Wednesday 25 May 2022


By: Our Reporter,

Dr. Patrick Dakum is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine, Baltimore.

He leads IHVN’s CDC PEPFAR and the Global Fund programs to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

He coordinates the interdisciplinary responsibilities of the Institute for effective program output in addition to providing overall management of the Nigerian team in implementing the Institutes several projects.

He liaises with other US Government partners and the Government of Nigeria partners to ensure the success of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) ACTION Project now ACHIEVE project in the country, a project that have placed over 400,000 people living with HIV in Nigeria on treatment.

He also coordinates IHVN participation in implementing the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programs.

Through the Fogarty-sponsored UM-IHV AITRP research training grant, he is brokering a research training agenda to build the capacity of IHVN and several academic and research partners linked through the PEPFAR program.

His public health career has spanned through the telecommunication industry (NITEL), multilateral agencies (UNFPA), bilateral agencies implementing partners (AVSC, CEDPA, CIDA) and local NGOs (Help International).

Dr. Dakum has also served as Commissioner for Health and Information in Plateau State Nigeria.

As a public health physician and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria, he has led the Institute to provide HIV counseling and testing for 8.3 million individuals, anti-retroviral prophylaxis for over 85,000 pregnant women, and enrolment of more than 465,000 people into the HIV care program and over 3,000 multi-drug resistant patients into treatment.

He has attended various local and international conferences, made numerous paper presentations within and outside Nigeria, and has served as a consultant, committee member, and board member to various high-impact organizations and professional groups.

He loves to play table tennis, is a biblical scholar, and is married with children.


1977     A-levels, SBS, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria

1982     M.B.B.S., Ahmadu Bello Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria

1990    M.P.H., Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria

2001   Diploma in Theology, COCIN Theological College Member, Institute of Directors (IOD) Et Cetera.



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