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Dr Kawaza has extensive experience in Clinical Medicine and Paediatrics. He has been involved since 2007 in various research projects in Paediatrics and Child Health. He is currently a Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi. He is involved in planning and implementation of various projects and programs in Paediatrics with special focus on Neonatal care, especially in knowledge translation and adaptation, validation and roll out of low cost care interventions in low resource settings.
Dr Björn Westrup is a senior consultant in neonatology and in 1999 founder of the Karolinska NIDCAP Training & Research Center at Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital. Dr Westrup got his medical degree 1977 and doctoral degree in 2003 at the Dept. of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute. He is since the beginning of 1990s one of the pioneers in scientific evaluation and dissemination of Infant- & Family-Centered Developmental Care – IFCDC. His focus has been clinical randomized controlled trials of the newborn with major focus on effects of parental involvement in the care; effects of family centred supportive hospital systems and architectural design of nurseries. Dr Westrup has also been engaged in the development and dissemination of Neonatal Couplet Care – a care model that minimises the separation of infant from its mother by providing medical care also for the mother in the neonatal unit.
Dr Westrup is one of the principal investigators in the WHO iKMC Study – a large multicentre trial in low-income countries on very low birth weight infants with immediate skin-to-skin contact and neonatal couplet care.
Dr Westrup has a long and close collaboration with parental organisations and serves in the Scientific Advisory Board of European Foundation for Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) and a member of the Chair Committee of Global Alliance for Newborn Care (GLANCE) - a global network to represent the interests of babies born too soon, too small or too sick and their families.
Ebunoluwa Aderonke Adejuyigbe obtained her medical degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in 1987. She is a fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria having had her residency training in Paediatrics at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex (OAUTHJC), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She became a Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2007. Her work experience include Head of the Department of Paediatrics (2010 – 2012), Dean of the Medical School (2012 – 2016) , member of the Management Board of the OAUTHC (2013 – 2015), member of the OAUTHC Ethical and Research Committee (2005 – 2017) and of which she later became the chair (2009 to 2017). She was the President of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Osun State Chapter from 2005 to 2008. She is President of the Nigeria Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Co-Chair of the National Child Health Technical Working Committee in Nigeria She is a also member of various committees at the international level including the Expert Advisory Group (Survive, Thrive and Transform: Inpatient Care for Every Small and Sick Newborn). She is a recipient of several grants and Principal Investigators of several studies including the WHO multicountry African Neonatal Sepsis Trial, Antenatal Corticosteriod for the improvement of outcome in preterm (ACTION Trials) , the Immediate Kangaroo Mother Care studies and Growth Failure in the Under 6 months. She is a member of the Data Safety Management Board of the study on the evaluation of a two dose preventive ebola vaccine in DRC and Covid trial in Nigeria. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Washington DC based International Women Leadership Forum Fellowship. Her research interests include newborn disorders and infectious diseases especially neonatal sepsis and Paediatric HIV.
Dr. Suman Rao is a Professor of Neonatology at St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, South India. She is also a consultant in the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Aging at the WHO. She has worked for over 20 years to improve outcomes of the small and sick newborns and has done pioneering research in Kangaroo mother care and developmentally supportive care in India. She is a national trainer for Neonatal resuscitation and has led the initiatives to mentor Special Newborn Care Units and reduce neonatal mortality. She is keen on low cost innovations and has helped to develop low cost remote monitoring of newborns, therapeutic hypothermia devices and CPAP devices. She has been part of WHO projects on immediate KMC, ACTION and Scale up KMC implementation research. She teaches medical and nursing students and supports their budding research interests
Dr Harish Chellani is a distinguished Professor, In-charge Newborn services at Department of Paediatrics, Safdurjung Hospital, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi. . He holds Clinical Fellowship in neonatal Transport Medicine from Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Philadelphia, USA. Former Consultant to SAARC nations for maternal and newborn health services. Held key positions in various committees and task forces of Govt. of India is over 35 years of services. He has many research projects to his credit supported by WHO, ICMR and Deptt of Biotechnology, India. He has authored more than 100 research articles, chapters, cases and reports.
Dr Sugandha Arya completed her MD (Pediatrics) from Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi in 1999. She has done Clinical Fellowship – Health Policy and Advocacy in 2012 from Centre for Health Economics and Policy analysis, University of Indonesia. Presently, she is Professor in Dept. of Pediatrics at Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi. Her special interest is in Neonatology and Research. She has a number of publications in medical books and journals. She is a life member of Indian Academy of Paediatrics and National Neonatology Forum.
Dr Naburi holds an MD degres, Masters of medicine in pediatrics, MPH majoring in health policy and clinical evaluation as well as a PhD in medical sciences. Dr Naburi is a pediatrician, providing care for newborns for more than 10 years and also a seniour lecturer in the department of pediatrics and child health at MUHAS. Her main research interest is in the area of newborn care and PMTCT.