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Anthony Idowu Ajayi

Associate research scientist, African Population and Health Research Center

Anthony Ajayi is an associate research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center. He provides support in evidence generation, through policy review and primary research, program design and implementation in family planning, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Health Sociology from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa (2017), and a Master of Science degree in Demography and Population Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (2012). Before joining APHRC, Anthony was a research fellow and a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Fort Hare, South Africa, where he taught research methods from 2017-2019. He has and continues to mentor several postgraduate students. Anthony is driven by the quest to generate evidence that would shape policies, make society more inclusive, and ensure the wellbeing of all. In 2018 and 2019, he was recognized by Publons for placing in the top 1% of global peer reviewers and currently serves on the editorial boards of BMC Public Health and AIDS and Behavior.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Center
  • 2015–2019
    Lecturer, University of Fort Hare
  • 2017–2019
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Fort Hare


  • 2017 
    University of Fort Hare, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Sciences (Health Sociology)
  • 2012 
    University of Ibadan, Masters of Science (Demography and Population Studies)
  • 2009 
    Ekiti State University , Bachelor of Science (Sociology)


  • 2021
    " I was tricked": understanding reasons for unintended pregnancy among sexually active adolescent girls, Reproductive Health
  • 2021
    Research priorities to support evidence-informed policies and advocacy for access to safe abortion care in sub-Saharan Africa, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters
  • 2021
    Factors Associated with Peripartum Virologic Suppression in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa: A Retrospective Cross-sectional Analysis, Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • 2021
    Adolescent sexual and reproductive health research in sub-Saharan Africa: a scoping review of substantive focus, research volume, geographic distribution and Africa-led inquiry, BMJ Global Health
  • 2020
    Maternal health care services utilisation in the context of ‘Abiye’ (safe motherhood) programme in Ondo State, Nigeria, BMC Public Health
  • 2020
    Inequalities in access to birth by caesarean section in the context of user fee exemption for maternal health services in southwest and north central Nigeria, International Health
  • 2019
    “I am alive; my baby is alive”: Understanding reasons for satisfaction and dissatisfaction with maternal health care services in the context of user fee removal policy in Nigeria, Plos One
  • 2019
    Transactional sex among Nigerian university students: The role of family structure and family support, Plos One
  • 2019
    Protective sexual behaviours among young adults in Nigeria: influence of family support and living with both parents, BMC Public Health
  • 2019
    Coverage of HIV testing among pregnant women in Nigeria: progress, challenges and opportunities, Journal of Public Health
  • 2018
    Concerns about contracting HIV, knowing partners’ HIV sero-status and discussion of HIV/STI with sexual partners as determinants of uptake of HIV testing, Biosocial Science
  • 2018
    Use of traditional and modern contraceptives among childbearing women: Findings from a mixed methods study in two southwestern Nigerian states, BMC Public Health
  • 2017
    Unplanned pregnancy-risks and use of emergency contraception: a survey of two Nigerian Universities, BMC Health Services
  • 2017
    Who benefits from free institutional delivery? evidence from a cross sectional survey of North Central and Southwestern Nigeria, BMC Health Services
  • 2016
    Use of non-emergency contraceptive pills and concoctions as emergency contraception among Nigerian University students: Results of a qualitative study, BMC Public Health

Professional Memberships

  • International AIDS Society
  • South African Sociology Association