Oro-ghene (Oros) Adia has a decade of experience in Public Health and Program Management and is the Deputy Head of Programming at Catholic Relief Service (CRS) in Nigeria. With a Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Wales UK, he has been working on Polio vaccination campaigns in Nigeria since 2013.
He was instrumental in the startup of Bauchi and Yobe states Polio Emergency Operations Centres in Nigeria, and the deployment of GIS maps for micro-planning, GPS devices for tracking vaccination teams, and GIS-enabled tablets for mop-up and outbreak response campaigns. Working with Community-Based Organizations, he oversees the CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) which provides a network of community volunteers who raise awareness of vaccination benefits both for campaigns and routine schedules, deploying risk communication and community engagement techniques and tools.
He is a member of the Emergency Operations Centre where technical assistance is provided to increase the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination across project’s states. He has deployed impactful field supervision techniques for campaigns and routine activities for better outcomes. Furthermore, he leads the community-based surveillance for infectious diseases and now inclusive priority zoonotic diseases under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) project.
He received a CRS Global Recognition Award 2021, and he is a member of Rotary International. For hobbies, he loves travelling, driving and music.