Periods don't have to cost us education, equity and the environment
Isioma Dianne Okolo, MBChB, DTMH, MRCOG is a medical doctor in the final year of her Obstetrics & Gynaecology residency in Scotland, UK. She was born in Nigeria and has worked in Nigeria, Uganda, and Brazil. In 2011 Isioma graduated from 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. She is also completing her MPH at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests are sustainable financing, global reproductive surgery, women’s rights, and equity in healthcare.
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 Task force and director of KWISA- a community-based organisation which works to connect and ‘INpower’ women of African descent living in Scotland.
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.