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Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, DDS, MPH, PhD

Professor, Interim Executive Dean, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa

Lekan Ayo-Yusuf is the GB regional Director for the Afro region. He has developed a smoking cessation training manual using motivational interviewing. He has trained over 500 lay health workers and health professionals in delivering motivational interviewing for smoking cessation in various settings. More recently using a randomized clinical trial, his group demonstrated for the first time in Africa, a significant effect of motivational interviewing by lay health workers on smoking cessation among those receiving TB treatment; most of whom were also infected with HIV.