Afape Ayobami Oyekunle
Afape Ayobami Oyekunle is a public health professional, researcher and data analyst with over five years of professional experience. At both the local and international levels, he has worked with governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as international development agencies to implement global health projects on HIV, tuberculosis, sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, and COVID-19, among others, in low and middle-income countries.
He earned his first degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria in 2017. As a DAAD Scholarship recipient, he earned his master’s degree in International Health in 2021 from the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
He has a strong interest in disease prevention and control, health systems strengthening, primary health care, health financing, health insurance and universal health coverage. He is an advocate for health-related Sustainable Development Goals and global health goals.
He has versatile leadership and effective communication skills. He is a trained peer educator trainer for reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention. During his National Youth Service Year (NYSC) in Kaduna, he served as the president of the Nigerian Corper HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign Club (NICAAC) – a youth-led, and youth-focus organization focused on improving access of adolescents and young people to sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and life skills education and to reduce the spread of HIV epidemic in Nigeria. He was a Youth Social Media Advocate with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria between 2019 and 2021. During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he supported Kaduna State epidemiology and surveillance teams for early detection, reporting and investigation of COVID-19 using the Surveillance, Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) platform. His current memberships include the International AIDS Society (IAS), Society for Adolescent and Young People’s Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and the African Forum for Primary Health Care (AfroPHC). At Strategia Institute, Netherlands, he is a postgraduate diploma student in monitoring and evaluation. As a result of his extensive training and experience, he has obtained certifications in Leadership Management and Governance for Health Systems Strengthening, Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage, Result Based Management and Planning for Monitoring and Evaluation.