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Aanuoluwapo Abolaji Odedere

Bridge International Academies, Lagos, Nigeria

Aanuoluwapo Abolaji Odedere

Aanuoluwapo Abolaji Odedere, MPH, Bsc
Research Associate, Bridge International Academies

Odedere Aanuoluwapo is a reproductive health educator, researcher, and a girl-child advocate. She obtained a first degree in Microbiology from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Population and Reproductive Health Education, from the department of Health Promotion and Education; African Regional Health Education Center, University of Ibadan.

Her Public Health experience has spanned a period of three years and some of the activities she has undertaken include: An internship at PEPFAR APIN-PLUS, University College Hospital, working with counsellors in the Adult and Pediatric Anti-Retroviral units to conduct HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT), entry counselling and adherence counselling; Qualitative and quantitative data collection and research in over 100 communities in three states in Nigeria, as well as a poster presentation at the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2016, Vancouver.

She currently works as a Research Associate at Bridge International Academies - the largest chain of private schools in the world; where she leverages on technology and the use of GIS (Geographic Information System) applications in the collection and reporting of both quantitative and qualitative data from over 50 low and mid- income communities in Lagos state, Nigeria; which helps the organization determine ‘how and where’ to provide quality education for low income families.

Some of her research and volunteering experiences include:

  • Volunteering as a Peer Educator Trainer during her National Youth Service where she trained at least 40 secondary school students on HIV/AIDS and STIs Prevention and Care among students.
  • Working as a Research Associate with Association of World Citizens Youth, where she worked with the Research and Advocacy Department in collating report on ’Refugees’ education and social cohesion.
  • Being a State Representative for Hands up for HER - an NGO involved in the Girl-child education, health, and empowerment.
  • Working as a Research Assistant with various teams in both qualitative and quantitative data collection in both clinical settings and community-based settings.
  • Conducting a Postgraduate Study on ‘Factors influencing the choice of divorce as a solution to domestic violence among married men and women in Lagelu local government, Oyo state, Nigeria’.
  • Organizing various seminars on reproductive and sexual education for Teenagers in her local community.

In addition to her Postgraduate degree, Aanuoluwapo has the following certifications:

  • Certificate in Peer Education training - obtained from National Reproductive Health, HIV & AIDS Prevention and Care Project, through the National Youth Service Corps in Nigeria.
  • Certificate in Health Safety and Environment (HSE) – obtained from the Institute of Safety Professionals Nigeria.
  • Certificate in ‘Community Organizing for Action’ - obtained from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Her interests include writing and mentoring adolescents. To this end, she started an online social media platform for teenagers and young people called ‘Teens EDUzone’. She also writes articles on girl-child empowerment. (Her article – ODODO - which she wrote on the International day of the girl-child was published on Voice of Youth blog; an online platform for youth bloggers founded by UNICEF). http://www.voicesofyouth.org/en/posts/-d-d-

Conference presentation: http://epostersonline.com/gshr2016/node/3476