A professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Lagos, Bose Afolabi, has been awarded a $2.5 million research grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The university said in a statement that as the principal investigator, Ms Afolabi will lead a multicentre study which will run the research for three years (November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023).
The University 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 is Expected to be conducted in 10 hospitals within Lagos and Kano States and a total of 1,056 women at 20-32 weeks gestational age, who are diagnosed with anaemia at the antenatal clinics of the hospitals, will be recruited” The statement Reveals.
The study is set to facilitate international collaborations and partnerships between University of Lagos and other universities in the US and Europe, in addition to contributions to local human capacity development with the sponsorship of junior faculty for postgraduate training,” the official statement added.
She is well known for her research and lectures on sickle cell Pregnancy.
She also has unwavering interest in maternal and fetal medicine, minimal access (laparoscopic) surgery and medical education.
According to her biography, Prof Bose 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.