Dr. Oladipo Abiodun Rauf

Dr. Oladipo Abiodun Rauf has nearly 15 years experience in nutrition, public health and international development. His work in public health and nutrition in Nigeria ranges from extensive experience in community health service delivery; to health and nutrition program design; to implementation, monitoring and management of health programs including Polio eradication and HIV/AIDS; training of health staff; and research in public health.

A Nigerian national, Rauf joined Nutrition International in 2011 and became Director of Nutrition International in Nigeria in 2013. In this role, he oversees all of Nutrition International’s micronutrient deficiency programs in Nigeria that focus on key interventions to reduce vitamin A deficiency, zinc deficiency in children under-five years of age, iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy and iodine deficiency disorders. He manages Nutrition International Nigeria office and is working towards expanding its current mandates.

Rauf trained in Human Medicine and Surgery at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, and graduated as a registered medical doctor (MB; BS degree). He has a Certificate in Nutrition from Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, USA and earned his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Public Health from the West African Postgraduate College in Bobo-DiouLasso, Burkina Faso. He has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and trained as a Senior Registrar in Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital in Nigeria. He is also certified as a Registered Medical Practitioner by the Medical and Dental Council of Abuja, Nigeria.

Rauf worked with the Federal University Teaching Hospital as a Senior Registrar in Community Health and as a Public Health Practitioner, overseeing programs at both the state and local government levels. There, he was also involved in the delivery of health services, training of medical students and medical research. He worked as a Consultant and Data Manager on the Evaluation of Community Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria, a project run by the Amsterdam Institute for International Development (AIID) and several other national NGOs. He has completed training in many areas of health management and research methodologies, presented scientific papers at several workshops and conferences, and has had many of his studies published in reputable national and international journals.

Rauf’s key achievements as Director of Nutrition International Nigeria include:

  • Supporting the Federal Ministry of Health’s Child Health Unit in reviewing the national Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Guidelines for the treatment of diarrhoeal disease.
  • Contributing to the development of the five-year National Essential Medicine Scale-up Plan for Nigeria.
  • In partnership with other stakeholders, assisting in the development of the Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) guidelines for Nigeria to allow Child Health Week workers to distribute essential medicines.
  • Supporting the review of the MNCHW national guidelines and training manuals for VAS delivery in Nigeria.
  • Supporting the revision of the national MNCHW Monitoring and Tracking System and tools in Nigeria.
  • Designing and supporting the conduct of baseline surveys focusing on zinc, iron and folic acid in selected states of northern Nigeria.
  • Supporting the State Ministry of Health and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) in northern Nigeria in developing annual costed integrated health plans and medium term procurement and distribution plans.