EFMC/REACH Project, Abuja, Nigeria
Chukwuemeka Nwachukwu, MBBS, MSc (Med) Epid & Bio
Project Director, REACH Project, E & F Management Consult, Abuja, Nigeria
Dr. Nwachukwu is a Clinical Epidemiologist with technical expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, programs design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, capacity building, health systems strengthening and program management with a certification from APM UK as a PRINCE2 practitioner. His academic and research interests are in the areas of epidemiology of infectious diseases, maternal/child health and sexual/reproductive health.
He is the Project Director of the CDC/HHS funded EFMC/REACH project, a comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, care & support program in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State, Nigeria. In this position, he coordinates all program & clinical activities relating to ART, PMTCT/pediatrics, OVC, TB, including the prevention activities of HIV/AIDS. He is also supporting a USAID funded Health Policy Project of the FUTURES GROUP to work with the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA) to develop statistical models that supports advocacy in integrating family planning in maternal health services for reduction of maternal mortality in Nigeria. In a prior appointment as Technical Advisor at the Management Sciences for Health’s (MSH) USAID funded Programme to Build Leadership and Accountability in the Nigerian’s Health System (PLAN-Health), he led a multi-functional team (MFT) that provides multi-dimensions of health systems strengthening and capacity building to healthcare Managers in public institutions and Civil Society networks. Specifically, he supported the Nigerian Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in the design and roll-out of Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS) as well as led the team that costed the benefits package for both the CBHIS and the MDG funded maternal and child health social health protection scheme that have been rolled out country-wide.
Dr. Nwachukwu served as the Deputy Project Director and Program Manager of the CDC/HHS funded Men’s Health Network project of the Population Council in Abuja, Nigeria for 2 years (2008 - 2010). He was responsible for the design and implementation including day-to-day management of the program to prevent new HIV infections among most-at-risk men in Nigeria including the MSMs, IDUs, transport workers, etc. In his more remote appointments as Clinical Epidemiologist & Research Associate, he coordinated clinical trials and other research activities at the Institute of Tropical Disease Research & Prevention, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in Calabar, Nigeria. As Research Associate at the Nigerian Branch of the South African Cochrane Centre, Dr. Nwachukwu also managed training programs, courses, and workshops on Cochrane Systematic Reviews, literature reviews that attempt to answer healthcare questions by identifying and evaluating all relevant research studies and synthesizing their results in order to provide evidence for improve programming and healthcare decision-making in the region. He has published Cochrane Systematic Reviews as well as other primary researches in scientific journals.
Publications in journals
- Tukur J, Ogedengbe C, Nwachukwu C, Araoyinbo IA, Yakasai IA, Adaji SE, Ajala B. Introduction of an innovation for the reduction of maternal mortality in Kano State, Northern Nigeria: a case study of magnesium sulphate. Tropical Doctor 2011; 41: 197–200; DOI: 10.1258/td.2011.110034.
- Nwachukwu, CE, Odimegwu CO. Regional Patterns and correlates of HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) among youths in Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health. June 2011; 15(2): 131.
- Oyo-Ita A, Nwachukwu CE, Oringanje CM, Meremikwu MM. Interventions to improve immunization coverage in low and middle income countries. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2, 2011.
- Nwachukwu CE, Okebe JU. Antimotility agents for chronic diarrhea in people with HIV/AIDS. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD005644.
- Meremikwu M, Okomo U, Nwachukwu C, Oyo-Ita A, Eke-Njoku J, okebe J, Oyo-Ita E, Garner P. Antimalarial drug prescribing practice in private and public health facilities in South-east Nigeria: a descriptive study. BMC Malaria Journal, May 2007, 6:55. Available: www.malariajournal.com/content/6/1/55.
- Meremikwu MM, Alaribe AAA, Ejemot RI, Oyo-Ita A, Ekenjoku JA, Nwachukwu C, Ordu D, Ezedinachi ENU: Arthemether/Lumefantrine vrs Artesunate/Amodiaquine for uncomplicated childhood malaria in Calabar, Nigeria: A randomized controlled trial. BMC Malaria Journal, May 2006; 5:43. Available: www.malariajournal.com/content/5/1/43.
- Meremikwu MM, Nwachukwu CE, Asuquo AE, Okebe J, Utsalo SJ: Bacterial isolates from blood cultures of children with suspected septicaemia in Calabar, Nigeria. BMC Infectious Diseases 2005,5:110. Available: www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2334/5/110.