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Faculty Member

Ibukun Abejirinde MD, MSc., PhD

Email Address(es)
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Digital technology and Health system innovations
  • Maternal Health
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Implementation and Evaluation research
  • Theory-driven methodologies
    • Realist methodology
  • Urban Health
  • Global Health

Educational Overview

  • PhD – Global Health, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    • Erasmus Mundus Transglobal Health Fellow
    • Thesis: Diagnostic and clinical decision support systems for antenatal care: is mHealth the future in low-resource settings?
  • MSc – Global Health, Maastricht University
    • Specialisation in Global Health Leadership and Organisation
    • Recipient, Elisabeth Strouven Award
    • Thesis: Health Systems Analysis of a community-based malaria elimination project in Ruhuha, Rwanda.
  • MD – Crimea State Medical University
  • BSc – University of South Africa (UNISA)

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • Women, Children, and Adolescent Health: A Glocal Perspective CHL5117H

Selected Publications

  1. Marchal B, Abejirinde IO, Sulaberidze L, et al. How do participatory methods shape policy? Applying a realist approach to the formulation of a new tuberculosis policy in Georgia. BMJ Open 2021;11:e047948. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047948
  2. Muinga N, Abejirinde IO, Paton C, English M, Zweekhorst M. Designing paper-based records to improve the quality of nursing documentation in hospitals: A scoping review. J Clin Nurs. 2020 Oct 28. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15545. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33113237.
  3.  Eboreime EA, Olawepo JO, Banke-Thomas A, Abejirinde IO, Abimbola S. Appraising and addressing design and implementation failure of global health: A pragmatic framework. Global Public Health. DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1814379
  4. Banke-Thomas A, Balogun M, Wright O, Ajayi B, Abejirinde IO, Olaniran A, Giwa-Ayedun RO, Odusanya B, Afolabi BB. Reaching health facilities in situations of emergency: qualitative study capturing experiences of pregnant women in Africa’s largest megacity. Reproductive health. 2020 Dec;17(1):1-5.
  5. Benova L, Siddiqi M, Abejirinde IO, Badejo O. Time trends and determinants of breastfeeding practices among adolescents and young women in Nigeria, 2003-2018. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002516. doi:10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002516
  6. Affun-Adegbulu C, Sarkar NDP, Abejirinde IO, van Belle S, Adegbulu O. Health systems recovery from COVID-19: a window of opportunity for (in)fertility care, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 28:1, DOI: 10.1080/26410397.2020.1790090
  7. Banke-Thomas A, Ayomoh F, Abejirinde I, Banke-Thomas O, Eboreime E, Ameh C. Cost of Utilising Maternal Health Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2020.
  8. Banke-Thomas A, Abejirinde IO, Ayomoh F, Banke-Thomas O, Ameh C. A. The cost of maternal health services in low- and middle-income countries from a provider’s perspective: a systematic review. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002371.
  9. van Belle S, Affun-Adegbulu C, Soors W, N Srinivas P, Hegel G, Van Damme W, Saluja D, Abejirinde IO, Wouters E, Masquillier C, Tabana H, Chenge F, Polman K, Marchal B. COVID-19 and informal settlements: an urgent call to rethink urban governance. Int J Equity Health 19, 81 (2020).
  10. Engelbert BL, Zweekhorst MBM, Amoakoh-Coleman M, Muftugil-Yalcin S, Abejirinde IO, Becquet R, et al. (2019) To keep or not to keep? Decision making in adolescent pregnancies in Jamestown, Ghana. PLOS One 14(9): e0221789.
  11. Marchal B, Giralt AN, Sulaberidze L, Chikovani I, Abejirinde IO. Designing and evaluating provider results-based financing for tuberculosis care in Georgia: a realist evaluation protocol. BMJ Open. 2019 Apr 1;9(4):e030257.
  12. Abejirinde IO, De Brouwere V, van Roosmalen J, van der Heiden M, Apentibadek N, Bardaji A, Zweekhorst M. Viability of diagnostic decision support for antenatal care in rural settings: findings from the Bliss4Midwives Intervention in Northern Ghana. Journal of Global Health 9(1): 010420.
  13. Abejirinde IO, Zweekhorst M, Bardaj. A, Abugnaba-Abanga R, Apentibadek N, De Brouwere V, van Roosmalen J, Marchal B. Unveiling the black box of diagnostic and clinical decision support systems for antenatal care: Realist Evaluation. JMIR mHealth and uHealth 2018;6(12):e11468.
  14. Abejirinde IO, Douwes R, Bardaji A, Abugnaba-Abanga R, Zweekhorst M, van Roosmalen J, De Brouwere V. Pregnant women’s experiences with an integrated diagnostic and decision support device for antenatal care in Ghana. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 2018;18(1):209.
  15. Abejirinde IO, Ilozumba O, Marchal B, Zweekhorst M, Dieleman M. Mobile health and the performance of maternal health care workers in low- and middle-income countries: A realist review. International Journal of Care Coordination. Special Issue: Realist research in health services research and care coordination. 2018;21(3):73–86

Other Affiliations

  • Scientist, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV)
  • Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
  • Senior Research Fellow, Center for Translation & Implementation Research (CTAIR), University of Nigeria, College of Medicine, Nsukka, Nigeria
  • External Graduate Supervisor, Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands