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Chizoba
Barbara
Wonodi
,
MBBS

Associate Scientist
Chizoba Wonodi

Departmental Affiliations

Primary
Division
Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Info

415 N Wolfe St, 5th Floor
Baltimore
Maryland
21205
US        

Research Interests

Immunization; vaccination; health systems research; implementation science research; policy advocacy; primary health care; sustainable immunization financing
Experiences & Accomplishments
Education
DrPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2009
MPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2004
MBBS
University of Benin
1991
Overview
Dr. Chizoba Wonodi is public health physician with over twenty-seven years’ research and program experience in Africa, Asia and America. She serves as the Nigeria Country Director at the International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC). In this role, she leads an important portfolio of work on technical assistance, implementation research and policy advocacy to improve immunization service delivery and primary health care systems in the country. She is currently the principal investigator for a Gates Foundation-funded project to improve immunization uptake by sending SMS messages to inform, educate and remind caregivers of their child’s vaccinations. Implemented as a cluster randomized trial, this intervention – the Immunization Reminder and Information SMS System – is intentionally large in scope to demonstrate how innovations like SMS reminders can be taken to scale.

In keeping with her focus on public health practice, Dr. Wonodi founded the Women Advocates for Vaccine Access (WAVA), a coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria advocating for increased uptake of vaccines and for sustainable financing of immunization programs. WAVA serves as the secretariat for the national platform, the Expanded Civil Society Initiative for Immunization (ECSII) in Nigeria. At the global level, Dr. Wonodi holds the vice chair position of the Gavi CSO Platform Steering Committee, a body that coordinates Civil Societies active in immunization.
Honors & Awards
The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute scholarship for masters degree - 2003
The Bill and Melinda Gates Institute scholarship for doctorate studies - 2004
The Carolyn Cochrane Fellowship - 2006
The Population Reference Bureau Fellowship - 2007