APIN Management Courtesy Visit to the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole
The CEO, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo, led a team of 6 Management Staff of the organization on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole.
The Team was made up of:
- Toyin Jolayemi – DCEO Programmes
- Jay Osi Samuels – Director Labs
- Niyi Olaofin – DCEO Ops
- Ifeyinwa Onwuatuelo – AD Community Programmes
- Elizabeth Bassi – AD Grants Management
The APIN CEO Dr. Prosper Okonkwo laid out the purpose of the visit as a medium to:
- Officially inform the Minister, of the close out of the CDC 5 year project GH12-1210
- APIN’s success in the Request of Proposal by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC-RFA-GH17-1753 “Delivering Comprehensive Services to Achieve HIV Epidemic Control in Subnational Units in Nigeria under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). APIN will be working as the Lead Implementing Partner in the following States: Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Plateau and Benue.”
- APIN Change of name from AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria Ltd/Gte to APIN Public Health Initiatives Ltd/Gte. The Minister was informed that the name change is necessary so as to give the organization an opportunity to diversify into other areas of public health concerns as part of the organization’s strategic plan and sustainability efforts.
The Minister was also informed about other Grants being implemented by APIN, including the Lagos State Global Fund Project, MEPIN and Lagos University Teaching Hospital Building Research and Innovation in Nigeria’s Science (BRAINS) projects.
Other areas of collaboration between APIN and the Ministry of Health including outstanding proposals with the Federal Ministry of Health and its parastatals where also in focus of the discussions.
The attainment of international accreditation of the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) by the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) Laboratories with support and Technical Assistance by APIN. These are the first two public Laboratories to attain such feat.
“Turning the Tide” a new book written to document work done by APIN and Partners was introduced to the Minister. There was also a brochure presentation to the Minister by the APIN CEO.
The Minister in his response congratulated APIN on the successful application on the GH17-1753 project and was particularly pleased that APIN was returning to Benue state. He urged APIN to sustain the momentum and ensure that they continue to deliver quality services which they are known for.
He added that the Ministry will collaborate with APIN in capacity building efforts particularly in Monitoring and Evaluation framework and institutionalization of data collection for evidenced based planning. He also directed APIN to collaborate with the Nigeria Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) particularly in in capacity building for a state-of-the-art laboratory, that will serve in the analysis of samples from disease epidemics, which are currently being sent to Senegal.