To honor the memory of Dr. Ijeoma Idaresit, a scholarship fund is available at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to Nigerian students studying for a Master’s degree in Public Health.
Dr. Ijeoma Idaresit, who is an alumnus of the school, is respected for her work at Edie and Amy, which currently helps 10,000 mothers overcome the hurdles of breastfeeding and postpartum care through her platforms every month.
The school will offer financial support to successful Nigerian students who have secured admission and enrolled in the Master of Public Health program.
The scholarship is available to both distance learning and intensive learning courses, and the grant is in the tune of 500 pounds and will be awarded to successful beneficiaries to invest in their studies, either to undertake research or travel in aid of completing their final research projects. Eligible students will be able to apply through the school’s website here.
Dr. Ijeoma Idaresit who was passionate about Maternal Health Education started out practicing as a primary care physician and was concerned by the extent to which negative patient outcomes and low availability of community health services were determined by an interplay of social issues, economic conditions, the unique Nigerian environment, and of course, government policies.
In her experience, these too often overrode the passion and dedication of healthcare workers, especially doctors like herself. This was a challenge she was determined to help solve, so she decided to get an International Masters’ degree in Public Health from an institution that would give her the relevant skills and knowledge based on current best practices.
Dr Ijeoma was awarded the Masters in Public Health degree in March 2016.
“This gap was what inspired her (Dr. Ijeoma Idaresit) to establish Edie and Amy, a maternal-focused online media and product organization where she provides information on getting pregnant, early signs of pregnancy, what to expect during pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood development for parents and expecting mothers, with a strong focus on the mother’s well-being.” Said Dr. Sanya.
According to her, “In Nigeria, about 7 million births are occurring per year. For all these new mothers, coping with the challenges of motherhood can be overwhelming. This is not just for new mothers, as all pregnancies, even from the same woman, are different.
In 2017, Dr. Ijeoma Idaresit, a then-pregnant medical doctor also found herself in the same shoes. Despite her professional training and the antenatal care she received, detailed information on what to expect after childbirth, self-care after delivery, and innovative solutions available to mothers were not easily accessible, so she solved the problem.”
“Today, the organization is reaching about 10,000 mothers every month, and has been particularly useful to Miss Rebecca Afolayan of the Alabiamo Foundation, who found the website a valuable resource. Alabiamo Foundation provides free antenatal clinics in slum areas of Lagos State, and through Edie and Amy, she was able to improve upon the health education given to the mothers during their clinics.
In her own words ‘They were interested in bringing the information rendered to the local level, our context level, on how to have a lot of breast milk supply.
They were foods that an average person, whether you live in the slum or the city can use, it’s standard.
The information helped me in talking to women who found some medical advice useful.