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CGHH welcomes Ayotunde Ojo

Posted on 29 October 2019

Ayotunde Ojo joins the Centre for Global Health Histories as a PhD candidate on a Wellcome Trust studentship.

Ayo’s project titled, ‘The World Health Organization and Southern Nigeria: A History of Collaboration, 1960-2000’ examines how health issues are tackled jointly by WHO and national ministries of health in Africa which has been less researched while studying the significance of local capacity in responding to health emergencies in Africa. Using the case studies of two successful international health campaigns: Smallpox and Guinea worm eradication, her research will explore how the operational strategies employed by indigenous actors complemented WHO’s goal and effort to eradicate the outbreak of infectious diseases in the rural and urban areas in Southern Nigeria.

After completing her MA from SOAS, University of London and before starting her PhD, Ayo worked in laboratory medicine in the NHS (Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Whittington Hospital) and fundraising in Medical Aid Films (an international medical charity). Her broader research interests are in medical humanitarianism in Africa, indigenous humanitarian response to the health crisis in Africa. 

We all at WHO CC are looking forward to working with Ayo and hearing more about her project in the coming years.