Pharm. Dr. Mrs. Dorothy Affiong Nyambi OQUA (nee Nyambi) is currently the Country Director for Howard University-Pharmaceutical Care and Continuing Education (HU-PACE) Centre in Nigeria. She also serves as Director, Howard University Global Initiative, Nigeria and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington D.C. She has led the Howard University Nigeria team effort since 2007 to strengthen pharmacy systems and build pharmacists’ capacity to provide high quality pharmacy services to HIV infected clients and their families in Nigeria through public health programs funded by the United States Presidential Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief.
Born on the 19th of September 1957, Dr Oqua holds B. Pharm degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as well as a M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Technology and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the King’s College London, University of London.
Dr. Oqua’s contributions to pharmacy spans hospital pharmacy practice, administration and policy making, community pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical research and development as well as in service training for all cadres of pharmacy personnel including senior pharmacists, pharmacy interns, pharmacy technicians as well as nurses and community health officers in the public and private sector. In the course of her career, Dr. Oqua has acquired valuable experience in many aspects of pharmacy which she has brought to bear on the various public service assignments that she has been involved in.
Starting out in 1981, Dr Oqua worked as a hospital pharmacist at the St Margaret’s Hospital, Calabar, General Hospital, Sokoto and the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, until November 2002, when, because of a personal desire for a change in career path, she left as Chief Pharmacist, to take up an appointment as Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, (NIPRD) Abuja from 2003. Besides research and development, she was also responsible for coordinating pharmacy based trainings and other technical assistance as required, on behalf of NIPRD, for Howard University Continuing Education-Pharmacists and Continuing Education (HUCE-PACE) Centre on the public health program, Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Nigeria (GHAIN).
In 2007, she was appointed by Howard University as Deputy Project Director to provide direct in-country supervision to the GHAIN project, a position she used to strengthen pharmacy practice in project supported pharmacies through capacity building of hospital pharmacists and skill enhancement updates for community pharmacists. Under her leadership, the GHAIN project served as a platform that highlighted a specific clinical role for both hospital and community pharmacists in the prevention, treatment, care and support of people living with HIV/AIDS as well as their families in Nigeria.
The accomplishments by the Howard University-PACE Nigeria Team under her leadership has continued under the Sustaining Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Response through Partnership (SCHARP) program funded by CDC and the Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) program by USAID. These public health programs have served as platforms to expand the role of pharmacists in HIV/AIDS health care delivery in Nigeria to include not just the provision of pharmaceutical care and drug inventory management but also HIV Counselling and Testing, TB screening and linkages and the supervision of primary health care centers without adequate human resource. The programs have further strengthened the unique role of the community pharmacy as a first point of contact for clients seeking care as well as the role of the Lady Pharmacist as a resource for addressing gender issues faced by women, adolescents and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Oqua has received commendations for her work both internationally and in Nigeria. She is married with three children to Engr. Bassey Ika Oqua.