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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)

Dr Abiodun Adanikin





Abbey is an obstetrician and, a reproductive and perinatal health epidemiologist. He has about 15 years combined work experience in improving women’s health both at national and international levels, including at the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva. He has expertise in clinical database development, big data analysis and the use of advanced statistical methods.

He was a professional fellow of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK and policy communication fellow of the Population Reference Bureau, United States. He is recipient of the prestigious International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (official FIGO publication) John J. Sciarra Prize Paper Award in 2012. His current research thrust includes investigating long-term effects of adverse birth outcomes, quality of maternity care services and health system strengthening.

Abbey is a board-certified obstetrician by the West African College of Surgeons. He is an alumnus of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and, holds a master’s in public health (MPH) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and a PhD from University of Southampton, United Kingdom.


Research Interests:

Social determinants of health, quality of care, implementation research, clinical trials, health system strengthening especially in LMIC, population-based data linkage, reproductive life course analysis, prediction modelling, qualitative data analysis


Adanikin AI, Umeora OUJ, Nzeribe E, Agbata AT, Ezeama C, Ezugwu FO, Ugwu GO, Ikechebelu JI, Oladapo OT. Maternal near-miss and death associated with abortive pregnancy outcome: a secondary analysis of the Nigeria Near-miss and Maternal Death Survey. 2019. BJOG: International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15699.

Adanikin AI, Padmadas S, McGrath N. Recurrent child mortality and parity transition in Nigeria. Reproductive Health. 2019 16(1):79.

Adanikin AI, Awoleke JO. Clinical suspicion, management and outcome of intrapartum foetal distress in a public hospital with limited advanced foetal surveillance. Journal of Maternal Fetal Neonatal Medicine. 2017; 30(4):424-429.

Aduloju OP, Akintayo AA, Adanikin AI, Ade-Ojo IP. Combined Foley's catheter with vaginal misoprostol for pre-induction cervical ripening: A randomised controlled trial. Australian New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2016; 56 (6):578-584.

Adanikin AI, Awoleke JO. Sociodemographic factors associated with anaemia in pregnancy at booking for antenatal care. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2016: 36(1): 44-47

Adanikin AI, Awoleke JO. Antenatal drug consumption: the burden of self-medication in a developing world setting. Tropical Doctor. 2016. 47(3):193-197

Awoleke JO, Adanikin AI. Baird-Pattinson aetiological classification and phases of delay contributing to stillbirths in a Nigerian tertiary hospital. Journal of Pregnancy. 2016; doi: 10.1155/2016/1703809.

Adanikin AI, Onwudiegwu U, Akintayo AA. Reshaping maternal services in Nigeria: any need for spiritual care? BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014; 14:196

Adanikin AI, Onwudiegwu U, Loto OM. The influence of multiple antenatal counselling sessions on modern postpartum contraceptive uptake in Nigeria. European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health 2013; 18(5): 381-387.

Adanikin AI, Orji EO, Fasubaa OB, Onwudiegwu U, Ijarotimi O, Olaniyan O. The effect of post-caesarean rectal misoprostol on intestinal motility. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2012; 119 (2): 159–162.