About Us: Trustees

Meet our Trustees


Dr Michael Chiemeli Asuzu – Chairman


Dr. Michael Chiemeli Asuzu is a professor of public health & community medicine at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan and holds the complementary post of honorary consultant community & occupational physician at the affiliated University College Hospital, Ibadan. He is director of the Ibarapa Community & Primary Health Care Programme,a joint programme of model community & primary health care of the College/University, the teaching hospital, the Oyo State Government, the three Ibarapa Local Government Authorities and the Ibarapa people themselves. He is also the foundation national president of the Society for Public Health Professionals of Nigeria (SPHPN).


Professor Asuzu in realization of the failure to develop an authentic national health system based on a properly functioning community health care in Nigeria, as recommended at Alma-Ata for the attainment of health-for-all, has partnered with many professional organizations and NGOs in those regards, either as officer of professional associations or chairman/member of the board of trustees of such professional public/community health associations or NGOs. His membership and chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of DHS, according to Dr. Asuzu himself, is being undertaken in furtherance of this national dedication. He has served at various times in the as Secretary and then chairman of the Faculty of Public Health of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. National publicity secretary and then chairman, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN). Head, Dept. of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan & University College Hospital, Ibadan.


Beatrice Nwamaka Eluaka - Member


Beatrice Nwamaka Eluakais Nutritionist/Dietitian with more than 30 years’ experience in Nutrition Programme Planning and Management. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Food from Howard University, Washington D.C.1980, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Pratt Institute, New York, 1979 and several Post Graduate Diplomas and Certificates in Dietetics and Food Management, Infant Nutrition, Food Science and Nutrition, Health Planning and Management, M&E of Health, Nutrition & Population Programs, from institutions within and outside Nigeria.


Between 1982 and 2011, she worked as a Nutritionist and Gender Focal Person in the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria with the responsibility for policy and programme design, implementation, monitoring and supervision including capacity building for nutrition and related health issues such as maternal, infant and young child nutrition, prevention of non-communicable diseases, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, promotion of key household practices and gender mainstreaming. She has also been involved in nutritional status surveys and project monitoring and assessment. She is a Master traineron Baby Friendly Initiative, Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling and played a key role in the development of the Health Sector Nutrition Policy as well as Guidelines and training manuals on Nutrition.


Beatrice has represented Nigeria at several regional and international fora on Nutrition and Gender. Following her retirement from the Public Service as Head of Nutrition in December 2011, she worked as an independent consultant on Nutrition and Health issues providing technical support and advice to International NGOs in her area of expertise. She was also deeply involved in the training of community health workers and setting up and mentoring community support groups for improving the nutritional status and quality of life of women and children in Nigeria.


She is currently working with Save the Children International as Nutrition Advisor to the USAID sponsored SPRING Project.  She is a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria and was at various times the Publicity Secretary, Secretary and President of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria between 1983 and 2002.


Lothar Rapior - Member


Lothar is a German employed by Lufthansa Airlines for 36 years now. He has been visiting Nigeria for over 30 years and has been involved in charity and healing work internationally. He is also involved in an international Natural Agriculture Project currently under way in Japan, Germany, England, Turkey, USA, Canada and Zambia. He sees this approach to healthier food as one way to a better and healthier life. On one of Lothar’s numerous visits to Nigeria he met Adanma Odefa, he realised Adanma’s love for her people and passion to create a healthier society were in alignment with his long term goals of creating a better and healthier life for those in need of help with achieving this, together they founded DHS. Lothar says he loves Nigeria and desires to help her people through the DHS fight against communicable and non-communicable diseases including but not limited to ; Malaria, Diabetes & Hypertension, HIV/AIDS amongst others. Lothar is the co-founder of DHS and our global liaison.


 


Adanma Odefa


Adanma is a lawyer and professional manager. She abandoned her dream of a legal career for public health upon a chance encounter that opened her eyes to the truth that her beloved dad had died of diabetes. Channelling her pain into determination, she teamed up with Lothar and founded Diabetes & Hypertension Help Society. Within 7 years of active participation in field activities, she recognised that the needs in the communities are way beyond diabetes and hypertension and commenced to meet those needs. Thus the organisation evolved into Diverse Health Help Society (DHS).


Adanma is a health columnist (Leadership Newspaper and National Assembly Magazine). She is also the producer/presenter of AIT’s Kaakaki Health Segment which she has used as a spring board to champion charitable causes over the past 2 years such as building a secondary school for an orphanage in Abuja and equipping a Sickle Cell free clinic for children in Kaduna through her annual event – Kaakaki 5KM Charity Health Run.


Amongst other capacities, Adanma has served  on the Minister of Health’s Technical Working Group to plan Nigeria’s participation in the United Nations General Assembly Summit (UNGAS) 2011. She also represented Nigeria as a Delegate to the UNGAS 2011. She served in the Local Organising Committee of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria which planned and convened its National Conference in 2011. Adanma has written numerous articles on various health issues, featured in several magazines, newspapers, radio and TV stations as well as presented papers at several workshops and seminars around the world.  Of recent, she has become a strong advocate of Youth & Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health.