IVAC names Dr. Chizoba Wonodi Nigeria Country Director

The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) is pleased to announce that Dr. Chizoba Wonodi has been named IVAC Nigeria Country Director in recognition of her accomplishments within Nigeria on behalf of IVAC.  Dr. Wonodi, will continue to have oversight of IVAC projects in Nigeria including advocacy, health systems research and technical support. As a regular advisor to government and partners on routine immunization and primary health care reforms, Dr. Wonodi has been instrumental in helping drive efforts amongst government, CSOs and partners to focus on both routine and new vaccines in Nigeria.

Under her leadership, Dr. Wonodi has expanded the portfolio of IVAC projects in Nigeria, serving as the principal investigator to multiple Gavi and Gates Foundation-funded projects. The efforts of the Nigeria IVAC team include projects designed to address the need for immunization financing, advocacy for immunization, accountability at the state and national level, including use of score cards, as well as training initiatives that promote the adoption of adult learning approaches.

Prior to joining JSHPH, Dr. Wonodi worked in various positions in the Rivers State Ministry of Health in Nigeria, including work as a medical officer in family planning, ante-natal care, HIV AIDS and immunization, as a primary health care coordinator for a local government and as a program director and consultant for work on HIV AIDS.

Dr. Wonodi is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of International Health at JHSPH.  She has a medical degree (MBBS) from University of Benin and a MPH and DrPH from JHSPH. At JHSPH, she was named a Gates Institute and Caroline Cochrane Scholar. Her work with IVAC started with the PneumoADIP in 2005 and over the past several years has been focused on building a portfolio of projects to support decision making and implementationof vaccine programs in Nigeria. She is a member of Nigeria Immunization Financing Task Team (NIFT), Chair of its Advocacy-sub Committee and Convener of Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA).

We are delighted that Dr. Wonodi has agreed to take on the leadership role and wish her continued success as she builds IVAC’s Nigeria country programs.

Dr. Kate O’Brien
Executive Director, IVAC