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Dr Aduragbemi (Adura for short) Banke-Thomas is a physician, public health practitioner, policy and development professional, academic and researcher, with over twelve years of progressive professional experience in clinical practice, development programme management, academia, operational research, and monitoring and evaluation in maternal and newborn, adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Adura has worked across multiple sectors including academia, healthcare, multi-lateral, government, non-governmental and community-based organisations and in countries in Africa, Europe, North and Central America.
He is passionate about the provision of equitable and high-quality care for women of all ages and their newborns. He genuinely believes no woman should die in trying to give life to another human. Throughout his career, he has been focused on exploring and addressing issues on and strategies to optimise cost and cost-effectiveness, geographical access and quality of maternal, newborn and reproductive health care in sub-Saharan Africa. Adura has exceptional capacity for quantitative and qualitative data analysis, geographic information systems analysis, economic evaluation and value for money analysis.
In recognition of his work, Adura has received many awards including the McCain Institute Award for Excellence in Leadership (McCain Institute, USA), Sheffield Graduate Award (The University of Sheffield, UK), Public Health Personality Award (Public Health Society, UK), National Millennium Development Goals Honours award, (National Youth Service Corps, Nigeria), National Youth Service Honours Award (Federal Capital Territory), National Youth Service Corps (National Youth Service Corps, Nigeria) to mention a few. He is tri-lingual, speaking English, Yoruba, and French fluently and maintains a high-standing scholarly, professional and leadership track record.
"It is not often that you meet someone like Adura whose passion for maternal health and strengthened health systems is consistently clear and inspiring. What started as an accidental conversation with him in 2018 at an international conference, has since led to intentional collaboration on publications, extensive discussions on research gaps/opportunities and a mutual sharpening of our work in research and academia. An expert in the field, his scholarship is evident in publications, research dissemination and impact, but more importantly, in the younger generation of researchers whose professional ethos is being shaped under his mentorship. Asides his admirable ability to build alliances with stakeholders from multiple disciplines, one thing that stands out about Dr. Banke-Thomas is the excellence and strong sense of social justice that underpins his character and work. He is an invaluable asset to the global health and academic community"
"Adura was my colleague on Europubhealth programme and this venture took us both into different settings during 2 years. Since the beginning Adura showed natural leader charismatic skills which he combines with stainless work stamina. I am sure Adura will be successful in all his endeavours."
"Aduragbemi is very dependable,detailed oriented,highly emotionally intelligent and has good judgement on matters that arise.He is very creative,humble yet hardworking,versatile yet unassuming.He produced great results on a Selection Committee we both were part of. Adura is easy to work with and I look forward to more opportunities to work with him."
University of Toronto