Samuel Oji Oti
Senior Research Officer
Samuel's responsibilities include supervision of field activities for research programs; implementation of field quality control; monitoring and evaluation; data analysis and interpretation; preparation of technical reports and papers for peer review publications; and proposal writing. He specifically coordinates field work for two main projects at APHRC, the first being a study aimed at implementing a cost-effective, sustainable and scalable model for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in resource poor settings (SCALE UP project). The second is the Verbal Autopsy project that aims to determine cause of death and burden of disease profile among slum residents in Nairobi.
Education: He holds a Master of Science (Medicine) degree in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa (2008), and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Jos, Nigeria (2004).
Samuel is a qualified medical doctor and trained epidemiologist with about eight years of experience in medical and public health research and practice. His work experience spans the African continent including Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Dr. Oti has also served on various technical committees such as the UNAIDS working group on measuring concurrency, and the World Health Organization/Kenya Ministry of Health working group on the review on the National Health Policy Framework, to mention a few. He is published in a number of peer reviewed journals and has made several presentations at conferences across the world.
Prior to joining APHRC in 2008, Samuel worked as a health intern with a Monitoring & Evaluation company in Johannesburg, South Africa where he was involved in several case studies for PEPFAR-funded Orphans and Vulnerable Children programmes in South Africa. He is also a trained data quality auditor and has performed several assessments of data management systems for USAID/PEPFAR partner organizations in South Africa. Between 2004 and 2007, Samuel worked as a medical officer at General Hospital Kabba, Nigeria; and as a house officer with Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria.
Samuel's research interests include maternal and child health and infectious disease epidemiology. He is driven by an irrepressible desire to change the world we live in for the better.
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