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Directorate of Research and Innovation


Committed to ensuring functional and development compliant systems in the Nigerian public health system through evidence generation, assessment, review, contextualization and design of functional solutions, development of the underpinning management systems and processes building on what exists and to filling identified service and system gaps.


Evidence based solutions to Nigerian health Systems issues, capacity development for quality service delivery

UNIZIK RID® employs emerging and working diagnostic approaches including guided research, future search, positive deviant and appreciative inquiry approaches in project design and management of processes and development of systems which are rooted in state and national policies and statutes.


The UNIZIK RID is a Directorate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University at Awka created for the purposes of forging a functional relationship of the town and gown and for providing consultancy services to organizations and individuals using the array of expertise in the University.


  • Disease Surveillance
  • Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization
  • Disease Prevention and Control
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Vector Control
  • Pest Management

Under the World Bank funded Malaria Booster Project, UNIZIK RID members trained, deployed, supervised and monitored 3000 Community oriented Persons (CoRPs) for community management of malaria in the State as well as development and deployment of programme management solutions to the SMEP under the DFID-funded SuNMaP Project as well as supporting the QISS rollout under the SOML Project all in the State (World Bank Reports, SuNMaP Reports)

Key Project Team Members

Prof Charles Okechukwu EsimoneB Pharm, M Pharm, PhDProject Lead, Head, Logistics Management and Supply chain Management
Prof. Obioma C. NwaorguBSc, PhD Public Health ParasitolofyProgramming, Health System Expert
Professor Dennis N. AribodorBSc, MSc, PhD Public Health ParasitologyHealth system expert & IVM & Prevention
Prof Ed NwobodoPhD DMed Ed, IfmeHealth system, Policy, Innovations & QISS
Prof. Uche AmazigoBSc, PhD Public Health ParasitologyProgramming, Health System Expert
Anigbogu Kingsley C.BSc M.Sc. Sociology/ Anthropology (Industrial Sociology)ACSM and BCC
Mrs. Ogechukwu B. AribodorBSc. MSc. Public health ParasitologyPrevention and malaria in pregnancy (MIP)
Dr. Harrison O. EtagaBSc, MSc, Ph.D. (Statistics)M&E and QISS
Prof Oby EmelumaluMBBS, FWACPCase Management/MIP
Prof Glad AhanekuMBBS FWACPCase Management/MIP
Prof. Chinyere S. OkunnaPhD Mass CommunicationACSM/ BCC and News Media
Pham (Dr) Obinna EkwunifePhD Pharmacy and LMIS certificationProcurement and supply chain logistics (within the framework of the National procurement policy and fiscal responsibility laws)
Dr Obiora O. IkpezeDVM, MSc, PhDVector control and malaria Prevention
Mrs. J. I. OjukwuBSc, ICANProject accounting and reporting

Digest of the Profile of the UNIZIK RID

i. Name of Firm: UNIZIK Research and Innovation Directorate (Biomedical Unit)

ii. Core Business: Health system research and evidence generation, management, training and systems development. iii. Website :

iv. Description: A Directorate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka created for the purposes of providing evidence based, wider perspective , multi-disciplinary solutions to national health system issues including capacity building

v. Business Address: UNIZIK Campus, Awka

vi. Email:;

vii. Phone: 08062835781

viii. Bankers: First Bank. Zenith Bank. Others