Board of Trustee

 
Echezona Ezeanolue, MD, MPH   Is the Vice-President for Innovation, HealthySunrise Foundation and Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nigeria. A clinician-epidemiologist, his research focuses on the use of implementation science to enhance the effectiveness and quality of health services. He served as the Director of the HRSA-funded comprehensive maternal-child HIV program in Nevada (H12HA24832) and has been PI on multiple NIH-funded grants (R01HD075050; R21TW010252; R01HD087994; R01HD089871), including the community-based Baby Shower Trials that seek to identify feasible, acceptable, and sustainable approaches to test, engage and retain individuals with HIV infection to achieve viral suppression and improve health outcomes. Dr. Ezeanolue has been recognized as Nevada Public Health Leader of the Year (2007), Nevada Health Care Hero (2008), and AAP Local Hero (2010) for his contributions to public health.

Echezona Ezeanolue, MD, MPH

Is the Vice-President for Innovation, HealthySunrise Foundation and Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nigeria. A clinician-epidemiologist, his research focuses on the use of implementation science to enhance the effectiveness and quality of health services. He served as the Director of the HRSA-funded comprehensive maternal-child HIV program in Nevada (H12HA24832) and has been PI on multiple NIH-funded grants (R01HD075050; R21TW010252; R01HD087994; R01HD089871), including the community-based Baby Shower Trials that seek to identify feasible, acceptable, and sustainable approaches to test, engage and retain individuals with HIV infection to achieve viral suppression and improve health outcomes. Dr. Ezeanolue has been recognized as Nevada Public Health Leader of the Year (2007), Nevada Health Care Hero (2008), and AAP Local Hero (2010) for his contributions to public health.

Bolanle Oyeledun, MBBS, MPH   Is the Chief Executive Officer, Center for Integrated Health Programs. She has 27 years of experience in health systems, policy development and program management and demonstrated track record of leadership. She has experience working with governments across sub-Saharan Africa, specialized foundations (GAVI Alliance, The GFATM), U.N. agencies, particularly UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF, as well as international and local non-governmental organizations. She has held various senior leadership roles in the successful management and implementation of major integrated health and development programs for HIV and AIDS, other infectious diseases, reproductive health management, implementations science, maternal, newborn and child health projects in low-resource settings. Dr. Oyeledun has spearheaded and successfully transitioned multi-year international grants of $150 million to indigenous management. She IS THE PI of the GFATM)/implementation science research funded by the WHO/DFATD-Canadian government AND THE MTN Foundation..

Bolanle Oyeledun, MBBS, MPH

Is the Chief Executive Officer, Center for Integrated Health Programs. She has 27 years of experience in health systems, policy development and program management and demonstrated track record of leadership. She has experience working with governments across sub-Saharan Africa, specialized foundations (GAVI Alliance, The GFATM), U.N. agencies, particularly UNAIDS, WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF, as well as international and local non-governmental organizations. She has held various senior leadership roles in the successful management and implementation of major integrated health and development programs for HIV and AIDS, other infectious diseases, reproductive health management, implementations science, maternal, newborn and child health projects in low-resource settings. Dr. Oyeledun has spearheaded and successfully transitioned multi-year international grants of $150 million to indigenous management. She IS THE PI of the GFATM)/implementation science research funded by the WHO/DFATD-Canadian government AND THE MTN Foundation..

Prosper Okonkwo, MD   Is the Chief Executive Officer of APIN Public Health Initiative, Nigeria (APIN); an organization that evolved from the Harvard School of Public Health to a full-fledged indigenous public health organization. Dr. Okonkwo has managed ≥$150 million in funded projects since 2008 and is the PI of the PEPFAR funded comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment program (NU2GGH002098) that currently supports comprehensive care to all individuals with HIV in 8 states including Benue state,the site of the proposed study. He served as PI on CDC funded grants (U2GGH000924; U2GGH000627; U2GPS001058); Co-PI on the MEPI program (R24TW008878-02), a consortium of 6 Nigerian Medical schools; and investigator on an NIH grant (K23AI106406) to decrease HIV care interruptions and losses..

Prosper Okonkwo, MD

Is the Chief Executive Officer of APIN Public Health Initiative, Nigeria (APIN); an organization that evolved from the Harvard School of Public Health to a full-fledged indigenous public health organization. Dr. Okonkwo has managed ≥$150 million in funded projects since 2008 and is the PI of the PEPFAR funded comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment program (NU2GGH002098) that currently supports comprehensive care to all individuals with HIV in 8 states including Benue state,the site of the proposed study. He served as PI on CDC funded grants (U2GGH000924; U2GGH000627; U2GPS001058); Co-PI on the MEPI program (R24TW008878-02), a consortium of 6 Nigerian Medical schools; and investigator on an NIH grant (K23AI106406) to decrease HIV care interruptions and losses..

 
Patrick Dakum, MD, MPH   Is the Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria and Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA. He has been PI/PD and has managed >$600 million in multiple program grants (U2G GH002099; PAGH17-1753; U2GH000925; U2GPS002929) responsible for the testing of >7 million Nigerians for HIV; placing more than 290,000 people living with HIV in Nigeria on treatment; prevented the transmission of HIV from mother to child among 76,000 women; and training over 31,000 health workers. A well-respected Public Health leader, his career has spanned through the telecommunication industry (NITEL), multilateral agencies (UNFPA), bilateral agencies implementing partners such as the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Canadian Development International Agency (CIDA) and local NGOs (Help International).

Patrick Dakum, MD, MPH

Is the Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria and Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA. He has been PI/PD and has managed >$600 million in multiple program grants (U2G GH002099; PAGH17-1753; U2GH000925; U2GPS002929) responsible for the testing of >7 million Nigerians for HIV; placing more than 290,000 people living with HIV in Nigeria on treatment; prevented the transmission of HIV from mother to child among 76,000 women; and training over 31,000 health workers. A well-respected Public Health leader, his career has spanned through the telecommunication industry (NITEL), multilateral agencies (UNFPA), bilateral agencies implementing partners such as the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), Canadian Development International Agency (CIDA) and local NGOs (Help International).

Michael Obiefune, MD    Is the Global Medical Affairs Director, Center for International Health, Education, and Bio-security (CIHEB) at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) with 28 years of experience as a clinician and researcher. He has extensive experience in program development, implementation and delivery of health services built on sustainability. In the past 12 years, he lived 75% of his time in Africa and served variously as Africa Regional Director, Country Medical Director and Senior Technical Advisor. He has served as an investigator and provided local oversight on four NIH/PEPFAR funded projects in Nigeria (R01HD075050; R21TW010252; R01HD087994; R01HD089871)and provided local oversight of implementation of programs that developed and supported 150 facilities (including 88 comprehensive ART facilities) in 26 states spread over 6 regions of the country with combined funding of over $50 million.

Michael Obiefune, MD

Is the Global Medical Affairs Director, Center for International Health, Education, and Bio-security (CIHEB) at the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) with 28 years of experience as a clinician and researcher. He has extensive experience in program development, implementation and delivery of health services built on sustainability. In the past 12 years, he lived 75% of his time in Africa and served variously as Africa Regional Director, Country Medical Director and Senior Technical Advisor. He has served as an investigator and provided local oversight on four NIH/PEPFAR funded projects in Nigeria (R01HD075050; R21TW010252; R01HD087994; R01HD089871)and provided local oversight of implementation of programs that developed and supported 150 facilities (including 88 comprehensive ART facilities) in 26 states spread over 6 regions of the country with combined funding of over $50 million.