The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $2.5 million Research Award to a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology of the University of Lagos, Bose Afolabi.
The goal of the project "Intravenous versus Oral Iron for Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Pregnant Nigerian Women" is to research anaemia among pregnant women: a randomized controlled trial.
'A total of 1.057 Frauen, aged 20-32 weeks in gestation, who are diagnosed to have anaemia in the hospital's preventive clinics, will be recruited to 10 hospitals in the Lagos and the Kano States,' Unilag said.
"In addition to international partnerships and partnerships between UNILAG and the universities from the United States and Europe, the study will also contribute to the development of local human capabilities under the sponsorship of a junior postgraduate training faculty.
For 18 years now she has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology. She established the Maternal and Reproductive Health Research Collective, a non-profit organization to promote advocacy, research and community outreach to reduce maternal mortality in Nigeria.