Bill, Melinda Gates Foundation awards UNILAG professor with $2.5 million grant


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $2.5 million research grant to Bose Afolabi, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Lagos.

Ms Afolabi who is well known for her research and lectures on sickle cell pregnancy has an interest in maternal and fetal medicine, minimal access (laparoscopic) surgery and medical education.

The university in a statement said that as the principal investigator, Ms Afolabi will lead a multicentre study which will run the research for three years.

The don seeks to research anaemia among pregnant women with her project titled “Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women (IVON): a randomised controlled trial.

“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.

“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 faculty for postgraduate training,” the statement added.

Ms Afolabi 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, according to her biography reeled out by the University of Lagos in its statement.


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