1st Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin Legacy Forum: Event recap

On the 19th of July, we gathered together in Ibadan for an historic moment – the 1st Prof Babatunde Osotimehin Legacy Forum, where we celebrated a great Nigerian and a global icon, affirmed his exciting legacy of impact in the arena of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and contributed thoughts and ideas on how to move our nation forward in the area of family planning in line with the passion of the man we continue to celebrate, Prof Babatunde Osotimehin.
This year’s meeting, “Family Planning 2020 Goal: Whither Nigeria?” was well attended with over 400 attendees from across Nigeria and beyond. The 1-day event was packed with the agenda of driving progress in Family Planning in Nigeria, building on the Legacy of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin. The event, chaired by Prof. Ojengbede, a Consultant in Obstetrics/Gynaecology and the Director of the Center for Population and Reproductive Health at the College Of Medicine, University of Ibadan, was applauded by the participants as a course in the right direction as it will help the country to better improve in her commitments towards the FP2020 goals. The forum captioned robust panel discussions, voices from the field of Family Planning, Goodwill messages from Key players in the sector and the Government, Launching of the Commemorative Edition of Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin articles and an outstanding and well received Lecture delivered by Prof. Emmanuel Otolorin, the Nigeria Country Director of Jhpiego.
AHEAD President, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi opened the meeting with a warm welcome and went on to discuss the importance of the forum, he encouraged all to be part of the drive towards achieving the Family planning 2020 goals in Nigeria. He also highlighted that the forum will be an annual event, hence the next edition will hold in 2020.
Academy for Health Development wishes to use this medium to sincerely thank all the PBOLF partners -PACFaH@Scale, dRPC, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and Paaneah Foundation for making the event a success. Also, on behalf of all the partners, we hereby sincerely thank you all for your contributions to the success of the event.

A review of the 1st Professor Babatunde Osotimehin Legacy Forum would not be complete without highlighting the camaraderie and warm collegiality among discussants at the event.


We look forward to your contribution to and participation in next year’s event, which promises to be more exciting still.

1st National Conference on Adolescent Health and Development in Nigeria

Academy for Health Development (AHEAD) being a knowledge management and health development organisation, has overtime successfully managed health and scientific conferences. One of those is the 1st National Conference on Adolescent Health and Development in Nigeria, themed “Leaving No Young Person Behind. Advancing Adolescent Health in Nigeria in the SDG Era”, which was presented by the Society for Adolescent and Young Peoples’ Health in Nigeria (SAYPHIN). The conference which held at the Otunba Subomi Balogun Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria, from April 10 to 13, 2019, was preceded by a youth pre-conference session on the 10th of April, 2019.

SAYPHIN which is a multidisciplinary, non-governmental organization with a broad focus on adolescents and young people’s health, thereby presented the 1st biennial conference which aimed at bringing a significant number of stakeholders together to address key issues regarding the health and development of adolescents and young people in Nigeria. AHEAD was responsible for planning, managing and coordinating the conference activities, which included mobilising stakeholders, amongst other logistics. The conference featured scientific abstract presentations, several parallel and plenary sessions, as well as panel discussions on the issues pertaining to adolescents and young people’s health and development.

The conference had the representative of the Minister of Health present, in person of Prof. Victor Adetiloye who is the Chief Medical Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile Ife. Other notables present included Dr. Olusola Odujirin, who was the keynote speaker; Prof Oladapo Ladipo, the Chairman, Board of Trustee, SAYPHIN; among others.

The conference was a huge success as it was graced by Ministries and Organisations including the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) Nigeria, United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria, AIDS Preventive Initiative (APIN) Nigeria, BraveHeart Initiative, Nigeria, Paaneah Foundation, Nigeria, among other health organisations. Participants, especially the adolescents and young people from various higher institutions of learning in Nigeria were also present at the Conference.

The1st National Conference on Adolescent Health and Development, which lasted for three days, ended on a successful note, the next edition slated to come up in Abuja in the year 2021.

AHEAD Commemorates World Tuberculosis Day in Grand Style

Academy for Health Development in partnership with Paaneah Foundation, Nigeria commemorated World TB Day 2018 themed “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World” by organising local events to raise awareness about tuberculosis, including the importance of getting tested, adhering to treatment, and the need for new technologies to address the epidemic.

In Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, the team stormed the schools, market places and parks for a week-long campaign to commemorate the World Tuberculosis Day. School students, traders, drivers and members of the community were trained on the subject of tuberculosis. They were enlightened on the life-threatening nature of tuberculosis and the importance of getting tested and adhering to treatment. We provided platforms for participants to ask pertinent questions which ultimately have a bearing on the quality of life they would live. They were also enlightened on important facts about tuberculosis, while myths surrounding tuberculosis were dispelled.

Following the campaign, in conjunction with the TB team of the Local Government we conducted a free TB/HIV screening exercise. Furthermore students, and other members of the community suspected to have TB were requested to provide samples of their sputum for more comprehensive tests and follow-up.

The program was so impactful that the community leaders and school heads expressed immense gratitude to AHEAD for taking up the initiative to commemorate such event for the benefit of the community. In an interview with one of the students, who were the beneficiaries of the event, she noted that the event of the day widened her knowledge about TB. Majority of the students disclosed that prior to the program they had no knowledge on the subject matter of TB and the key facts. They expressed their desire that more of such platforms be created especially for vulnerable populations who are not privileged to assess quality information.