Action in Distress (AID) Foundation

"Towards the Resoration of Human Dignity"  

About the Founder/Executive Director


Josephine Nkiru-edna Alumanah, Ph.D is a Health Sociologist, a humanist with a graduate Degree in Sociology from the University of Leeds, England, an M.A. also from the Universityof Leeds, and a Ph.D from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.  Dr. Alumanah specializes in Gender, Health and Development where she concentrates her research and teaching.


Josephine Alumanah is a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fund for Leadership Development. She also actively participated in a Course/Summer Training Program on Global Health Diplomacy at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2007. Among many of Josephine’s research work and projects are:

a.    “Social Dominance and the Gendered Nature of Domestic Violence in High Places: A Study of the South East of Nigeria”. Researched sponsored by the Inter-African Committee (IAC), Nigeria, for the Prevention of Harmful Practices Affecting Women and Children. Part of a Country-Wide Study on Domestic Violence. August 2002 – January 2003

b.     “Study to Baseline Perceptions of Justice and Identify Legal Services Needs of Poor and Vulnerable People in Benue, Ekiti, Enugu and Jigawa States: The Case of Enugu State”. Researched Sponsored by the Access to Justice, Department for International Development, (DFID), through the Legal Research and Resource Development Centre (LRRDC). October – November 2003. Josephine was Supervisor for Enugu State.

c.     “National Study on Human Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAS) and people Affected by AIDS (PABAS) including Widows in Nigeria(Benue, Enugu and Lagos States): The Case of Enugu State.” Research Sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), through the Legal Research and Resource Development Centre (LRRDC) (Supervisor for Enugu State). March – April 2004

d.     “Training Workshop on Promoting the Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People in Enugu State.” The Project Organized by four NGOs- Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) in collaboration with Society for Women and Aids in Africa (SWAAN) Nigeria Chapter, Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), and Youth Resource Development, Education and Leadership Centre for Africa (YORDEL Africa). Sponsored by the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS) of the UKDepartment for International Development (DFID). May and June, 2005

e.     “Consultant in charge of Cross River State for the Nation-wide Consultation on Public and Private Partnership (PPP) in Health.” Federal Ministry of Health, Department of Health Planning and Research, with Support from Partnership for Transforming Health Systems (PATHS)/DFID, September 6 to October 7, 2005

f.     “Consultation/Research on Capacity to Effectively Co-ordinate the Multi-sectoral, Adequately Resourced, Evidenced and Right-Based Response to HIV/AIDS” by the State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA), Enugu State/Strengthening Nigeria’s Response to HIV/AIDS (SNR) Program. Funded by Family Health International (FHI)/DFID. October 10 to 23, 2005

g.     “Consultant/Team Supervisor in charge of Cross River Statefor the National Benchmarking Exercise of State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (SEEDS). National Planning Commission in Collaboration with Support to Reforming Institutions Program (SRIP). November/December 2006

h.    “Consultant in Charge of Enugu State for the National Study (consultations undertaken in Enugu, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Lagos States) on Gender and Social Inclusion (in Health and Social Inclusion)”. Sponsored by the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) Program of DFID. July- September, 2009


Josephine Alumanah is an active member of the following National and International Organizations:

a.    Member,Social Science Academy of Nigeria (SSAN)

b.     Member, Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS)

c.     Member, Gender and Science and Technology (GASAT) International

d.     Executive Member, The National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS)

e.     Associate Member, Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) Nigeria

f.     Associate Member, African Institute of Applied Economics (AIAE)

g.     Member, National Association of University Women (NAUW)

h.     Member, International Federation of University Women (IFUW)

i.      Life Member, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS)

j.     Member, International Movement ATD Fourth WorldPermanent Forum on Extreme Poverty in the World.