Dr. Ibitola O. FAWOLE


Personal Statement

I am Dr Olufunmilayo Fawole an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.  I am also an honorary consultant with the University College Hospital, Ibadan. I am a Fellow of both the Nigerian and West African College of Public Health (FMCPH) and (FWACP). I have a Masters (MSc-MMed) degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and is a Fellow of South African Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (SAFRI/SA-FAIMER).  I also have a Certificate in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

I completed my residency training as a Community Physician at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan in 1996 and was appointed as a lecturer in the same year. I  rose to post of a senior lecturer in 1999 and reader in 2003.  I have vast field experience in Disease Notification and Surveillance, including Routine and Supplemental Immunisation activities within the country.  This was obtained when I worked as a State Coordinator with the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria between 2003 and 2004.  I was the Acting Head of Department of Epidemiology, Medical statistics and Enviromental Health from 2009 to 2011.  During this period we conducted a curriculum review of all post graduate programmes in the Department, obtained senate approval to commence a Master Programme in Clinical Epidemiology, created the Department of Enviromental Health Sciences from the existing department, and obtained more academic positions for both Departments. Presently I am on leave with the African Field Epidemiology Network and is training filed epidemiologist for the federation with Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Abuja, Nigeria.

I have keen research interest. I have worked on research projects on prevention malaria, STIs/HIV/AIDS and on Gender based violence.  More recently, I am a co investigator in the project titled, “Accessing the impact of an intervention to improve quality of emergency Obstetric care on maternal and perinatal outcomes in Nigeria’ sponsored by WHO, Geneva which was the only study to be implemented in Nigeria after a very competitive bid of over 100 proposals. I have published in both local and international journals and  has over 80 publications till date.  Most of my publications are in the field of malaria prevention, maternal and newborn health, especially gender based violence, adolescent reproductive health, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. I was the Lead Consultant in the of the Global Fund Round 5 Midterm National Evaluation which involved assessing HIV/AIDS programmatic activities of six target group (People Living with HIV, Orphans and vulnerable children, pregnant women, Health care providers, Small and medium Enterprises, General population) in 12 states of the country. I am a consultant, to Federal Ministry of Health and has been a trainer at several maternal and child health programmes. I was one of the Experts at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH)/WHO Health Research prioritization Workshop on setting up research agenda on Identification of Maternal Newborn and Child Health for the country held in 2011 and 2012.

I am a recipient of more than 20 awards, including grants from UNIFEM, British Council-DFID, World AIDS Foundation and World Health Organization to mention a few. I am a member of several international organizations including Sexual Violence Research Initiative and International Epidemiology Association, African Field Epidemiology Network and the Global Maternal Health Task Force. I am a reviewer to several international journals and technical consultant to governmental agencies including the Federal Ministry of Health and international agencies. I have participated in international conferences on maternal and child health. I am a member of the Joint University/Hospital Institutional Ethics Committee.

Curriculum Vitae