University of Jos, Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) was established in 1975 and has eight faculties with an average yearly student intake of 3,500. In 2001, the AIDS Prevention in Nigeria Project in JUTH was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to establish a service and research laboratory, carry out behavioral surveys in high risk groups and commence a PMTCT program. Through this project, JUTH has developed a close and long-standing collaborative relationship with both Northwestern University as well as the Harvard Chan School. An 1800 square foot laboratory and office was constructed for HIV/AIDS and STD work and was commissioned by the Federal Minister of Health in 2002. The JUTH PEPFAR program established in close partnership with Harvard and Northwestern comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment and care services in 14 secondary health facilities and 47 primary healthcare facilities across Plateau State. The JUTH HIV/AIDS Treatment Centre now manages over 10,000 HIV-infected clients on treatment and care.
The Site Director
Dr. Atiene Sagay
Professor Sagay, MBBS, has been faculty at the University of Jos and consultant Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) since 1990. He has served as Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Head of Nursing Sciences, Deputy Dean of Medicine and Dean of Medicine at various times. Professor Sagay has been a member of the University of Jos senate since 1998. He is one of the leaders of the JUTH HIV Program from inception to date. As Program Director, he established the State-wide Satellite PMTCT program comprising over 60 health facilities across Plateau State. He had training in leadership, ethics, mentorship, grants management, data management, research methodology, data analysis, manuscript writing and responsible conduct of research. Areas of research focus are prevention of cervical cancer and reproductive health, particularly in the context of HIV in women and prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
Oche Agbaji, MBBS, is a Consultant Physician and Associate Professor of Medicine at Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, in Nigeria where he has been involved with the care of HIV patients since 1997. Dr. Agbaji was Co-principal Principal Investigator, PI, of the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria, APIN, plus the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, program with Harvard at JUTH from 2002 to 2009. He was also appointed the Antiretroviral Team, ART, led by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) of Nigeria for the JUTH ART program in 2004, and has been PI of the PEPFAR transitioned JUTH AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria, APIN, program since 2009. Through his work with the PEPFAR program, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with a number of US and local researchers on HIV related projects and have published widely in the areas of HIV and HIV-related complications.
Godwin Imade PhD, has experience and training as a Laboratory Director and a Researcher to provide strong virology laboratory leadership, mentorship and research training for this D43 Fogarty application. As a Research Reader he has successfully managed and coordinated laboratory research projects in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Jos (UNIJOS)/Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for over two decades. Since its inception in 2001, he managed the PEPFAR/APIN supported laboratory in JUTH. The laboratory has grown from it modest beginning into a state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS center with over 35 well trained staff providing solid and strong support for Harvard PEPFAR HIV care and treatment, HCT, PMTCT and HIV genotyping programs.
Jonah Musa, MBBS, MSCI, is a trained obstetrician and gynecologist at University of Jos with over a decade of experience in reproductive health care for women in Nigeria. His clinical and research collaboration in the reproductive health care of HIV infected women has resulted in the publication of peer-reviewed articles on the epidemiology of mother to child transmission of HIV in Jos Nigeria. In 2009, he completed a Master of Science degree in Clinical Investigation at Northwestern University and is currently a PhD candidate in the Health Sciences Integrated program at Northwestern. His current research focuses on HIV-associated malignancies, particularly cervical cancer.
Stephen Oguche, MBBS, is a trained Pediatrician including adolescent medicine and more than twenty years of clinical practice and research involving children in general and adolescence in particular afforded him the expertise, leadership, training and motivation to participate successfully in the research project/grant being sought. His research focus has been mainly in the subspecialty of infectious diseases affecting children in principally in relation to prevalent infectious diseases mainly malaria, HIV and TB and other co-infections in the main among others. He has served as PI and co-investigator in several studies. Dr. Oguche also participated in many studies investigating different pharmacological molecules some of which are now in the market. He has been involved in providing care to patients (Children), building the capacity of hundreds of health workers in Nigeria, and participating in implementation research that provide data useful for treatment policy on infectious diseases.
Ibrahim Zoakah, PhD, is currently a Professor of Community Medicine at the University of Jos, a position he has held since 2005. He is also the research coordinator of the Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos, a mentoring position to equip staff in my department to produce sound manuscripts for publication. Dr. Zoakah jointly co-authored many publications with junior faculty members through this process. He also served as the Head of Department of Community Medicine, University of Jos and Jos University Teaching Hospital. He has a wide range of training in Community Medicine in Nigeria and abroad and I have also held various academic and administrative positions at the University of Jos and Jos University Teaching Hospital. Being an accomplished Professor of Community Medicine in Nigeria, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and federal ministry of health (FMOH) in executing relevant public health projects in Nigeria.