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Dr Abimbola Asagba

Consultant/Research Officer


Consultant/Research Officer, Health Systems Development,

National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Nigeria


National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)
681/682 Port Harcourt Crescent, off Gimbiya Street
Area 11, Garki





Dr. Asagba is a Medical Practitioner currently working at the NPHCDA, Nigeria. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health from the London Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene and a masters degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, USA. She was the director of Public Health at the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, where she was directly involved in the formulation and implementation of policies and national plans for Public Health services in the country. As part of this Dr. Asagba was Secretary to the national expert committee on non-communicable diseases, which carried out a national survey on diabetes, hypertension and sickle cell anaemia. She is the co-author to the publication of training manuals on Epidemiological Investigation of Diseases Outbreak for Doctors, and training manuals for the Surveillance and Notification of Diseases for Environmental Health Officers. Since 2001 Dr. Asagba has been directly involved in formulating policy plans for care of the elderly in Nigeria and is a member of the National Policy Formulating Committee for the Care and Well Being of the Elderly Citizens in the country.


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Morbidity and mortality patterns of older people in Nigeria
  • Nutritional status of older people in Nigeria
  • Poverty profile of older people in Nigeria
  • Formulation of policy for the care of older people in Nigeria

Capacity Building Interests

  • Training of geriatric nurses, doctors and health personnel

Key methodological skills

  • In-depth interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Qualitative data analysis

Current/planned research

Health, nutritional and poverty status of older people in the different
ethnic groups in Nigeria


Current engagement in capacity building