Consultant Paediatrician/PhD Student at Medical Research Council Unit
Dr. Uduak Okomo is a Paediatrician and Clinical epidemiologist with strong emphasis in infectious diseases, malnutrition, and maternal, newborn and child health. She obtained her medical degree from the College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar, Nigeria in 1999. She had her paediatric training in Nigeria and The Gambia, and was awarded the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in Paediatrics in 2009.
Dr Okomo joined the MRC Unit The Gambia (MRCG) in 2004 as Medical Officer. Between January 2008 and March 2011, she worked as a Paediatric HIV Research Clinician responsible for establishing an MRCG paediatric HIV cohort as well as improving capacity for paediatric HIV/AIDS clinical care and research in the Gambia through clinical mentoring and partnership with the National AIDS Secretariat. Since 2011, she has been a Consultant Paediatrician with the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, Banjul. She is actively involved in clinical mentorship in Paediatrics with the School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, University of The Gambia where she serves as a lecturer and examiner
Dr Okomo holds a Masters degree in Epidemiology with the University of London and is currently undertaking an MRC-funded PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology with the LSHTM/University of London. Her PhD research project is investigating the aetiology of serious neonatal infections in the Gambia, and infection acquisition pathways notably the role of maternal rectovaginal and nasopharyngeal colonisation.
Her ultimate aspiration is to influence policy making through application of evidence-based medicine in the field of maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries.