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By Isioma D Okolo, MBChB, DTMH, MRCOG

Isioma D Okolo

Isioma Dianne Okolo, MBChB, DTMH, MRCOG is a medical doctor specialising in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Scotland, UK. Having lived and worked in Nigeria, Togo, Brazil, Uganda, the UK, and the USA, Isioma brings a global lens to all her work and thought.


In 2011 Isioma graduated from the University of Edinburgh and was elected to the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology( RCOG) in 2018. She is currently a Paul Farmer research fellow at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), Harvard Medical School, and MPH( Clinical effectiveness) candidate at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.


Isioma is motivated by her mission to connect and advance reproductive wellbeing, equity, social justice, sustainable financing, and technology in health care.

She is committed to championing health communication that breaks down traditional hierarchical barriers in knowledge generation and sharing.


Isioma is the recipient of the Brigham & Women’s Hospital Connors Global Women’s Health fellowship award, BEST Scholar award, RCOG Bernhard Bahron, and Medical Association of Nigerians Across Great Britain (MANSAG) Travelling fellowship awards. She also holds leadership roles as a representative on the UK RCOG Race Equality Taskforce and director of KWISA- a community-based organisation that works to connect and ‘INpower’ women of African descent living in Scotland.

Blogs by Isioma D Okolo

The menopause is a natural part of the female life cycle. But why do women become invisible after the menopause? Dr Jen Gunter answers my question 'Ain't I A Woman?"

The menopause is a natural part of the female life cycle. But why do women become invisible after the menopause? Dr Naghat ARif answers my question " Ain't I A Woman?"

In this game of gonads, who decided that a testicle is worth more than an ovary?

To deputise a complete stranger to interfere with a woman’s health choice is constitutionally, medically, morally and ethically wrong. That's the end of my sentence.

Cervical cancer can be prevented. When detected early it can be treated and cured with surgery. As we mark the one year anniversary of the "Cervical Cancer Elimination Day of Action", I reflect on the role of surgical systems in eliminating cervical cancer.

Adolescents make up 16% of the population and straddle the sometimes uncomfortable gap between childhood and adulthood. Seeking out information on the internet makes sense but at what cost?

Periods don't have to cost us education, equity and the environment

We had no say in the decision of when, how, where and to whom we were born. Yet this was one of the most important decisions in our lives, which continues to impact us today.

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