A day in the life of Emmanuel Oyetunde Olaoti

IAS member and Senior Officer at the Society for Family Health (SFH) Nigeria

I coordinate the Global Fund Malaria project in Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa which are three states of North Central Nigeria. My organization, the Society for Family Health (SFH), is the principal recipient of the Round 8 grant of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the private sector in Nigeria. Essentially, SFH works with government, civil society organizations, communities and partners to improve the health of the population through public health programmes. Main objectives of the programme are universal coverage of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets, scaling up of malaria diagnosis, and general improvement of the treatment of malaria in Nigeria. I am the contact point between my organization and programme partners; I am also managing programme activities such as community mobilization, data quality audits, research and training.

Apart from this primary function, I contribute to my organization’s Sexual and Reproductive Health programmes by participating in community dialogues and organizational development trainings aimed at strengthening the capacity of indigenous non-governmental and community based organizations in Nigeria.

As I have a background as a trained Peer Educator, I dedicate my spare time mentoring young people and actively mobilize them for existing and potential opportunities.

A typical work day for me starts by mapping out my “to-do” list for the day and discussing the day’s plans with my supervisor. My day usually involves a series of routine oversight activities which include unscheduled visit to sub-recipients, random selection of health facilities to visit for price intelligence and on the spot data quality mentoring, data quality audits with sub-recipients, advocacy to religious/community leaders, governmental agencies and healthcare providers’ associations as well as monitoring of community mobilization activities. The day may include an attendance of the Roll Back Malaria Partners’ Meeting in one of the states I oversee or coordination of a training activity targeting healthcare providers. My work day ultimately ends with a review of the day’s activities.

Being at ICASA 2011 gave me the opportunity to share my experience with other participants and learn from them. I took maximum advantage of the high quality skills building sessions at the conference by making sure I attended at least one skills building session daily. I made very useful contacts I wouldn’t have made if I wasn’t at the conference and I had a ritual of not ending the day without visiting the Community Village, the IAS Booth and the Condomize Zone as I took special interest in activities holding in those centres. I was particularly elated to have been successful at mobilizing new members for the IAS. Finally, I ensured I had time to discover a little of the city of Addis Ababa…the aroma of the rich coffee, the flavours of local cuisine and the beautiful sights are still fresh in my memory.