Sylvia Adebajo is director of the Population Council’s office in Nigeria and an associate in the HIV and AIDS program. Adebajo leads the Council’s research and programmatic initiatives in Nigeria, which are helping to curb the HIV epidemic, improve the sexual and reproductive health of young people and build capacity of local organizations to overcome health and education issues in their communities. Adebajo also provides leadership and support to research initiatives that gather and employ high-quality evidence and works closely with government officials, donors, NGOs and other partners to ensure national programs and policies are guided by evidence.
Adebajo joined the Council in 2008 to direct the Men’s Health Network Nigeria, a nationwide initiative that provided men at highest risk of HIV infection—including persons who use drugs, clients of female sex workers, uniformed personnel, university students, and truck drivers—with health services free from stigma and discrimination. She also served as acting country director of the office from 2014–2015. Prior to her work with the Council, Adebajo was the principal investigator on a University of Toronto study that estimated HIV prevalence and identified behavioral risk factors among men who have sex with men in Lagos and Ibadan. She was a lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and also provided technical expertise as a consultant to the World Health Organization, Futures Group and Médecins Sans Frontières.
Adebajo brings more than 15 years of experience in health behavior and systems research, program design and evaluation to the region. She has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and has served as a reviewer for research presented at the International AIDS Conference and published in numerous academic journals. Adebajo is a public health physician and a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. She holds a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Public Health from the University of Lagos and Masters of Science from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.