Dr. Chizoba Wonodi, an assistant scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been appointed vice chair of the CSO (civil society organizations) group of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which brings together the public and private sectors to provide equal access to childhood vaccines in low-income countries. She will hold a leadership role on the CSO Platform Steering Committee, a body that coordinates CSOs that focus on getting vaccines to all who need them.
Dr. Wonodi is the Nigeria country director at the International Vaccine Access Center, based at the Bloomberg School in the department of international health. A public health physician with over 25 years of experience on projects in Africa, Asia and the U.S., she leads a portfolio of work to improve immunization service delivery and primary health care systems in Nigeria. She is the principal investigator for a Gates Foundation project to evaluate the use of Short Message Service (SMS) messaging to inform, educate and remind caregivers about their children’s vaccinations.
Dr. Wonodi obtained her medical degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria. She obtained her DrPH and MPH degrees at the Bloomberg School in 2009 and 2004, respectively.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on August 16