Serekunda, Kombo St Mary, Gambia
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
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Dr. Olubukola T. Idoko is a paediatrician who works as a clinical scientist at the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia. She has over 15 years of experience in clinical paediatrics with a focus on infectious diseases and newborn care. She trained in Medicine at the University of Jos and subsequently paediatrics at the Jos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria obtaining the fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in paediatrics. She also has training in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in Vaccinology.
In addition to her role at the MRCG, she provides support for medical student training as a lecturer at the University of The Gambia and does volunteer work. Driven by the stark health inequities in her early days of practice and overwhelming disease burden particularly in young infants, her current research interests centre on vaccines for paediatric infectious disease and infectious disease epidemiology. She has been involved in and led the conduct of several clinical trials including driving the setup of clinical trial sites and is the author of several articles and book chapters. Her passion is to optimize the use of existing disease prevention interventions using approaches relevant to the setting and train qualitative health care professionals for the sub-Saharan region.