Majekodunmi Omololuoye (MSc Public Health for Development, 2017) works as a Senior Technical Officer for FHI 360. He has oversight responsibilities for PMTCT, paediatric and adolescent HIV, and cervical cancer integration in HIV programs. Here, he describes his best memories at LSHTM and his career path since leaving the School.
“LSHTM is a great place to study, and while I went there because of the reputation, the knowledge repository I encountered was awesome. I came back from the degree and started in a higher position. The Master’s degree also provided me with the tools and concepts that I deploy today to achieve results.
“I am still in regular touch with my LSHTM tutor, Professor Brian Greenwood. He has provided advice on some issues. I also contact some of my course mates and other students I met during my study year to rub minds and tap into their knowledge resource (Rifa, Kyeba and Victor). I have also connected with the Nigerian LSHTM alumni chapter. I interacted with different alumni, and I requested to be added to the alumni association.
“One of my great memories was meeting with Professor Piot alongside other Chevening scholars. Working in HIV/AIDS before and after the Masters, Professor Piot is a giant and meeting him was memorable. My advice for current students is that LSHTM is about more than books. Immerse yourself fully in the School. Interact with faculty and students. Learn from them. London is cosmopolitan, roam freely, and study hard.
“Since graduation, I feel great knowing I have contributed to improving outcomes for mother-baby pairs in PMTCT settings. I have also contributed to improving the quality of service and outcomes for children and adolescents living with HIV by improving virologic suppression for clients enrolled in the HIV program I work on. Since October 2019, I have coordinated the rollout of cervical cancer screening services to female PLHIVs accessing HIV services. Furthermore, I have contributed to the integrated national guidelines for HIV prevention, care, treatment and support, and the child health policy document.
“Currently, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on my work. Personally, a lot of the work I do is conducted remotely. It has also changed the way services are provided for PLHIVs. In the future, I hope to acquire a PhD and contribute to both evidence base and support policy initiatives to improve maternal and child health.”