COUNTDOWN Nigeria Team


Programme Management Team at Sightsavers


Dr Sunday Isiyaku - COUNTDOWN Nigeria Country Director

Sightsavers Country Director (Nigeria & Ghana)

Dr Isiyaku holds a doctorate degree in Zoology specializing in Entomology and Parasitology from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State Nigeria. He started his career as a Research Officer in the Nigeria Institute of Trypanosomiasis and Onchocerciasis Research Institute in Kaduna in 1992 and joined Sightsavers in 1997as a Project Officer in the Nigeria Country Officer and rose through the ranks to become Country Director in 2009. He has over two decade experience in programme management and operational research.  Has good technical knowledge of research in Neglected Tropical Diseases and control activities. 

Sunday has participated in many WHO/TDR multi-disciplinary and multi-country studies on NTDs and delivery of community health programmes.


Luret Lar - COUNTDOWN Research Manager

Luret is a Public Health Physician. She did her undergraduate training in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Jos, Nigeria in 2003 and Fellowships of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) in Public Health (FMCPH-2010) and the West African College of Physicians in Community Health (FWACP-CH-2013) after completing the Residency training at the Jos University Teaching Hospital.  

She has received several awards, notable among them is the Bandipo Prize for the Best Candidate in the Part II Examinations of the NPMCN in the Principles and Practices of Public Health in 2010. Dr Lar then moved on to working at the University of Jos (Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medical Sciences) in 2011 as a Lecturer and got promoted in 2014 to the rank of Senior Lecturer.

Dr Lar teaches undergraduate medical students Health Services Management and International Health, supervises their projects. She has taught and trained Resident Doctors on the Principles and Practices of Public Health for close to a decade.

Her research interests are in Health Systems Strengthening Research and Public Health Nutrition. Dr Lar has several publications in local and international, peer reviewed journals.



Stephen Akinola Oluwole PhD - Research Officer 

Dr Akinola Oluwole holds a BSc in Zoology from University of Ilorin with MSc and PhD in Parasitology from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

Dr Oluwole has about ten years’ experience working on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) such as onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil transmitted helminthiasis and trichomoniaisis and is currently employing geo-spatial tools in disease mapping and epidemiology of parasitic diseases.

His research has been published in notable international peer-reviewed journals. Prior to his current role, he has worked as Research Assistant in Spatial Parasitology and Health GIS Research Lab, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and as a Consultant on Monitoring and Evaluation of NTDs in Nigeria for international and national organisations such as World Health Organization/African Programme for Onchocerciasis, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria, MITOSATH and Sightsavers.

He is a member of professional bodies such as International Society for Infectious Diseases, Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, African Research Network for Neglected Tropical Disease and American Society for Microbiology and has won several awards and grants.


Kabirudeen Salami PhD - Social Scientist

Dr Salami is a social scientist trained in public health fields. He has over 10 years of expertise and experience in formative research, operations research and implementation research on public health issues.

He currently teaches as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Dr Salami has a PhD in Medical Sociology, and a Masters in Medical Sociology both from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He also holds a Certificate in Applied Gerontology from the University of North Texas, Denton, USA.

As a committed social researcher and public health practitioner, his work experiences have focused on the health needs of populations in urban and remote areas of Nigeria. He has provided technical and programmatic support on a short term basis to a variety of local and international non-governmental organisations in Nigeria. 

As a result-oriented social scientist, who is often keen on achieving population-level improvement in well-being and more effective public health practice, most of his works have always harnessed theoretical orientation with implementation in research communities using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. A particular interest and strength of Dr Salami's is qualitative-based research with application to public health programme designs.


Programme Management Team at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH)


Dr Ifeoma Anagbogu - COUNTDOWN Lead at the Federal Ministry of Health

Dr.  Anagbogu is Director of the Nigerian NTD control programme and National Coordinator for Guinea Worm Eradication in Nigeria. Ifeoma has been working on NTDs since 1984 and has worked on numerous campaigns to create awareness on NTDs especially in IDP camps. 

She has been instrumental in mapping NTDs across the length and breadth of Nigeria.


Okoko Philip Oyale - COUNTDOWN Deputy Lead at FMoH

Philip is an Assistant Director/Programme Manager, on the Yaws Elimination Programme (YEP), Neglected Tropical Diseases Division at the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. He holds an MSc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacognosy-option) and an MPhil with specialization in Epidemiology and Community Health.

He has a keen interest in research with a focus on the NTDs and particularly on epidemiological interpretations as well as Monitoring and Evaluation.

He currently represents the Federal Ministry of Health on the COUNTDOWN Team Nigeria.



Oluwatosin B. Adekeye - Social Scientist

Dr Adekeye has been involved with the Tropical Diseases Research of World Health Organisation on several funded studies as a social scientist, co-investigator, and facilitator for qualitative data management. USAID, Sightsavers (investigator and social scientist), African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (social scientist and, co-investigator), UNDP, DFID and EUPRIME. He has been involved in monitoring and evaluating programs within Nigeria and other African countries.

He holds a Diploma in law (DIL) from the Ahmadu Bello University, a Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Jos and a Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Ibadan . Other training received includes qualitative software analysis, and SPSS.

Dr Adekeye is currently Chief Clinical Psychologist and head of Psychology unit of the department of Psychiatry ABUTH Shika Zaria. He is an honorary research fellow at the Federal Neuro-psychiatric hospital Barnawa-Kaduna. He has an associate lecturer in the department of Psychology University of Ibadan.

He has published papers in both local and international journals with a lot of presentations at seminars and workshops.



Damian B. Lawong PhD - Health Economist

Dr Lawong holds a PhD in Economics, Certificate in Health Economics and Certificate in Management in Health.

He is a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria since 2005 and a Health Economics lecturer and Researcher; Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP).

He has worked as a Health Economist on Economics of Onchocerciasis Disease on the CDIT study.



Imargir Hassan - Administration/Finance

Ms Hassan holds a BSc Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Uyo both in Nigeria.

She has over 10 years’ experience in banking, finance and financial management. Prior to joining the COUNTDOWN project, she worked as a part-time volunteer with the Kaduna State NTD project.