Local Principal Investigator, Nigeria

Dr Kenneth C. Iregbu MBBS, MSc, MPH, FMCPath, FWACP (Lab Med) Consultant Clinical Microbiologist/Parasitologist & Infectious Diseases Physician at National Hospital Abuja.

BARNARDS Program Implementer and Program Coordinator, Nigeria

Dr Fatima Zara Isa Modibbo MBBS, FWACP (Lab Med) Clinical Microbiologist/Parasitologist.

Senior Management Team of BARNARDS, Nigeria

From left to right: Dr Zara Modibbo, Dr Kenneth c. Iregbu and Dr Stella Nkolika Uwaezuoke.

National Hospital Abuja

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. It is located in the centre of Nigeria, within the federal capital territory. Abuja is a planned city which was built mainly in the 1980s. The National Hospital was designed to cater for the needs of women and children in Nigeria and West African sub-region with a view to reduce morbidity and mortality rates and to carry out extensive research into the causes of women and children-related diseases in Africa. The hospital commenced operations in 1st September 1999. Phase 1 of the hospital contained 200 beds, but the centre has now been expanded to a 500 bed hospital. The hospital is a tertiary institution that serves as a referral centre for Northern Nigeria.
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BARNARDS NHA Staff from left to right: Samuel Yakubu, Mary-joe Okenu, Chinenye Akpulu
NHA delivery suite nurses
NHA Paediatric team with the BARNARDS neonatal lead Dr Audu Lamidi Isah pictured central.

Wuse District Hospital, Abuja

Wuse District Hospital is located in Abuja, the Federal Capital territory of Nigeria and was built in 1991. It is a 200 bed secondary health care facility that caters for low-to-middle income earners. This hospital captures an extended range of Abuja’s local population. Due to the proximity of the Wuse District Hospital to NHA, only 5km, the main team from NHA is able to also run the project at Wuse. Wuse has its own team of research assistants and nurses to assist with the day to day management of the project. This means that some of the associated project costs can be shared between the two sites and all microbiological analysis can be done on site at NHA.

Wuse District Hospital research assistants with post-natal matrons in charge: Left-right, Asunugwo Vivian, Matron Abdulmlik Amina, Matron Adiele Eunice, Ukeh Ifeoma, Nsude Queen
Left-right,BARNARDS research assistants at Wuse District Hospital Asunugwo Vivian Ukeh Ifeoma, Nsude Queen

Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital, Kano

Kano is the capital of Kano State in North-Western Nigeria and the second largest city in Nigeria, after Lagos. BARNARDS in Kano started August 1st, 2016 and is being carried out in Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital (MMSH). The hospital was established in 1927 and is one of the oldest hospitals in Northern Nigeria catering for patients from metropolitan and rural areas as well as some neighbouring states (Bauchi, Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna) and some nearby countries such as Niger and Cameroon. The paediatrics unit consists of: the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where neonates between 0-30 days are seen and enrolled for the study, and the Emergency Paediatric Unit (EPU) where babies aged between 30-60 days are seen and enrolled. The maternity unit consists of the labour ward, postnatal ward and the post-caesarean section ward where mothers are enrolled.

Following a visit to Northern Nigeria, representatives of the Gates Foundation identified that extending the study to Kano enables BARNARDS to include a greater diversity of participants, thus providing a wider scope of understanding neonatal sepsis within the African population. In order to include Kano in the BARNARDS sites, the BARNARDS UK and Nigerian teams, in conjunction with the Gates Foundation, set up a community based laboratory infrastructure and provided the relevant training to local clinical and microbiological teams.

kano-staff1BARNARDS Kano lab team left to right: standing –Muhammad Hassan Abubakar, Dr. Edwin Chinagozi Precious, Rashida Yakubu Khalid. Sitting- Adeola Foluso Adeleye, Amina Ibrahim
Nursery Team: Left to right, standing- Dr. Shamsudeen Gwadabe, Rashida Yakubu Khalid, Dr. Ashiru Yusuf Hassan. Sitting- Fatima Ibrahim Alkali, Fatima Muhammad Tukur
Maternity Team: Left to right, Aishatu Kassim, Maryam Yahaya Muhammad, Aisha Sani Mukaddas.