement for company brands.
  • I maintained close working relationship with the relevant government regulatory agencies (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control – NAFDAC, and Standard Organisation of Nigeria – SON) for product and advertising/promotions registration and approvals by furnishing them with research evidence regarding comopany product offerings.

 

Organization:  Unilever Nigeria

Post Held: Customer Service Manager

Location: Nigeria

Dates: 1991-1998

 

Key Achievements

  • Identified government and private sector partners for promotional activities for company’s brands (Fortified edible oil (palm olein), Blue Band Magarine (palm sterine), Bouillon cubes (Royco and Knoor cubes), Lipton Tea, Table salt (Anapuna), etc.
  • Developed and published annual Bulletin and IEC materials on the Health needs of growing children in Nigeria, targeting elementary schools, and how the company Nutrition brand portfolios can meet those needs.
  • I conducted training of school teachers on healthy diets, recommended daily dietary intakes of different nutrients, and locally available cost-effective sources of nutrients for the family.
  • I provided annual funding, technical and promotional support to professional associations to conduct their annual technical meetings.
  • I advocated to government policy makers at Federal, State and LGA levels on collaborative partnership for Health campaign for optimum infant and young child Nutrition.
  • I designed various awareness and behavioural change communication campaign materials to convince, educate, and increase demand for company’s Nutrition products.
  • I carry out weekly, cyclically, quarterly and annual analysis of sales performance of company’s nutrition brands vis-à-vis management plans and sales forecasts.
  • I worked with the regulatory agencies (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control – NAFDAC, and Standard Organisation of Nigeria – SON) for product and advertising/promotions registration and approvals, by furnishing them with research evidence regarding product offerings.