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Nigerian Professor Secures $2.5 Million To Boost Public Health

A Nigerian professor has secured a landmark grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to advance research Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women (IVON).

Bosede Afolabi, an obstetrics and gynaecology professor at the University of Lagos has been awarded a $2.5 million research grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Her project titled the ‘Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women (IVON): a randomised controlled trial’ which won her the grant, will see her lead a multi-centre study which will run for three years, from Nov. 1, 2020, to Oct. 31 2023, the university revealed in a statement.

“The study will be conducted in 10 hospitals within Lagos and Kano states and it will recruit a total of 1,056 women at 20-32 weeks gestational age, who are diagnosed as having anaemia at the antenatal clinics of the hospitals,”  a statement by the University of Lagos sighted by HumAngle read.

The study will also facilitate partnerships with the University of Lagos and universities across the United States and Europe, contributing to “local human capacity development with the sponsorship of junior faculty for postgraduate training. (M.Sc. and PhD).”

According to the University of Lagos, Prof. Afolabi is internationally recognised for her sickle cell in pregnancy research and has an interest in maternal and fetal medicine, laparoscopic surgery and medical education.

She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK, West African College of Surgeons, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.


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Hafsah Abubakar Matazu

Hafsah Abubakar Matazu is the current Programme Director at HumAngle. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Mass Communication from Baze University Abuja. Prior to joining HumAngle, she worked for Abuja-based Daily Trust Newspapers as an investigative reporter. She leads the program team in planning and implementing grants as well as funded and non funded reporting projects. She tweets via @hafsahabubakar_

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