Program Officer

Stop TB

Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) is a leading indigenous non-governmental organization that promotes access to qualitative healthcare, Education and economic strengthening opportunities for all Nigerians. Based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State with a corporate office in Abuja, ECEWS has presence in 17 States across the South-South, South East, South West and North Central Nigeria with a strong client portfolio with the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, United States agency for international development (USAID), US CDC and The United Nations office of Projects. Since its founding in 2001, ECEWS has earned a solid reputation among its funders and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

The broadened scope of activities under its TB Reach Wave 6 Grant has created the need for increased staff capacity in its new implementing States.

Position: Program Officer (3 Persons)

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Locations: Bayelsa, Delta and Imo State

Position Summary

The Program Officer is expected to be embedded with the state TB program team and will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of all TB activities in collaboration with the State TB team.

One Stop Shop Doctor

The Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) is a leading indigenous non-governmental organization that promotes access to qualitative healthcare, Education and economic strengthening opportunities for all Nigerians. Based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State with a corporate office in Abuja, ECEWS has presence in 17 States across the South-South South East, South West and North Central Nigeria with a strong client portfolio with the Global Fund to fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria, United States agency for international development (USAID), US CDC and The United Nations office of Projects. Since its founding in 2001, ECEWS has earned a solid reputation among Its funders and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.

The broadened scope of activities under its Global Fund (GF) TB-HIV Grant has created the need for increased staff capacity in its One Stop Shop (OSS) facility in Edo State.

One Stop Shop Doctor

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The Doctor should provide general care to the KP clients. The key roles of the Doctor include:

  • Work with program team to develop and/or review Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the provision of ART services to Key Populations
  • Provide ART services to Key Populations in line with current World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations and national guidelines both at the OSS and through mobile ART.
  • Oversee clinical HIV treatment protocols in each clinical department to reflect the needs of the target population and ensure consistency of treatment services throughout the OSS.
  • Ensure a seamless delivery of service for clients from intake through discharge at the OSS.
  • Review and assess client treatment protocols and plans, including shortand long-term goals.
  • Review clinical records to evaluate the necessary level of client care
  • Effectively manage and supervise other clinicians, health service providers, volunteers and case managers at the OSS as well as mobile ART teams
  • Advise project team on national and state policies, procedures and licensing requirements and ensure compliance with all requirements and/or mandatory inspections
  • Prepare formal evaluation of employee performance as scheduled and required.
  • Supervise weekly/monthly clinical staff meetings. • Identify and advise project management on training needs of all clinical staff to ensure a high degree of HIV treatment and care knowledge throughout the OSS.
  • Work with clinical and support staff to maintain a high degree of professionalism and excellent customer service.
  • Integrate OSS and mobile ART services with other project activities to enhance the achievement of project outcomes.
  • Provide support to the Strategic Information (SI) unit to manage data collection for service delivery to Key Populations in project communities using nationally approved tools.
  • Ensure timely submission of quality reports to the FHI360Head Quarters through the SRs on monthly and quarterly basis or as required.
  • Support for data analysis, interpretation and use at the OSS. Use of data at facility level for decision making towards improve service delivery at the OSS.
  • Liaise with SFH to use data for decision making on how to best tailor services according to the needs of the KPs.
  • Support the development of budgets and work plans for clinical services in the OSS.
  • Provide support for prompt retirement of cash expenditure and advances. • Preparation of program reports.
  • Proactively seek out and report relevant opportunities, success stories, linkages or challenges that may promote clinical services for the project.
  • Carry out any assignment as may be decided by FHI360 and the supporting SR. Requirements

Advanced Medical Degree (MD preferred)

  • Robust clinical experience in HIV/AIDS care and antiretroviral treatment (3years + preferable)
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft applications and other software
  • Excellent grasp of clinical issues and current literature in HIV/AIDS treatment
  • Ability to work independently with strong problem-solving skills including the ability to foresee problems and initiate appropriate action.
  • At least 3 years of clinical experience in management of infectious disease, and of management of clinical services;
  • Experience in developing country health care programs
  • Experience in training
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a one-page capability statement and an updated Resume as a single document with Full Names as title of the document to: careers@ecews.org with the position and location clearly stated as subject of the email.

Note • ECEWS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly advise female qualified applicant to apply for the position above

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Consultant to develop the 2020 State HIV Annual Operational Plan (AOP) as part of the Health Response

Required services: consultancy to facilitate the development of the Annual Opeational Plan for HIV.

Location: Cross River state, Nigeria

Duration: 10 days

Commencement Date: December, 2019

Proposed dates: Between December 1st – 20th 2019. – APPLY NOW

Background

The Global Fund (GF) Optimizing HIV Investments for Impact project is a new grant running from July 2019-December 2020. The project continued on the UNAIDS 90-90-90 framework; 90% of the Persons Living with HIV/AIDS know their status, 90% of them are enrolled on treatment and adhere to their drugs and retained in care leading to 90% having viral load suppression.

One of the mandates of the new grant is to provide institutional capacity strengthening (ICS) to some states categorized by the Government of Nigeria as National Treatment and PMTCT Programme (NTPP) states. As part of the implementation structure, FHI 360 is expected to support 5 out of the 8 NTPP states (Benue, Cross River, Kaduna, Nasarawa and FCT) to improve the response of these states to the HIV epidemic. Consequently, it is the expectation of the donor that these states will attain the status of States as Implementing Entities (SIEs) or Sub-recipient to the donor by the end of the grant.

Consultancy Overview and Role

  • In line with the WHO Health Sector Strategy on HIV, 2016-2021, there is the need to reposition the health sector response to HIV so as to achieve universal health coverage. It has been argued that this can only be achieved through renewed political commitment, additional resources, and technical and programmatic innovations.
  • To this end, the GoN launched the roadmap for the National Treatment and PMTCT Programme in 2018. It is the anticipation that the NTPP roadmap will strengthen efforts towards the actualization of the National HIV health sector response. This has necessitated the capacity strengthening interventions of the grant to be directed at the States AIDS and STIs Control Program (SASCP) across the five FHI 360 supported states.
  • The objectives of the NTPP includes:
    • To coordinate partners and states implementation of HIV treatment and prevention programme interventions in Nigeria towards attainment of the 90-90-90 targets.
    • Mobilize, leverage and track domestic resources for HIV treatment programme interventions in Nigeria.
    • Strengthen institutional capacity of NASCP and State Ministries of Health, for effective coordination of the NTPP
  • The purpose of the ICS intervention is to strengthen the capacity of 5 NTPP states to demonstrate ability to access Global Fund resources directly and use appropriately. The demonstration will be measured by:
  • Increased budgetary allocation to HIV response by at least 30%
  • Release and actual use of allocated funds
  • Volume of other state resources mobilized for HIV interventions (SOML, bi-annual MNCH week, etc)
  • Improvedcapacity for managing the technical response as depicted by number of oversight visits conducted to supported and non-supported sites and the number of quality of care assessment conducted.
  • Improved M&E and Information Management system as demonstrated by ownership and use of program data.

FHI360 through her Sub-Recipient (Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS)) is leading the process for the development of HIV health Sector Response and 2020 State HIV AOP in Cross River state.     

  • Furthermore, the NAIIS preliminary suggests that there is need to tailor concerted efforts of state actors and development partners towards the locations where the HIV epidemic is localized, age bracket, social economic factors etc. Hence the need to develop the HIV AOP for the health sector response for year 2020.

Purpose of the Consultancy

  • The purpose of this consultancy assignment is to provide technical assistance to the SASCP team of Cross River  state to develop a costed HIV Annual Operational Plan that will reflect the state’s annual priorities for 2020.

Specific Tasks

  • Hold planning meetings with SASCP/ECEWS in preparation for the AOP consultancy assignment.
  • Engage key stakeholders and other relevant actors on the development of the Annual Operational plan.
  • Conduct desk review of documents from IPs and SASCP (including but not limited to State HIV Strategic Plan, State Health Strategic Development Plan, etc) and collate partners work plan to feed into state 2020 AOP.
  • Generate and provide templates to support SASCP in the development of the AOP.
  • Liaise with state government officials, IPs and private sector groups in the state to collate workplans and other documents for desk review.
  • Work with SASCP and other relevant stakeholders to review the 2019 Annual Operational Plan and determine the implementation status.
  • Conduct key informant interviews with state government officials and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Work with the SASCP and FHI 360 SRs to identify government officials, private sector and IPs to be in attendance at the  AOP development workshop.
  • Facilitate the AOP development workshop.
  • Lead the development of the AOP M&E/results/performance framework with clear milestones and targets.
  • Review and present the draft Annual Operational Plan to stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the AOP validation meeting with stakeholders.
  • Prepare final draft of the Annual Operational Plan
  • Prepare and submit final reports and final draft of Annual Operational Plan for dissemination with stakeholders; and facilitate Dissemination meeting (Final draft for validation should be submitted one week after the Planning meeting. 

Requirements

Required Experience and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing and costing of Annual Operational Plans is highly desired.
  • M.Sc/B.Sc/HND in Public health, social works or in relevant degree with 3 – 7 years relevant experience in program designs, project-level or state-level HIV/AIDS interventions.
  • Proven record of working with state and local level stakeholders to guide priority-setting and the development of realistic workplans.
  • Familiarity with Nigeria and the state’s public health system, workings of NGOs and CBOs is highly desirable.
  • Planning expertise and experience in budgeting (costing plans).
  • Experience in developing and delivering capacity building workshops;
  • Good understanding of current health financing reform initiatives in Nigeria especially at subnational level;
  • Experience carrying out similar assignments in Nigeria particularly at the sub-national level.

Method of Application

Interested candidates may submit a one-page capability statement and an updated resume in a single word document with full names and CRS OAP Consultant as tittle of the document to careers@ecews.org clearly stated as subject of the email. Female qualified applicant are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadine for submission of application is 25th of November 2019.

Career Opportunities 2019

This is to inform the entire public about the existing career opportunities in Ecews.
Please kindly download the PDF below for more details
ECEWS HR Unit
EXCELLENCE COMMUNITY EDUCATION WELFARE SCHEME (ECEWS)
Plot 8 Ekpe Nkeruwem close,Ewet Housing Estate,Uyo
Akwa ibom State,Nigeria.
email: info@ecews.org

Management Team

Andy Eyo (PGDEM, MBA, FRSPH)Chief Executive Officer

Andy Eyo

ECEWS is coordinated by a highly self-motivated and talented executive, Andy Eyo. He is a graduate of Chemistry from the University of Calabar- South-East Nigeria and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental management and in Education from the University of Uyo. He also holds a Master degree in Business Administration (Leadership) from the University of Liverpool and has attended several courses in Education and HIV/AIDS and is a community level strategic HIV/AIDS prevention specialist. He is an experienced human resource Manager and grants management specialist with Certificate in Grant Management from North Pole institute, USA and Lagos Business School. He is an experienced trainer and technical advisor in HIV/AIDS programming and has been responsible for the overall performance management in ECEWS with certification from Measure Evaluation/PHRP-OAU Ife as a Monitoring and Evaluation professional. He has several certifications in management of World Bank programs especially in the HAF 1 process; he was responsible for managing the World Bank sponsored technical assistance project for CSOs mandated to implement HAF 1 in 2005- 2006. He was the Principal Investigator and  Project Director of a seven year long $5.1 million MACC-4 project; a CDC/PEPFAR project in Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Abia States focusing on HIV Prevention, Care and Support. Currently he is the Principal Investigator of a CDC/PEPFAR Comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and Treatment project in Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi States which supports over 4000 patients on anti-retroviral therapy. He also supervises the UNFPA funded SRH/HIV integration project in Benue, Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Kaduna States.  He has certifications on the Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and Health Planning from John Hopkins University, MD USA.

He is a member of the International AIDS Society, Environmental Managers Association of Nigeria, and Counselling Association of Nigeria. He provides leadership in program implementation across all ECEWS project and manages relationship with ECEWS Donor and partners. He is a team player and has very excellent communication skills and good ability to analyse situations and make quality decisions as necessary.

 

Dr. Okezie Onyedinachi (MD. MPhil. DTM&H. PD.FAM.MED.) Deputy Project Director/Director Clinical Services

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Dr. Okezie Onyedinachi has over twenty- two (22 )years multi-country post-graduate experience in HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in resource-poor settings in Africa; inclusive of over 12 years programme management experience in the field of HIV/AIDS/TB/Malaria at National, state, Local Government, health facility and community levels (Lesotho and Nigeria).

He is a man of great passion and commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS Pandemic and reducing its impact on humanity.  He graduated from the University of Nigeria Nsukka as Medical Doctor in 1991. He holds a post graduate diploma in Family medicine from the University Of Pretoria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health from WITS University and Master of Philosophy Degree in HIV/AIDS Management from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town – South Africa.  A good personal communicator with a certificate in interpersonal skill from Lagos Business School.

He has worked with the government of Lesotho in Southern Africa and as a consultant with ICAP Lesotho in implementation of Public Health programs to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS/TB and Malaria. He was instrumental to the rapid decentralization of HIV services to lower levels of care and also in the setting up of the MDR TB centre in Mohale’s Hoek District Hospital for the Government of Lesotho with support from Green Life Pharmacy and University Research Company (URC).  In Nigeria, he has contributed his technical expertise in the development of programs to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS Epidemic. His huge contribution to HIV/AIDS program in Nigeria has won him great accolades as the face of CIHP and award of Excellence from two leading implementers of HIV/AIDS program in Nigeria in 2013 (CIHP) and 2015(ECEWS) respectively. He is a member of the national task team on HIV/AIDS program and have been involved in development of Global Fund Proposals, policy documents and guidelines in HIV/AIDS program both locally and internationally.

 

Heir Ntiah (ACA, MBA, NLCF)– Director of Finance and Operations

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Mr. Heir Ntiah is a Chartered Accountant, an Associate Member (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Calabar and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accountancy from the then Calabar Polytechnic. Mr Ntiah has worked in several capacities both in the public and private sectors including but limited to being an Audit assistant with 82 Divisional Headquarters, Nigerian Army (Civilian Pay Unit, Enugu (1990), Accountant on a world Bank project  with Akwa palm industries Ltd – Uyo (1994), Audit Senior with Ntekim Robson & Co Chartered Accountants, Eket – (2001); Manager(Finance/Accounts) with Gate oil Petroleum Nigeria Ltd –Eket (2004), Internal Auditor/Compliance Officer with ECEWS (2009) and currently the Director of Finance/Operations with ECEWS from 2013.

Mr Ntiah has attended several courses, trainings and workshops in finance and accounting, grant management, procurement and stores management, leadership, internal control and forensic audit amongst others.

 

INIOBONG U. UDIONG (ACA) Compliance/Grant Officer

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Mr Iniobong Udiong an enterprising, hard-working and technically skilled ACCOUNTS MANAGER known for accuracy, attention to detail and timeliness in managing disbursement functions for diverse-industry employers. Accounting function career spans 19 years of experience in general merchandise, Agro-allied, retail, and NGO. Backed by solid credentials (HND in accounting, Associate member Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA), Certificate in Grant management, proficiencies in generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP), Generally Accepted Government Auditing standards (GAGAS) as well as MS Office Suite, ERP/EDI systems and SAP.

 

Mr. Austin Modo (Bsc. PGDE. MBA. MSHRM.) Human Resource Manager

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Mr Austin started his career in 1999 with Foursquare Ministers and Staff Retirement Benefit Scheme (West & Central Africa) as a Pension Officer and was promoted within a very short period to the Agt. Supervising Manager and Executive Secretary to the Board of Trustee. In 2004 He joined Hallmark Consult Limited as Chief Operating Officer, the position he held until 2008 when he joined the Mikano Group as a show room sales Supervisor, he rose up to the rank of the Divisional Head Human Resources/ Admin in the Steel Fabrication Division. In January 2012 he left Mikano for Popham Walter Odusote a construction and EPC Company as the Group head Human Resources/ Admin from where he joined ECEWS in October 2013.

Austin has attended several trainings, courses and seminars in Human Resource Management, Logistics, Procurement and Material Management, Strategic Management and Administration, Financial Management and Resource Planning, Grant Management and Occupational Safety both within and outside Nigeria including the prestigious Lagos Business School and the spark Business School, he is a member of the American Society for Human Resource Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, He is a Law Student of the National Open University and a Pastor with the Foursquare Gospel Church.

 

ETUK ASUKWO OKON (BSc): DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS / COMMUNICATIONS

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Born May 8, 1972, Asukwo Etuk hails from Afaha Ikot Obio Nkan in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He was educated at the University of Uyo, Uyo where he graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in Theatre Arts. He later joined the Nigerian Red Cross Society (which he had served as volunteer since the age of 12) as the Branch Secretary and Chief Executive Officer for Akwa Ibom State Branch. In this position, Mr. Etuk was actively involved in the design and implementation of programmes in Health and Care, Institutional Development, Disaster Preparedness and Response as well as Youth development targeting the most vulnerable populations. He had served the organisation in this capacity for 7 years during which he led the Akwa Ibom State Branch to become the Best Red Cross Branch in Nigeria.

He is married to a doyen – Iboro, and together they have this two lovely signatures Endiong and Mmekan.

Mr. Etuk has been extensively trained both in Nigeria and abroad in Youth Work, Globalisation, Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS, First Aid, stakeholders’ engagement, Project Management, Collaboration and Networking. Others are in Community Programming and Reporting.

He joined Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) in 2009 as a Programme Officer where he demonstrated incredible initiative and a strong dedication to duty, thus moving up the ranks quickly to become the organisation’s Director of Programme. In his position as the Director of Programmes he has been proactive in projects coordination, CSO coordination, capacity building, communication, community mobilization/ engagement, programmes monitoring and feedback management.

 

 

MODUPEOLUWA DORIS ODEYALE (B. Ed, MPH) – Central M&E Manager

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MODUPEOLUWA DORIS ODEYALE is a public health specialist with over ten years’ experience in program monitoring and evaluation, strategic information management and research methodologies.

She obtained a master’s degree in public health from the University of Ibadan in 2004. Modupe has attended short courses in advance monitoring and Evaluation, project management, manuscript writing and leadership management. She is very versatile in the national HIV monitoring and evaluation framework.

Before joining ECEWS, Modupe worked with International and indigenous organizations. She worked with Center for Health Science, Training and research Development (CHESTRAD) as a program coordinator in 2004. She later joined International Center for AIDS program; a CDC/PEPFAR donor funded project in 2008. She was part of ICAP work force that transited from ICAP to Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP) in 2011.

Presently, she works with ECEWS as a strategic Information Advisor and M&E team lead.

Some of her hobbies include; traveling, reading, listening to music and dancing. Modupe is married.

 

Mrs. Uduak Akai, B.A, (Calabar), JP – Business Official

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Uduak Akai holds a bachelor degree in Linguistics from the University of Calabar, Nigeria and is a VC specialist with robust experience in the care and support for VC infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. She has significant experience in grants management using USAID and CDC related circulars and is involved in management of grants and finance of sub grantees. She has been trained on courses that cuts across leadership development and financial management, Peer Education Plus (PEP) Model for Community Level strategic HIV/AIDS prevention , HIV prevention for people living with HIV/AIDS (PWP), Care and Support for VC, Adventures of Kami and Big Bird by Sesame Street, Micro Enterprise Fundamentals and Home-stead Farming Fundamentals, Safeguarding children, LIFT Economic strengthening (ES), Child- to- Child Approach and other related areas which enables her to manage her current responsibility as the Business Official for Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS).

During her stay with ECEWS, she employed feasible strategies for increase uptake of eligible VC based on program target/ VC National guidelines and contributed positively to the overall improvement in the management of funds by ECEWS supported CBOs as well as quality of service delivery at supported communities through guided program design and implementation. In addition, she worked together with ECEWS M&E team to develop a VC data base that can ease management of data from the field, increase accuracy of data and project needs of VC based on monthly data fed in from different sites. She worked with ECEWS supported CBOs to involve community leaders and the community as a whole in program planning and implementation to increase ownership and sustainability. She is a member of the International AIDS society and Child Protection Network. She is a hard-working and goal oriented team player who manages multiple tasks with ease while achieving demonstrable excellent results.

UNFPA Trains Health Workers On Condom Programming

DO you know that there are male condoms and there are female condoms? Hearing it for the first time? Then you are not alone. Generally, condom is one product that is used more than it is known, most people wish to use it but are ashamed to purchase it, most people wish to know about it but are unwilling to discuss it, and above all, most women are unaware of the fact that there exist a condom designed for their anatomy.

Owing to the controversies surrounding condom use, ECEWS in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health under the auspices of United Nations population fund (UNFPA) organized a 2-day step down training in Akwa Ibom State to increase the overall awareness of condom programming and address the seeming controversies.

The training which was held on September, 28-29 Summit Complex, Uyo, had in attendance select HIV prevention officers from private health facilities. Issues on Male and female condoms, condom lubricant, attitude of condom vendors/providers, myths and conceptions of condoms were elaborated on.

The HIV/AIDS State Program Coordinator, Dr Markson, while appreciating the participants for acquiescing to being trained by non-medical personnel also expressed conviction that sooner than later, the medical/non-medical collaboration will yield fruits.

While comparing the many benefits of condom with its low usage in the state, He says; “it therefore becomes necessary on us to inject condom advocates into the society if we need to win this war, we need to bring down the prevalence rate of HIV in Akwa Ibom State. We just have to have so many of us promoting condoms in our little corners, in our private clinics, in our churches.”

The Executive Director, ECEWS, appreciated the participants for being part of the training. He however encouraged them to translate the knowledge gained into action by setting up confidence centers in their facilities to attract more youths to access HIV/FP services.

Valentine, a participant from State Ministry of Health, Akwa Ibom, has this to say; “Being a new person in the place, the training has really increased my awareness in Condom Programming. I have learnt about the barriers in Condom use. I have also learnt about the misconceptions, Condom forecasting, quantification and other things. I must commend ECEWS for what they have done, I wish they will continue this because it has really been of help to me.”

Imaobong Johnson representing Utibeima Medical Center explains how good she is in Condom Programming following this training. “They have told us the proper use of condom, those misconceptions others had and myself too, they have been able to clear those doubts and am very good at it now”. She says.

It is thus believed that this training will achieve its primary objective, that of preventing HIV transmission in Akwa Ibom and by extension, the world.

UNFPA Rep Visit ECEWS

The UNFPA West and Central African Regional Head of HIV, Mr. Pierre Robert, has expressed willingness to further support ECEWS to create a future free of HIV, STIs and unwanted pregnancies for the young people of Nigeria.

After a tour round the UNFPA funded ECEWS confidence center, Calabar Street, Uyo, in company with, Zubaida Abubakar, UNFPA programme analyst for Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, Mr. Robert was impressed with the positive things going on in the center. He says, “I was very encouraged to see a lot of young women come in here. It is a place where young people can come and learn about Reproductive Health and HIV. You can freely come in at any time and receive the services that you need in a very safe environment. It is a very good initiative and I support it very much.

Speaking further, He urged ECEWS to keep doing its good work to attract more young people to the center. “You will notice that when people can speak openly and freely about sexuality and about Family Planning, they will be healthier. You will have less unwanted pregnancies, less STIs, less HIV.”

In his remark, the Executive Director of ECEWS, Andy Eyo expressed appreciation to UNFPA for the privilege of partnership granted ECEWS. He further stated that the confidence center though having the appearance of gaming center serves as a hub to attract all kinds of people including sex workers to access Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV services adding that 927 people have been tested for HIV/Hepatitis B&C between Jan-Sept with 39 positives recorded.

He however encouraged UNFPA to leverage on the serenity and popularity of the center to scale up Family planning services.

Mr. Eyo also identified the Calabar Carnival being the biggest street party in Africa and the Christmas Village in Akwa Ibom State as viable opportunities to accentuate sensitization on Sexual and Reproductive Health/HIV.

The Information/Technology Manager, Mr. Samuel Benson demonstrated the use of the ECEWS confidence center social media App which provides an opportunity for everyone to chat with HIV, Family Planning and Sexual/Reproductive Health Counsellors even at the comfort of their homes.

ECEWS Partners with Abak Local Government Area on Poverty Reduction

The Executive Director of Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS), Mr. Andy Eyo has made known the Organization’s commitment to empower the ultra-poor market women of Abak through the Market Women Empowerment Project thereby reducing the poverty level in the Local Government Area.

Mr. Eyo who made this known today during an advocacy visit to the Abak Local Government Council emphasized that empowering a woman means empowering the family which in turn will reduce hunger, hawking, child labour and inter-generational poverty, adding that the selection will not be a political one but will be based on reality.

The Market Women Empowerment Project, an initiative of the Akwa Ibom women resident in the USA (NKA UFORO IBAN) in collaboration with ECEWS is aimed at poverty reduction amongst ultra-poor market women through issuance of grants to boost their businesses.

While reacting to this development, the Chairman of Abak Transition Committee, Hon. Emmanuel Udosen thanked ECEWS team for the positive impact it has had on the lives of Abak people and affirmed the council’s support to make the project a success. He also called on other NGOs to emulate ECEWS by attracting benefits from the international community to the local community.

Hon Udosen described ECEWS’ visit as timely and urged the team to do more in helping the poorest population in the state. “There is a similar program on ground, we are working on giving out interest-free loans to market women. So ECEWS is God-sent. The market women have a structure called the Market Women Frontline Organization, we will use this structure to sift out those who actually need and deserve the grant as well as do follow-up to see how well they have managed the funds.”

The Council’s Head of Service, Elder Etukudo, expressed confidence in ECEWS capabilities in doing an honest work and assured the team of the Council’s support on the project. “I have worked with them in urunguko LGA on HIV/AIDS programme, it was a very nice project, am convinced they will succeed. We will be prepared to assist and select an indigenous staff in the council as a desk officer who will liaise with ECEWS in the project. We will ensure that this programme is not politicized.”

Mrs Grace Inyang, the representative of NKA UFORO IBAN thanked the Chairman for the opportunity granted ECEWS and promised to revert to her colleagues in the United States on the level of progress.

Spotlight on Dr. Okezie

Dr. Okezie Onyedinachi, a multi-national physician of over 22 years is the Deputy Project Director; LOCATE Project; ECEWS, Nigeria.

As the Deputy Project Director, Dr. Onyedinachi provides leadership and direction for an exhaustive integration of health care services, program management as well as an organized strategy for a continuous quality care and support in the LOCATE project.

Until his appointment as Deputy Project Director, LOCATE project; ECEWS, Dr. Onyedinachi was the senior PMTCT program Manager, Center for Integrated Health Program (CIHP) and at a time worked as a consultant with ICAP, Lesotho, South Africa, in implementing public health programs to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic. He works closely with facilities and community-based partners while assisting in the development of an exhaustive, all-encompassing community care system programs to promote, improve and maintain community health.

Apart from using multi-disciplinary health care teams to put together a viable system that is patient-focused and working with community agencies and organizations, Dr Onyedinachi ensures that well organized community services are provided in all ECEWS supported sites. These services include but are not limited to; care & support, Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) services, HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) and prevention services through Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

Dr. Onyedinachi graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as a Medical Doctor in 1991. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine from the University of Pretoria, a Post Graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Health from WITS University and Master of Philosophy Degree in HIV/AIDS Management from the Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. He is a good personal communicator, with a certificate in interpersonal skill from Lagos Business School.

In 2013, Dr. Onyedinachi emerged the face of CIHP and in 2015; He received an Award of Excellence from ECEWS.

He is a member, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and Association of Private and General Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (APGMPN). He is happily married with five children.