Gabriel, is the former Regional Focal Point for West Africa for the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. He is a dynamic advocate on HIV prevention sciences, focusing on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), treatment as prevention (TasP), condom programming, medical male circumcision, HIV vaccine, PMTCT programming and microbicide development.
Gabriel graduated from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Nigeria with a degree in Medical Physiology with a focus on immunology, epidemiology and Neurophysiology.
He is the moderator for the group Students for Microbicides (S4M), geared toward engaging young people in advocacy around new biomedical prevention technologies on HIV/AIDS/STIs.
Gabriel is also a member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), and the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Society (NHVMAS).
He was part of a youth delegation representing Nigeria at the 2011 UN General Assembly Special Session High Level Meetings on HIV/AIDS in New York where he advocated for the full inclusion of young people into the AIDS response at the country level.
He was also the voice of young people at the UNAIDS Africa-wide Civil Society Organizations Universal Access Progress Review meeting on HIV/AIDS and at the All African Ministers of Health meeting in 2011, Windhoek, Namibia. He advocated to scientists and researchers about including young people at trial sites and being participants in various HIV research programs at the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) meeting in London, 2012.
Gabriel was a leader in the UNAIDS’ CrowdOutAIDS project, designed to crowdsource youth perspectives on the UN’s youth policies. He organized both offline and online forums in rural communities and also presented the overall strategic document to Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS’ Executive Director in Abuja, Nigeria. Gabriel is well known for his active participation in grassroots and rural advocacies of sexual and reproductive health issues and advocacy for reproductive health commodity services. He single-handedly organized a serminar to commemorate the World HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) on May 18th to discuss vaccine trials, results, etc with other youth-led NGO based in Abuja, Nigeria.
At the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington DC, Gabriel was a speaker on two sessions:
- Research for New HIV Prevention Technologies: Community Perspectives.
- Is the Scientific and Programming Community Ignoring Condoms—The Visible Yet Invisible Method that is proven to prevent the Transmission of HIV?
Other core presentations of his are;
- Some Hematological Parameters in HIV-Positive Adults Who Have Been on ART for Twenty Four Months and are Attending HIV/AIDS Clinic at National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria
- Abnormalities of serum lipid profile and creatinine in HIV-positive adults on ART attending HIV/AIDS Clinic at National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria
- Accelerating New Biomedical HIV Prevention Technologies (Microbicides) Acceptability: Roles of NGOs and CBOs
Gabriel derives pleasure and joy when working on youth based project and also at the grassroots and he loves to effect positive change in any community he serves and find himself.
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Gabriel, is the former Regional Focal Point for West Africa for the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. He is a dynamic advocate on HIV prevention sciences, focusing on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), treatment as prevention (TasP), condom...