Adaora Ncheta Osi-Ogbu

Adaora Osi-Ogbu is a graduate research assistant with the CPC Learning Network and is currently a MPH candidate at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health. Adaora is from Abuja, Nigeria. She was born in the United States, and spent most of her childhood in Nairobi, Kenya. She returned home to Abuja, Nigeria for secondary school in 2006 and has lived there since then. For her undergraduate studies, she attended Emory University, and graduated in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Health. After graduation, she returned to Nigeria to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service year. She worked at the Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP); an organization that focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. She had the opportunity to travel to rural communities in Benue and Gombe states, visiting youth wellness centers as well as primary health care centers. She worked with her supervisor on the development of a ‘Girl’s Talk’ series in Makurdi, Benue state (a state where HIV/AIDS statistics are appalling, especially in young girls) for at risk in school girls. In addition to working, Corps members were required to meet in different community development service (CDS) groups every week. Adaora was selected to be one of 3 leaders of her CDS group. Following her masters, Adaora is interested in pursuing a career in global health primarily focusing on improving health outcomes of adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa through education and empowerment. She plans to eventually return home to work on policy changes, systems strengthening, program implementation and evaluation in the Nigerian healthcare sector.


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