Sexual and reproductive health

Dr Olufemi Oladapo

Maternal and Perinatal Health and Preventing Unsafe Abortion, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Dr Olufemi (‘Femi) Oladapo is a maternal, perinatal, and newborn health research and public health expert, working as a Medical Officer in the Maternal and Perinatal Health team, at The UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO. He qualified as an obstetrician-gynaecologist in Nigeria and was an Associate Professor and Consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Olabisi Onabanjo University/Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, until 2013. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and the Fellowships of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and International College of Surgeons (FICS).

Dr Oladapo served for several years as a master trainer and an international facilitator for the WHO workshop on Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Reproductive Health - a training workshop aimed at promoting best practices in reproductive health. From 2000, he led the clinical research and training activities of the Centre for Research in Reproductive Health, Sagamu, Nigeria (a centre collaborating with WHO in reproductive health research and training) and was the Centre’s Director of Clinical Research until 2013. Before joining WHO, Dr Oladapo collaborated with colleagues at the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research in various technical capacities, including consolidating evidence base for guideline development and research prioritization in RMNCH. His research interests include systematic reviews, evidence-based obstetric care, quality of obstetric care, and strategies to reduce the leading causes of maternal near-miss and deaths in underserved populations. He created the largest network of tertiary institutions for surveillance and evaluation of the quality of care for maternal near-misses and deaths in Nigeria. He is a review author and an Associate Editor for the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group.

Dr Oladapo joined the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research in 2013, where he provides managerial and technical leadership in evidence synthesis, research and guideline development to improve maternal, perinatal and newborn health.