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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Okomo is a paediatrician and epidemiologist with over 15 years of clinical experience in childhood infectious disease. She obtained her medical degree in Nigeria, and paediatric training in Nigeria and The Gambia. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians. Dr. Okomo has worked as a Paediatric HIV research clinician and established a paediatric HIV/AIDS cohort in The Gambia, improving capacity for clinical care and research through clinical mentorship in partnership with the National AIDS Secretariat. She also led the team that wrote the first National Paediatric HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines.

She has worked as a lecturer at the School of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, University of The Gambia, as well as Consultant Paediatrician at the National Teaching Hospital. Observing a high burden of neonatal mortality, she developed a particular interest in maternal and newborn health. During her PhD she investigated the aetiology of serious neonatal infection in the Gambia and infection acquisition pathways, notably the role of maternal colonisation. Her objective is to improve maternal, newborn and child health in sub-Saharan Africa through engagement in research aimed at informing national and international health policy.

 

       Selected Key Publications

  1. Howie S, Bottomley C, Chimah O, Ideh R, Ebruke B, Okomo U, Onyeama C, Donkor S, Rodrigues O, Tapgun M, Janneh M, Oluwalana C, Kuti B, Enwere G, Esangbedo P, Doherty C, Mackenzie G, Greenwood B, Corrah T, Prentice A, Adegbola R, Zaman S. Zinc as an adjunct therapy in the management of severe pneumonia among Gambian children: randomized controlled trial. J Glob Health. 2018 Jun;8(1):010418. doi: 10.7189/jogh.08.010418.
  2. Okomo, UA; (2018) Neonatal Infections; a hospital-based study in The Gambia examining aetiology and associated maternal Colonisation. PhD thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.; org/10.17037/PUBS.04646824
  3. Kremsner PG, Adegnika AA, Hounkpatin AB, Zinsou JF, Taylor TE, Chimalizeni Y, Liomba A, Kombila M, Bouyou-Akotet MK, Mawili Mboumba DP, Agbenyega T, Ansong D, Sylverken J, Ogutu BR, Otieno GA, Wangwe A, Bojang KA, Okomo U, Sanya-Isijola F, Newton CR, Njuguna P, Kazungu M, Kerb R, Geditz M, Schwab M, Velavan TP, Nguetse C, Köhler C, Issifou S, Bolte S, Engleitner T, Mordmüller B, Krishna S. Intramuscular Artesunate for Severe Malaria in African Children: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS Med. 2016 Jan 12;13(1):e1001938. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001938.
  4. Okomo UA, Dibbasey T, Kassama K, Lawn JE, Zaman SM, Kampmann B, Howie SR, Bojang K. Neonatal admissions, quality of care and outcome: 4 years of inpatient audit data from The Gambia's teaching hospital. Paediatr Int Child Health. 2015 Aug;35(3):252-64. doi: 10.1179/2046905515Y.0000000036.
  5. Renner LA, Dicko F, Kouéta F, Malateste K, Gueye RD, Aka E, Eboua TK, Azondékon A, Okomo U, Touré P, Ekouévi D, Leroy V; IeDEA West Africa Paediatric Collaboration. Anaemia and zidovudine-containing antiretroviral therapy in paediatric antiretroviral programmes in the IeDEA Paediatric West African Database to evaluate AIDS. J Int AIDS Soc. 2013 Sep 17;16:18024. doi: 10.7448/IAS.16.1.18024.
  6. Okomo U, Togun T, Oko F, Peterson K, Jaye A. Mortality and loss to programme before antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected children eligible for treatment in The Gambia, West Africa. AIDS Res Ther. 2012 Oct 2;9(1):28. doi: 10.1186/1742-6405-9-28.
  7. Okomo U, Togun T, Oko F, Peterson K, Townend J, Peterson I, Jaye A. Treatment outcomes among HIV-1 and HIV-2 infected children initiating antiretroviral therapy in a concentrated low prevalence setting in West Africa. BMC Pediatr. 2012 Jul 8; 12:95. doi: 10.1186/1471-2431-12-95.
  8. Togun T, Peterson I, Jaffar S, Oko F, Okomo U, Peterson K, Jaye A. Pre-treatment mortality and loss-to-follow-up in HIV-1, HIV-2 and HIV-1/HIV-2 dually infected patients eligible for antiretroviral therapy in The Gambia, West Africa. AIDS Res Ther. 2011 Jul 20;8(1):24. doi: 10.1186/1742-6405-8-24.
  9. Okomo UA, Garba D, Fombah AE, Secka O, Ikumapayi UN, Udo JJ, Ota MO. Bacterial Isolates and Antibiotic Sensitivity among Gambian Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition. Int J Pediatr. 2011; 2011:825123. doi: 10.1155/2011/825123.
  10. de Souza JB, Okomo U, Alexander ND, Aziz N, Owens BM, Kaur H, Jasseh M, Muangnoicharoen S, Sumariwalla PF, Warhurst DC, Ward SA, Conway DJ, Ulloa L, Tracey KJ, Foxwell BM, Kaye PM, Walther M. Oral activated charcoal prevents experimental cerebral malaria in mice and in a randomized controlled clinical trial in man did not interfere with the pharmacokinetics of parenteral artesunate. PLoS One. 2010 Apr 15;5(4):e9867. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009867.

       Research Interests

  • Bacteria
  • Child Health
  • Drug Resistance
  • Global Health
  • Maternal Health
  • Neonatal Health

       Projects