Ochuwa Babah

Ochuwa Babah

Phd Student
Visiting address: Tomtebodavägen 18A, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Hanson, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a doctoral student at the Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska
    Institutet (KI), Sweden. I have as my Supervisors, Elin Larsson and Claudia
    Hanson, both in same department at KI.


  • Iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy: Evaluation of the effectiveness and
    safety of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose and oral ferrous sulphate in a
    low-middle income country Iron deficiency is the commonest cause of anaemia
    in pregnancy and a leading cause of maternal death in sub-Saharan Africa
    where maternal mortality is high. Though a popular subject, iron deficiency
    needs further research as most risks factors are not fully evaluated
    especially the impact of diet, we also do not have objective information
    regarding the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency anaemia among
    maternal health workers in sub-Saharan Africa. There is inequity in
    distribution of newer drugs such as ferric carboxymaltose for iron deficiency
    anaemia treatment. We belief, the global inequalities in health as it relates
    to the high prevalence and high mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa may be
    related to some of these factors which we sought out to evaluate by
    conducting two studies - a cross-sectional survey on maternal health workers
    in Nigeria
  • and a randomzed control clinical trial, IVON trial comparing
    effectiveness and safety of single dose intravenous ferric carboxymaltose and
    oral ferrous sulphate for iron deficiency treatment in pregnant Nigerian
    women. Selected publication Afolabi BB, Babah OA, Akinajo OR, Adaramoye VO,
    Adeyemo TA, Balogun M, et al. Intravenous versus oral iron for iron
    deficiency anaemia in pregnant Nigerian women (IVON): study protocol for a
    randomized hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial. Trials. 2022
  • 23(1):763.


  • Currently, I am actively involved in training of medical students, medical
    interns, and resident doctors in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as part of my
    job. I also supervise resident doctors' research work and dissertation for
    fellowship examinations in West African College of Surgeons (WACS) and
    National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN). I hope to start
    teaching Masters students at Karolinska Institutet soon as part of my
    doctoral training.


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