A team of researchers have received a substantial World Health Organisation (WHO) research grant funding to conduct implementation research and training work to improve the prevention and treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy in Nigeria.
Led by Professor Dilly Anumba, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Sheffield, United kingdom, the team will be working with researchers at the Babcock University and Teaching Hospital, Ogun State Nigeria, and “rippling out” to the University of Benin and Teaching Hospital, Benin City Nigeria and the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.
The WHO estimates that 216 million cases of malaria occurred in 2016, 90% in Africa, with 445,000 deaths. Malaria contributes to ~16% of premature births, miscarriage and stillbirth, and up to 11% of maternal deaths in affected areas. There are more deaths from Malaria in Nigeria than in any other country in the world, with over 100 million cases and more than 300,000 deaths annually.
According to Professor Anumba, “Our work will enable needed focus on the vulnerable populations of pregnant women and their unborn and born children, key strategies towards the eventual elimination of malaria from sub-Sahara Africa”
Professor Anumba is an expert Clinical Academic in Women’s Healthcare, with Teaching, Training and Research portfolios. This he combines with being a Medicolegal Expert Witness RCOG Training Programme Supervisor, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Sheffield TeachingHospitals.
The University of Benin Teaching Hospital graduate is also Postgraduate Lead, Academic Board of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Kingdom.
In 2017, the prof was part of a team of Doctors and scientists from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield that used pioneering technology to develop and test new device that could predict onset of premature labour. The project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).