WMF Alumni Success Story of the Month – September

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Johnson (middle) working on the Care and Treatment for Sustained Support project, known as the Catts Project.

Dr. Johnson Chinedu Okolie of Nigeria is a father of three and a Clinical Care Specialist with Management Sciences for Health Planning (MSH) for the Care and Treatment for Sustained Support (Catts) Project. MSH, an international NGO committed to improving the health and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable population, with headquarters in the United States.

As a graduate of Medicine & Surgery from the University of Port-Harcourt, Dr. Okolie set out to make a difference in the world. As a requirement of graduates, Dr. Okolie completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in April 2016. During his mandatory service, he went above and beyond to engage with his community. In addition to making medical and surgical diagnoses, treating patients and referring them when necessary to higher level treatment centers, he also was the president of the Corps Health Club, organized frequent health seminars for other National Youth Service Corps members, reached out to local public schools in Yauri, and organized rural health outreaches.

Today, Dr. Okolie is working to care for and treat those afflicted with HIV and AIDS.

Dr. Okolie states, “I am proud to contribute to the lessening of the HIV/AID and TB/HIV burden in north-western state of Kebbi in Nigeria.”

His position is funded and directly supported through Management Sciences for Health’s Prevention Organizational Systems AIDS Care and Treatment (Pro-ACT) project. Funded by USAID, Pro-ACT, “…is a five-year project implemented in five Nigerian states to build the capacity of the country’s public, private, and community sectors for HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis prevention, control, care, and treatment.”

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Kebbi State pro-act team.

Dr. Okolie’s tremendous contributions to the Pro-ACT project within his state have been formally recognized by Management Sciences for Health!

His outstanding performance and dedication to his patients comes as no surprise to the Wells Mountain Foundation. WMF Scholars and WMF Alumni rise above and continuously dedicate themselves and provide their knowledge to others in capacities that surpass all expectations.

In addition to working as a Clinical Care Specialist, being a husband, a father and a community leader, Dr. Okolie also developed and launched a campaign educating his community about the deadly viral haemorrhagic Lassa Fever.

He reports, that the campaign “…produced a community wide appreciation of the basic knowledge of the disease, its prevention and simple identification.”  The World Health Organization reports, “Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the arenavirus family of viruses. It is transmitted to humans from contacts with food or household items contaminated with rodent excreta. The disease is endemic in the rodent population in parts of West Africa.” (WHO)

Johnson speaking during the school wide campaign against Lassa Fever in Yauri, Nigeria

Johnson speaking to students and staff during the school wide campaign against Lassa Fever in Yauri, Nigeria

We wish to congratulate Dr. Okolie on his great work and look forward to meeting him in person at the second WMF Dream Big Conference to be held in Uganda in 2018!

To learn more about Management Sciences for Health’s dedication to HIV & AIDS projects, please visit their website: https://www.msh.org/our-work/health-area/hiv-aids

 

 

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