UNILAG Professor Wins ₦958 Million Grant From Bill Gates Foundation

April 12, 2021BY Abu Susan ( 0 ) Comment

A Nigerian professor, Bosede Afolabi, has made the country proud by winning the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant.
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) gynaecologist was awarded a research grant of $2,518,474.00 (N958,908,975.50). Her project is titled Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women (IVON).

The University of Lagos announced the news while celebrating the Nigerian professor on its LinkedIn page.
According to the university website, Professor Bosede Afolabi is recognized worldwide for her sickle cell pregnancy research.
Her project, titled, “Intravenous Versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women {IVON}”, is sponsored to the tune of $2 518, 474.00 of the IVON Project.

As Principal Investigator, Professor Afolabi will lead a multicentre study that will run for three years (November 1, 2020 – October 31, 2023). The study will be conducted in 10 hospitals within Lagos and Kano States. It will recruit 1,056 women at 20-32 weeks gestational age diagnosed as having anaemia at the hospitals’ antennal clinics.
In addition to the international collaborations and partnerships that 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 training (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.

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