Experts

Kwasi Torpey, MD, PhD, MPH

Director, Technical Support

Areas of expertise

  • HIV prevention, care and treatment
  • HIV and AIDS: Health
  • Infectious and tropical diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • International public health
  • Research
  • Public health programming
  • Health systems strengthening

Projects & Resources

  • The Community-Based Access to Injectables (CBA2I) project aims to provide universal access to reproductive health services among underserved populations in Nigeria.

  • Working under the Global Fund Round 9 Projects, FHI 360 is supporting HIV testing and counseling services in the South-South and North-East geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

Published Research

  • Investigating client perception and attitude to decentralization of HIV/AIDS treatment services to primary health centres in three Nigerian states
    Onwujekwe O, Chikezie I, Mbachu C, Chiegil R, Torpey K, Uzochukwu B
    Health Expect 2016 Oct; 19(5): 1111-20. [Journal Impact Factor: 3.207]

    The study examined client perception and attitude toward decentralization of antiretroviral treatment services from central hospitals to primary health centers. The findings imply that scale-up of treatment services to primary health centers would be widely accepted and probably would result in increased uptake. But, this must be accompanied by targeted behavior change interventions for clients who, for the fear of disclosure and stigma, would still not access care from proximate facilities.

  • Challenges faced by caregivers of vulnerable children in Cross River State and Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria
    Gana C, Oladele E, Saleh M, Makanjuola O, Gimba D, Magaji D, Odusote T, Khamofu H, Torpey K
    Vulnerable Child Youth Stud 2016 Jan; 11 (1): 24-32. [Journal Impact Factor: n/a]

    This study describes the characteristics of caregivers, the relationships between caregivers and their children, and the experiences and challenges of caring for orphans and vulnerable children faced by caregivers in the community. Challenges included lack of access to education, barriers to good nutrition, inadequate clothing and shelter, and lack of psychosocial support. To meet the essential needs of orphans and vulnerable children, the authors recommend that government donor and civil society agencies prioritize economic empowerment of these caregivers.

  • Examining geographic and socio-economic differences in outpatient and inpatient consumer expenditures for treating HIV/AIDS in Nigeria
    Onwujekwe OE, Ibe O, Torpey K, Dada S, Uzochukwu B, Sanwo O
    J Int AIDS Soc 2016 Feb; 19 (1): 20588. [Journal Impact Factor: 5.090]

    The authors examined the cost of household HIV/AIDS treatment to quantify the magnitude of the economic burden of HIV/AIDS to different population groups in Nigeria. Improving access to HIV treatment services and introducing financial risk protection mechanisms, such as health insurance, will reduce costs for people living with HIV and their households. The information in the study will provide a basis for increased action toward a reduction of household economic burden caused by HIV/AIDS treatment.

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