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Public Health Researcher, Guttmacher Institute

Onikepe Owolabi, MD, PhD, is a medical epidemiologist specializing in sexual and reproductive health. Her research focus is measuring the burden of unsafe abortion, maternal near-miss as well as delivery of maternal and reproductive health services in low- and middle-income countries.

She is also Program Director, Data Driven Policy Initiative to Improve Women’s Health with Vital Strategies, New York, a global health organization.


  • 2021–present
    Program director, Vital Strategies
  • 2016–2021
    Senior research scientist, Guttmacher Institute


  • 2017 
    London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine, PhD
  • 2012 
    University of Oxford, MSc
  • 2009 
    Obafemi Awolowo University, MBChB