Dr. Morenike Ukpong, is a trained pediatric dentist and holds a Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons and a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry, as well as a Masters in Business Administration. For the last 12 years she has worked in the HIV/AIDS field in Nigeria, regionally, and internationally, particularly in building capacity to enable communities engage effectively in HIV prevention research.
Dr. Ukpong has extensive experience in program and project management, including design, planning, training, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Her particular expertise is in the development of curricula and implementation of capacity-building training and workshops including those on research literacy. She has worked with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) to develop national training manuals for persons most at risk for HIV infection, such as men who have sex with men, drug users, and sex workers; with NELA to develop and implement home base care for PLWHIV training curriculum; with NHVMAS to develop and implement training curricula for laypersons on research protocol review and research monitoring; and with Population Council, Nigeria to develop and implement the sexual diversity training curriculum.
Previously, Dr. Ukpong was Community Liaison Officer for the Microbicide Trial Network (MTN) and, as a member of its Executive Committee, ensured that community concerns were addressed in research protocols from the concept stage through implementation and result dissemination.
She is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Child Dental Health, and also the Coordinator for Health Profession Education Unit of the Institute of Public Health both within the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.