Coronavirus (1205) Update: Invitation to the International Symposium on COVID-19 Vaccines Hesitancy, 2 April

31 March, 2021

Dear Partners and Stakeholders in COVID-19 Vaccinations,

Afrihealth Optonet Association is a community-focused civil society organization [CSOs] network/think-tank of about 1000 CSOs with interests in the promotion of Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and achievement/realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in the global South. AFRIHEALTH Network and its members are involved in Health [Universal Health Coverage, HIV/AIDS, TB, FP/RH and Malaria - prevention, treatment, impact mitigation, care and support]; Vaccinations/Immunizations; Preventing/Controlling poverty-related Diseases; Nutrition and Food Security; Energy and Environment; and Empowerment, Gender/women empowerment, Good Governance and Human Rights. Incorporated in Nigeria as a not-for-profit, non-religious and non-partisan registered trustees in 2003, AFRIHEALTH uses Partnerships/Collaborations (PPP); Advocacy and Mobilisations; Research/Evidence-Generation (reviews, assessment, oversight, conferences, symposiums, seminars); Capacity Development/Training and Organizational Strengthening; Outreaches/Community Interventions; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) - called PARCOM Strategy to achieve its objectives; while focusing on rural and poor urban communities, marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations especially women, children, adolescents and elderly; and exploring the nexus/interlinkages between Health, Energy and Environment - including renewable ennergy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, climate change, biodiversity and ecosystems; Nutrition and Food Security, and Gender, Good Governance/Democracy and Human Rights. Its target beneficiaries include the poorest of the poor, children/infants and orphans, women, youth/adolescents, vulnerable population/groups and the elderly in rural and urban/suburban communities. Afri-health Optonet Association has a Consultative Status at the United Nations ECOSOC.

Afrihealth Optonet Association specially invites you and all stakeholders in vaccines and immunization to the international symposium on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy.




Dr. Fausal Shuaib.

Executive Director,

National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA),

Abuja, Nigeria


1. Hon. Prof. Julius O. Ihonvbere, OON; Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, National Assembly, Abuja, Nigeria

2. Brig. General S. Ibrahim, Ph.D; Director General, National Youth Sevice Corps (NYSC), Abuja, Nigeria


1. UNITED STATES: Dr. Dorothy Umoh; COVID-19 frontline nurse, Matrix Medical Network, USA

2. NIGERIA: Engr Wilcox Onyemekeihia; Secretary of Programmes to the SSA on Youth Affairs, Cross River State, Nigeria

3. FRANCE: Bernard Seytre; Advisor on COVID-19 communication for the West African Health Organization (WAHO)


Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje.

CEO and United Nations Representative

Afrihealth Optonet Association [CSOs Network]

DATE: 2 April 2021

TIME: 1.00pm West African Time (WAT)

VENUE: Virtual via Zoom (the registration link is provided below)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Kindly share this invitation to/with your networks and all stakeholders.

Attached is the Symposium flyer. [HIFA does not carry attachments - NPW]

We look forward to your participation.

Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje.

Project Director/CEO;

Coalition for Vaccines, Vitamins and Immunizations for All [CoVIA] Project/

Afrihealth Optonet Association - an NGO (CSOs Network) with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC).

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HIFA profile: Uzodinma Adirieje is a Health and Development Systems Strengthening and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, Writer/Columnist, Health Economist, Health & Environment/Energy/Climate Development Advocate, Fed. Govt Accredited Management Trainer/Facilitator, Evaluator & Certified Management Consultant. He is CEO & UN/ECOSOC Representative of Afrihealth Optonet Association - a 22-years old civil society network/coalition of about 600 member-organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Haiti, Malawi and Uganda with focus on Health, Energy/Environment, Nutrition/Food Security, and Gender/Good Governance/Human Rights using Partnerships, Advocacy, Research, Capacity Dev't, Outreaches, Monitoing & Evaluation (M&E). Among other professional services, he’s also the Chairman, Civil Society Organizations Strategy Group on Sustainable Dev’t Goals (CSOSG-SDGs) in Nigeria; Country Group Lead, Civil Society Consultations on 2020 Voluntary National Review (VNR) of the SDGs, Nigeria; Executive Secretary, Nigeria Universal Health Coverage Actions Network (NUHCAN); National President, Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE); Member, National Core Working Group on 2020 Voluntary National Review (CWG-VNR), Nigeria; President, Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria (SOCSEEN). He was roject Director of the UNDEF-funded Project which promoted the SDGs in 81 Niger Delta communities (2017-2018) and Chairman, national World Malaria Day Committee 2019 in Nigeria.