College of Health Sciences
Dr Ernest Ekong, MD, MPH, Ph.D., FACP, is Contributing Faculty, School of Health Sciences where he teaches in the PhD/DrPH Epidemiology (Public Health) class. He is also Director, Health Programs, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, USA, and Director, Prevention, Care and Treatment of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) a comprehensive PEPFAR Implementing Partner. In his present role, he provides leadership and direction for comprehensive integration of health care services, program and fiscal management, as well as strategic vision for a sustainable quality care and support in all IHVN programs. He develops regional, state and LGA specific strategies that incorporate clinical medical evidence and science and population based planning and intervention while ensuring that the services are managed prudently and within the agreed financial guidelines. He also plays a leading role in identifying gaps and defining priority TB/HIV basic and operational research areas.
He is also the immediate past Country Director of the Harvard University’s PEPFAR program in Nigeria, where he provided overall leadership and management, and was the primary liaison with CDC/USAID/US Government group and Harvard building linkages with national and international organizations to influence and improve national health care systems. With his vast experience, he is used to designing of strategies in various areas of global health, family planning, maternal and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, infectious diseases, gender and youth studies, Partnership Frameworks, implementation plans and monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems. He has published in a number of peer-reviewed and other scientific journals.