brief profile

brief profile

Dr Edwin Isotu Edeh is a seasoned United Nation's global environmental health specialist, keynote speaker and transformational leader with 18 years strategic and technical level experiences in environmental - public health issues spanning across industry, academics and humanitarian spheres.

He is an award-winning author of a classic 426 page book: ‘Environmental Health: Understanding Current Issues and Solutions of the 21st Century’ published in 2016, which is serving as a standard text in seven (7) African universities including Mount Kenya University, Nairobi and Cavendish University, Kampala. He was a senior lecturer at the Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. Edwin-Isotu has successfully led and managed impactful dozens of multisectoral health and environment projects and programs. He coordinated the 3rd & 4 th Cycle implementation of United Nations Global Analysis and Assessment on Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLASS) Initiative in 36 states of Nigeria in 2018 and 2022.

In 2020, he coordinated the WHO/UNICEF/WSSCC supported WASH TRACKFIN Initiative – assessment and tracking of financial inflows and investments into WASH Sector from 36 states covering household, government, private sector and International NGOs sources in Nigeria Dr Edwin Isotu also coordinated a joint health sector - WHO/Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) public health assessments and awareness toward the National Action Plan (NAP) on Artisanal Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in line with Minimata Conventions on Mercury. He also facilitated Nigeria’s participation at global fora on Environmental Issues including the WHO 1st International Conference on Air Pollution and Health in 2018 at Geneva, Switzerland.

Rethinking 5G Technology and Health, In 2019 he facilitated at the first ITU ‘Digital African Week’ which brought together policymakers and regulators, industry players and standardization experts to discuss Africa’s actions in the interests of environmental sustainability. In May 2019, he led the 1st multisectoral One-Health Environmental Response to Lassa Fever (LF) prevention and control in Nigeria for Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ministry of Environment (FMENV), Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, and other partners. He coordinated the establishment of a national coordination platform for safer management of the Dead during COVID-19 , and  pioneered the coordination of a  One-Health environmental action for COVID-19, Lassa Fever, yellow fever control and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). He contributed as an expert reviewer to NESREA-led National Environment (HealthCare Waste) Regulation 2017 and other environmental policies in Nigeria.

In 2020, Dr. Edwin trained over 1800 experts on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and reached over 52,000 persons with WHO Handhygiene Advocacy plates prior to the recording of 1st index case of COVID-19 in Nigeria on 27th February 2020.

He holds a Global Health and Humanitarianism certification of the University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Interprofessional Health Informatics from University of Minnesota, United States; Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Management and Control, University of Nigeria; Masters of Science Degree in Geography and Environmental Management from University of Port Harcourt; graduate studies in Environmental Health Technology at Rivers State College of Health Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. He is Fellow of African Institute of Public Health Professionals (AIPHP), a professional member of Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), EHORECON licensed Environmental Health Professional, and an accredited Management Consultant of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, Zurich.

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