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UNILAG Professor Wins Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Research Grant

A gynaecologist at the University of Lagos, Professor Bosede Afolabi, has won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation research grant.

According to a report on Wednesday March 31, 2021, Prof. Afolabi will lead a 3-year multicentre study between November 1, 2020 and October 31, 2023.

“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 antennal clinics of the hospitals,” the report says.

It adds that in addition to the international collaborations and partnerships which the study will facilitate between UNILAG and other Universities in the US and Europe, it will also contribute to local human capacity development with the sponsorship of junior faculties for postgraduate trainings (M.Sc. and PhD).

“Professor Bosede Afolabi is internationally recognized for her research in sickle cell pregnancy. Her interests are in maternal and fetal medicine, minimal access (laparoscopic) Surgery and Maternal education.

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

Prof Bosede’s project, ‘’Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women {IVON}”, which won her the grant, is sponsored to the tune of $2, 518, 474.00 of the IVON Project.

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Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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