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He is a Public Health Specialist, Project Manager, ICT for Development Advocate and Strategist. Dr. Ohanyido was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH) UK, because of his contribution to the field of Public Health. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) UK, Fellow of International Public Health (FIPH), and Chartered Professional Manager of the Nigerian Institute of Management with the rank of Associate (AMNIM). Dr Ohanyido is also a Rights Advocate and African Poet. He was born after the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War, and grew up to add his voice to a generation's demand for transformative leadership across Africa.
He came into national limelight as a medical student in the 1990s for organizing the first student –driven campus outreaches for HIV/AIDS (Megahealth outreach) which was funded by HE (Sir) Fidelis Tapgun, a onetime Governor of Plateau state. He was also a vocal critic of the late dictator Gen. Sani Abacha, and had encounters with the security apparatchik. However, his early major work as a professional in international development started with a stints in crisis regions with UNHCR and UNICEF, and was also part of the landmark design of one of the earliest integrated measles and malaria campaigns in West Africa.
In Nigeria, he helped to develop the theme of Rights-Based Approach to healthcare delivery in Nigerian Health Sector in collaboration with WHO and other partners in 2002, while serving as Advisor cum legislative intern to Senate Committee on Health ,the Senate National Assembly of Nigeria. This was funded by the United States Government through a grant to the National Democratic Institute of America (NDI). Through this position, he had brought to the fore the issues around gender-based violence and its effect on reproductive health. During this period, he was the pioneer Rapporteur that coordinated the UN MDGs Professional Support Group for Africa, a network of young African professionals supporting and advocating for systems strengthening towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. He has served in various capacities including Special Advisor in the development sector to the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) , he had served as the Project Support Manager for USAID/COMPASS Project, the 100 million US Dollar flagship integrated project in health and education in Nigeria.
From the point of technology for health and development, Ohanyido had been an early advocate for exploring the potentials of ICT and Medicine convergence to improve the health of persons at the bottom of the pyramid, especially underserved communities across Africa. To this end, in 2003 he had founded an online advocacy platform called Nigerian Telemedicine Development Alliance (NTDA), which is now dissolved. This had been a major advocate that brought a lot of awareness to the possibilities of ehealth, mhealth, telemedicine and general health informatics. He later became the Deputy Secretary-General of the Society for Telemedicine and eHealth in Nigeria (SFTeHIN) the organisation that instituted the Pan-African Conference on Telemedicine and eHealth (PACTe) in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the African region. He is also a member of the Free and Open Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and a Vice-President and Council Member of the Open Source Foundation for Nigeria (OSFON). He was part of the Avallain Africa team that worked with Google in five African countries, viz; Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa to develop the Google Health Tips (GHT) | iAfya project. He also served as the Nigerian country source manager for the Avallain GHT project. In 2012, he was appointed Vice President of the West African Health Informatics Fellowship Programme (WAHIFP).
He holds advocacy positions as Global Health Ambassador & Chair of the International Public Health Forum (IPHF) and one of the Country Representative for the global campaign called “Health Information for All by 2015” (HIFA 2015). He is also an affiliate of the Global Health Center of University of Wisconsin, part of the “Supercourse” of the WHO collaborating center at the University of Pittsburgh in USA, member International Professors Project , and member of the Science Advisory Board USA. Beyond advocacy, he is the CEO | Chief of Party of Synergy PMP® Ltd a project and knowledge management for development organisation.
He has on consultation advised the World Health Organisation’s African regional office in Congo Brazzaville , in diverse public health areas , such as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) programme and eHealth, He is also a senior consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates' funded Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) and the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON). He has also advised governments at various levels and capacity, including as high-level interagency liaison for Scaling Up Nutrition movement in Nigeria, with the support of Save the Children. He is also an i-Novate2100 Trustee, and Adjunct Professor of the Professional Learning Institute.
He is a former CMDS Global Health Scholar and Harvard Medical School PG Alumnus, he has a Medical Degree, PGDA, Public health training, and qualifications diverse areas like Strategic Management, Project Management, and Information and Communication Technology.
His social commentaries termed 'Afrisecal' have been devoted mostly to pan-African paradigms in leadership and citizenship. He is a close follower of Paul Kagame, Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela.
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