Meet Our Board Members

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Dr Wakama

Dr Wakama is a talented consultant haematologist at the prestigious National Hosptial Abuja, Nigeria. He has received trainings from prestigious Universities and institutes including the American Society of Haematology, which aims to build haematology capacity in developing countries and improve research and patient care globally. 

A fellow of the National Postgraduate Medicine College of Nigeria, he cares for patients with diverse haematology disorders including sickle cell. His genuine passion for patients with sickle cell disorder occassioned his involvement with the Sickle Cell Support Centre. He has been involved with the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation from its inception in Nigeria. 

Dr Walama serves as a pathologist and treating physician at the National Hospital Abuja. 

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Dr. Oniyangi

Dr Oniyangi is a pediatrician with about 30 years experience in medical practice. A graduate of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Dr. Oniyangi has undergone various trainings tailored to the management of Sickle Cell patients, including the Mentorship Training Course of the Cochrance Collaboration and Sickle Cell Disease Management Training Course.

Dr. Oniyangi has vast experience in working with children and her expert skills in working with those with sickle cell disorder, HIV/AIDs and Kidney disease has been widely acknowledged. She pioneeredthe routine clinics for persons with these conditions at the National Hospital, Abuja where she is involved with the training of residents.

She has ingrained interest in academic research and has published series of papers in various journals on sickle cell disorder including, ‘Strokes in Children With Sickle Cell Disease At the National Hospital Abuja, Nigeria’. In addition, she has also peer-reviewed articles for publications in high profile academic journals.

She is a member of various professional bodies, inter alia the Nigerian Medical Association, Pediatrics Association of Nigeria and the Sickle Cell Club of Nigeria. She served as one of the members of the editorial team for the production of a Sickle Cell Disease Policy and Guidelines of care for Nigeria. Dr. Oniyangi still remains passionate and deeply involved in community service.

She is currently a Chief Consultant in Pediatrics and the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee at the National Hospital Abuja. She is married with children. 

Dr Lawson

Dr Lawson is a consultant Pediatrician with over 25 of experience in Medical practice.  She obtained the fellowship of the West African College of Pediatrics in 1994.  She spent one year at the University Of New Mexico School Of Medicine, Albuquerque, United States as an exchange visitor in Clinical nutrition from 1994 to 1995. In 2008, she gained a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of London.

She worked as a lecturer/consultant Paediatrician at the University of Jos/ Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria from 1995 to 1997 before relocating to work as Consultant Paediatrician at Zankli Medical Centre, Abuja in 1997 where she is till date. She is one of the directors of the hospital which is a group practice that provides care in various specialties of Medicine and Surgery and encourages the development of academic and research activities in collaboration with a number of institutions both at home and abroad. The first HPLC machine for newborn screening for Sickle cell disorder in Nigeria was installed in the Zankli Research laboratory in 2010 during the Sickle cell cohort pilot study funded by the UNDP.

She is a member of the Paediatrics Association of Nigeria, member of the Nigeria Medical Association, member of Nigeria Society of Neonatal Medicine, fellow of the West African College of Physicians, member of the American Academy of Paediatrics and a Past National Secretary, Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria 2009-2011. Apart from regular clinical practice, she has been involved in research work in Rickets and Sickle cell disease in the community and has 16 published papers in peer-review journals.