Celebrating Professor Nike Bello on Her Pioneering Works on Safer Childbirth for At-risk Mothers in Nigeria

Watch the full 5-minute film of the incredible work that Professor Nike Bello is doing here: CLICK HERE TO WATCH  

A few days ago, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, celebrated International #ClinicalTrialsDay by spotlighting trailblazers seeking to make childbirth safer and the efforts to increase women's participation in clinical trials.

The film, "Making Childbirth Safer for At-Risk Mothers," is part of the Healthier Together series presented by the WHO Foundation and produced by BBC StoryWorks. It features Professor Nike Bello who is the head of the WOMAN-2 Trial in Nigeria. The film focuses on efforts to improve maternal health and ensure safer births for women in lower-income countries.

Blood loss after childbirth is currently the leading cause of maternal deaths, exacerbated by anaemia, which greatly increases the risk of postpartum haemorrhage; this condition is endemic in Nigeria. In the film, Professor Bello discusses her work as part of WOMAN-2, a global trial evaluating the effects of tranexamic acid (TXA) for postpartum haemorrhage prevention worldwide. The WOMAN Trial (1) demonstrated the effectiveness of tranexamic acid in treating PPH, while the WOMAN-2 Trial (5) sought to assess its effectiveness in preventing PPH. Our Collaborative Centre in the College of Medicine coordinated seven hospital study sites in Nigeria in the WOMAN-2 Trial. The trial results will be published this summer. 

Professor Folasade A. Bello is in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences. She has worked as a local investigator on several post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) clinical trials on tranexamic acid (1-5) and heat-stable carbetocin (6). She also sits on the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)’s Clinical Trial Advisory Committee

As Provost, I can boldly say that the entire College is proud of Professor Nike Bello’s groundbreaking work in improving maternal health and her dedication to making childbirth safer for at-risk mothers.

We look forward to more outstanding outcomes.

Olayinka Omigbodun FAS
Professor of Psychiatry and Provost

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