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Emeka Duru

Society for Women Development and Empowerment of Nigeria, Onitsha, Nigeria

Emeka Duru

Emeka Duru, BSc in Microbiology, MSc in Environmental Microbiology and Bioremediation
State Training Officer, Society for Women Development and Empowerment of Nigeria

I am a well-presented and pro-active project manager, who has a relentless drive to have a broad impact as well as delivering results and possesses experience in coordinating and managing all project activity and research.

I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology form Imo State University Owerri and proceeded to obtain a higher degree (M.Sc.) in Environmental Microbiology and Bioremediation from the University of Port Harcourt Choba, Rivers State, all in Nigeria. I am currently a Ph.D. student of Environmental Microbiology and Public Health in University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

I currently work with Society for Women Development and Empowerment of Nigeria, a not-for-profit organization working in the area of HIV/AIDS, SRHR, and Empowerment. We are implementing the Global Fund New Funding Module HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis project in Nigeria with special focus on building the capacity of Key Population-Led Community Based Organizations (MSM, FSW and PWID) to own their HIV/AIDS response. The project entails continuous training, mentoring and coaching of the CBOs.

As a development worker, am more focused on the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents and young persons. My first experience programming for young people was as a Program Officer with the Youth Network on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NYNETHA) which is a civil society organization is coordinating all the youth-led and focused organization working on HIV/AIDS issues. Besides my academic research experience which I have published, I have also participated as a supervisor in an Action Research to reduce the vulnerability of Adolescent girls and young Women to HIV infection in Nigeria carried out by Society for Family Health. I was also part of the research to conduct a Situational analysis on access to health and violence against Women with Disabilities with a not-for-profit organization known a Disability Rights and Advocacy Centre implementing a USAID project. As a trainer, I have trained over 200 youths across the country on ART Adherence and Mobile HIV counseling and Testing process on the MTV Staying Alive Foundation Project “SHUGA”. I contributed to the development of the National HIV Strategy for Adolescents and Young people 2016-2020, a document guiding interventions for AYPs in Nigeria (Pg. 54).

I am a confident communicator with strong interpersonal and analytical skills who thrives on social interaction. The GFMER training is a perfect opportunity for me to increase my knowledge to effectively program for Adolescents and Young Persons paying special attention to enhancing access to health information for the key populations.