Prof. Chinyere Ezeaka
Ezeaka, Chinyere Veronica, MBBS, MPH, MMC(Paed), FWACP(Paed), FRCPCH (UK), MNIM is a Professor of Paediatrics, , College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria; and Head of the Neonatology-Perinatology Unit at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, established in 1962 as one of the foremost medical and dental schools in Nigeria. Prof Ezeaka has been actively involved in teaching, clinical service and research, which have centered mainly on newborn health viz : prematurity/low birth weight/kangaroo mothercare, neonatal jaundice, neonatal survival, perinatal asphyxia and newborn resuscitation trainings. The research works have aimed to be locally relevant and to add value to knowledge and practice; furthermore to entrench inter-disciplinary collaborations with strong international partnerships. Since 2012 has been the Principal investigator, Lagos, researching on the genetics of prematurity in the African population utilizing genome-wide association and metabolomic profiling; in collaboration with Prof Azeez Butali and other molecular geneticists from the University of Iowa, USA.
Professor Ezeaka is a technical newborn health consultant for the Federal Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, UNICEF, Save the Children International, and the USAID’s Maternal and Child Survival Programme (MCSP) Nigeria; and in collaboration was the lead editorial consultant that compiled the Nigerian Newborn Situation Analysis and Action Plan: in the context of the IMNCH strategy 2008 (1st Edition) and 2011 (2nd edition) which is the first national comprehensive document on the state of newborn health in Nigeria. Furthermore, she is a national master trainer for the Neonatal Resuscitation Training (NRT), Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), Essential Newborn Care Course(ENCC) and Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) programmes (2002 – date); and in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, have trained internationally (2010-2015), and co-directed in-country utilizing the Nigerian ENCC/AAP’s Helping Babies Survive (HBS) modules. She has been engaged with both national and international efforts related to the improvement of newborn health and capacity development for health workers in West Africa for neonatal resuscitation and newborn care.
Prof Chinyere is an International Board Member of the International Neonatology Association Congress (INAC) 2014-date; and she currently serves as the National President of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM), an organization committed to the survival of every Nigerian baby. NISONM was founded in 2008 by passionately committed neonatal pediatricians whose focus and area of activity are newborn care at every level, especially linking with the community. NISONM was borne out of the need to commit technical skills to strengthen the implementation process of reducing neonatal morbidity and mortality in Nigeria. The organization creates awareness on maternal and newborn health status, identifies factors that impact newborn survival, and disseminates this knowledge. Over the years, NISONM, working with the Federal Ministry of Health and Development partners has become a key advocate and partner for the survival of every Nigerian baby.