Name: Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje
Organisation: Afrihealth Information Projects/Afrihealth Optonet Association
Role: Programs Director/Secretary General
Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje is an HIV/AIDS writer, campaigner and activist. He was the author of ‘HIV/AIDS: Beyond Advocacy and ARVs’ pamphlet (2003), Project Coordinator, ‘Study of Impact, Challenges and Long-Term Implications of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Programme in Nigeria ’; Report writer/Documentation consultant, Nigeria HIV/AIDS Summit (2007); Programme Manager, ICASA 2005; Secretary, Nigeria National Health Conference 2006 and 2008 (www.ngnhc.org); Principal Investigator and UNAIDS/ILO/UNDP consultant on 'PPP and HIV/AIDS in Nigeria' (2004); Key Correspondent, Health and Development Networks (2002-present); Country Focal Point and member International Advisory Board of AIDS-Care-Watch Campaign (2006-present); Founder/Moderator, ICASA2005 Forum; and onsite reporter for HDN at the ICASA2003 in Nairobi. His abstract was accepted and presented at ICASA2005, and three abstracts he submitted to AIDS2008 were accepted for poster and CD-ROM. He is a primary health care practitioner and professional programs/projects manager, writer/columnist and community leader; involved in Health Systems research, advocacy, communications, documentations, community outreaches, policy analyses and assessments/M&E. His areas of active work include public-private partnerships, maternal & child health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, health sector reforms, blindness prevention, conferences, aging, human rights & community development. He has received post-graduate trainings/courses in Managing Organisational Change for Strategic Transformation, Basic Health Economics, Leadership Skills Development, Health Care Financing and Health Insurance Systems, Projects Planning and Proposal Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Peer and Participatory Rapid Health Appraisal for Action (to implement a comprehensive and quick process for appraising primary health care services, health centres and hospitals), Programmes Management, Evidence-based Health Writing, and Cyberwar, Netwar and the Revolution in Military Affairs - Real Threats and Virtual Myths. Currently studying for a Master of Public Health (MPH), Uzo’ had earlier graduated from Imo State University Okigwe and earned a Doctor of Optometry degree with focus on Public Health (1988), Federal School of Arts and Sciences Ondo (1982), Eziachi Secondary School, Orlu (1981) and Community School I, Amaruru (1976). He is Columnist, Daily SUN newspaper (2004-present) and Founder/moderator, icasa2005forum online (2004-present). He was Editor-in-chief, Orsu LGA Directory and who’s who; President General, Imo State Towns Development Association Lagos (2005-2008), President, ISTDA Cooperative Ltd, and governing council/life member, Nigeria-Britain Association. Uzo’ was Resource Centre Manager (2005-2007), HERFON; Programs Manager, 14th Int’l Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2005); Programs Director/Secretary General, Afrihealth Optonet Association (1995-present); Executive Director, Optonet International (1995-2005); Executive Coordinator, Afrihealth Information Projects (1995-2004), and Clinical Services Director, Adirivision Clinics Ltd (1990-2004). Uzodinma is a member of a handful of local and international professional bodies including Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria [CIPMN], The Impact Alliance, American Diabetes Association, International AIDS Economics Network, etc. He has more than 40 (forty) articles/essays/publications to his credit, most of which are available on the Internet. He has received a handful of honours and awards including the chieftaincy title of Ahaejiejemba of Amaruru (2005), Presidential Recognition for Membership Growth from the President of Rotary International [worldwide] (1996), Distinguished Service Award from the Governor of Rotary International District 9110 (1994), Merit Award from Iganmu and Council of Chiefs Lagos State (1996), among others. Born in Amaruru on 25 February 1964, he is married to Edith Uzoadirieje, and blessed with three children. His hobbies include Social/Community Work, Public Speaking, Writing, Computing, Tennis, and Voluntary/International Services. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Mob: +234 803 472 5905.