"I am particularly grateful to the entire management of EFMC, the US HHS/CDC that provided the scholarship which enabled me to participate in the training free of charge as well as the key external resource person that did a wonderful job at the training, Dr Peter Nsubuga.
1) It was easy for me to find out that many of the courses I ran in my International Health Policy and Management (Policy track) here which was in any involved measuring of health systems performance continually reminded me of my NPMEC training at Kubwa. As the methodologies in those courses did not deviate from that which I learned at NPMEC, I found the understanding of those courses increasingly easier afterall.
2) When the Heller School, Brandeis University needed a Teaching Assistant (TA) to help a Professor coming from Oxfam America to teach M & E course at the School, I put myself up and after an oral interview to verify my claims to a prior exposure to M & E training, the Oxfam America Prof was obviously excited to tell the School she was willing to work with me and I was on that same day hired as the T.A for M & E course. For a period of 6 weeks I saw myself as part of the teaching of M & E at the Heller School of Brandeis University between April 5 and May 16, 2013.
3) I also recall how the principles I learned from NPMEC course helped my being hired to work as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, in Heller School here. In that case, the Principal Investigator, in demonstration of his delight at my performance at the oral and computer-based test immediately after the interview in December 2013.
In both (2) and (3) scenarios, I was paid.
In summary, I can say that the NPMEC 2012 has had a tremendous impact in my career growth in the past 10 months since finishing the training and I continue to thank both the management of EFMC and all the other stakeholders that contributed to that rich career exposure offered me.
May the good Lord continue to reward you all".
Dr Obioma O. Obikeze
Master of Science Candidate
International Health Policy and Management
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Greater Boston Area
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
"First of all, I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you on the laudable imprints you have made in Imo as far HIV programming is concerned.
It was first an idea you conceived and patiently nurtured it into what it is today.
I have had interactions with most stakeholders that are involved in one way or another in the IMO Project, and they all attest to the fact that your EFMC has distinguished itself as a pacesetter.
HIV programming has taken a new outlook in Imo State because you came on board. In less than one year of your activity in Imo State, you have made a mark and created a niche that none of your contemporaries in the business has been able to scratch.
Amazingly and most profound is your total belief in utilizing local and indigenous young men and women whom you have shaped their lives, their future, their thought processes and empowered them through high profiled trainings that are scarcely accessed in our region. By these acts, you have empowered Imolites and restored the hope of our families in us.
With no iota of exaggeration, I see a "generation Obinna" springing up soonest in every facet and fabric of our nation as leaders, managers, directors and even governors. And I think its started already."
"I recently received an appointment to be part of a project I have a great passion for (Physical Activity Promotion). This was as a result of putting into practice amongst other things the teachings You and Dr Peter taught us in the ongoing HAP-MSC . Many thanks once again sir. May the lord continue to strengthen you"
"Thanks for the opportunity to serve in EFMC.It has been my desire to serve human needs in principled ways and give back to my community. Truly, my inner fire has burst into a conflagration in the on-going outreach. I now understand what it means to find vacation in your vocation; being paid to do what you love doing.I appreciate.
The training was very impact-full because the facilitators did an awesome job.The atmosphere was filled with friendship,passion and enthusiasm.Let me not forget the decent meals. It was truly an uplifting experience.
So far the outreach has been exciting. Our clients are glad about having a free HIV screening at their door steps.Their inquiries has been; ‘who is paying for this?’ Do we have to pay later? …..
At the end everyone is grateful to the organization for feeling their heart beat.Personally the number of Thank you Sir and God bless you I have heard is enough for a life time. Its a privilege and joy to put smiles on peoples’ faces. Its also awesome to help folks confront and conquer their fears.
Surely,our infected brothers will be identified,reassured and treated.We will have an HIV free society, Africa will be emancipated and empowered and the world will be a better place.Thanks a lot for the amazing opportunity to be part of this great story. Kudos on your great exploits and may the good road always rise to meet you.”
“Good day sir, the work is progressing, we are moving from house-to-house, market, streets etc ensuring that people are getting tested and to know their HIV status, we are educating them on the difference between HIV and AIDS. So far, so good it's been a wonderful exercise and people (masses) are really commending and appreciating this organization(EFMC) here in Imo State, it is a wonderful initiative.KUDOS TO EFMC.”
"I thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to learn and build my skills, during the 2days training I was enlightened more on my knowledge of HIV, one of the problem had was fear of airing my view which I was able to overcome before the end of the day 1 lecture, due to the accommodative spirit of your staffs, now I am at the field and have spent 2days there, I never believed I could see a reactive result, but behold I did 1 myself today and I hope to do more. I have been able to develop my counseling and testing skills a bit, I hope to do more. Thanks for this opportunity, God bless you.”