The Guttmacher Institute is pleased to announce that Professor Isaac F. Adewole has been named the 2008 Bixby Leadership Fellow. Dr. Adewole has collaborated with the Institute since the mid-1990s, working on research into the causes and consequences of unsafe abortion in Nigeria.

Established through a generous grant from the Fred H. Bixby Foundation, The Bixby International Fellowship brings one scholar or advocate from the developing world to the Institute for up to two months to collaborate with staff on international activities. Fellows provide knowledge and expertise that complement the Institute’s work and help build Guttmacher’s capacity to work on issues of global reproductive health.

A professor of obstetrics and gynecology and former provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Adewole is also one of the founders of the Campaign Against Unwanted Pregnancy (CAUP), a research and communications organization that advocates for the health and rights of women in Nigeria. In these and other capacities, he is an outspoken advocate for reducing unsafe abortion and expanding Nigerian women’s access to cervical cancer screening and treatment. He is the principal investigator of the AIDS Prevention Initiative (Harvard PEPFAR) in Nigeria at the University College Hospital in Ibadan. During his fellowship, Professor Adewole will work with Guttmacher research, communications and policy staff to design a study of HIV status and fertility desires in Nigeria and Zambia; he will also help to develop evidence-based messages and advocacy tools on unintended pregnancy and unsafe abortion.