Obstetric care access research boosted by AXA Research Fund fellowship

LSE Fellow's research supports strategic policy decision-making in Nigeria.

My research will provide much-needed evidence for the Government of Lagos, Nigeria to aid planning of essential maternal health services and ultimately contribute to reductions in maternal mortality.”

Dr Banke-Thomas

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The AXA Research Fund has selected LSE Health Research fellow, Dr Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, for the AXA RF Fellowship on Women’s Health and Access to Healthcare.

The 18-month Fellowship, worth €125,000, underscores the Fund’s partnership with LSE to host outstanding researchers committed to improving people’s lives through cutting-edge, innovative research that addresses global societal challenges.

Dr Banke-Thomas’s research will provide critical evidence to support strategic policy decision-making for improved access to emergency obstetric care (EmOC) for pregnant women in Lagos State, Nigeria. This contributes to efforts to reduce maternal mortality due to delays that women experience in arriving at EmOC facilities.

“I am truly excited about the opportunity afforded to me by this AXA research grant in partnership with the LSE,” said Dr Banke-Thomas. “Maternal mortality remains a huge challenge in many developing countries, but minimal attention has been placed on the delay in the travel of women to appropriate facilities. My research will provide much-needed evidence for the Government of Lagos, Nigeria to aid planning of essential maternal health services and ultimately contribute to reductions in maternal mortality.”