Adetoro Adegoke

Technical Lead, Health service delivery

Dr Adetoro Adeyemi Adegoke has over twenty years’ experience working in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH); health system strengthening (HSS); human resources for health (HRH); and education (pre-service and in-service). She is a midwife by training, with a PhD in Midwifery and Maternal Epidemiology and an MSc in Nursing with a focus in midwifery. She has worked to improve access to skilled attendants at birth in low-resource settings across 11 developing countries in Africa and Asia.

Adetoro was the Women for Health (W4H) programme’s interim Deputy National Programme manager between 2015 and 2016, providing technical and managerial backstopping to the National Programme Manager and the wider project team. Since 2012, she has been the Lead Senior Technical Advisor (STA), providing technical support to other STAs and technical oversight and strategic direction to the programme. W4H is specifically designed to contribute to improved maternal and newborn health outcomes by addressing the critical shortage of female health workers in northern Nigeria.

In South Sudan, under the Health Pooled Fund programme, Adetoro led the first national assessment of all health training institutes, built the capacity of tutors on effective teaching methodology, and led the development of national policies including the South Sudan National task shifting policy and the quality of care policy.

Prior to this, Dr Adegoke was Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the Liverpool John Moores University (2012 – 2013) and Lecturer in Sexual and Reproductive Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) (2007 – 2012). At LSTM, Adetoro was the Director of Studies for the Certificate in Tropical Community Medicine and Health (CTCM&H), the Diploma in International Community Health Care (DICHC) and the Masters in International Public Health-Sexual and Reproductive Health Pathway (MIPH-SRH). For two years at LSTM, Dr Adegoke was the PhD admissions coordinator for the Maternal and Newborn Health Unit.

While contributing to the technical assistance strategic arm of LSTM, Adetoro was the Project Coordinator and Technical Lead for UNICEF and DFID-funded ‘Making It Happen – Phase 1 programme in Sierra Leone, where Adetoro built the capacity of health workers providing RMNCAH services in large public hospitals in Freetown and two rural districts. She provided technical oversight, strategic leadership and timely delivery of interventions, and initiated the capacity building of the District Health Management Team on supportive supervision. In Malawi, Adetoro provided strategic leadership and technical oversight on the UNICEF-funded “improving the quality and uptake of RMNCAH services in Malawi” programme. In Somalia, she provided technical oversight and coordination of the DFID-funded Health Systems Strengthening programme.

Over her career, Dr Adegoke has supported a broad spectrum of innovative and evidence-based activities for HSS, RMNCAH, HRH, Education, and Midwifery in many settings. Dr Adetoro Adegoke has extensive experience conducting and disseminating research and she sits on the editorial board of multiple journals including the Austin Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the International Journal of Nursing Education and Practice.

• PhD, Midwifery and Maternal Epidemiology (Manchester University, UK)
• MSc Nursing (Midwifery Pathway), (Manchester University, UK)
• BSc (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
• Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Registered Nurse/Midwife Educator
• Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH)


Afenyadu GY. Adegoke A, Findley S. (2017). Improving Human Resources for Health means Retaining Health-Workers: Application of the WHO-Recommendations for the Retention of Health-Workers in Rural Northern-Nigeria. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Mgawadere F, Unkels R, Adegoke A and van den Broek N. (2016). Measuring maternal mortality using a Reproductive Age Mortality Study (RAMOS). BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 16 (1):291. DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-1084-8

Ameh CA, Adegoke AA, Pattinson R, van den Broek N (2014). Using the new ICD-MM classification system for attribution of cause of maternal death – a pilot study. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12987. P32-40

Mannah M, Warren C, Kuria S and Adegoke AA (2014). Opportunities and challenges of implementing community based skilled birth attendance in Kenya. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Ueno E, Adegoke AA, Masenga G, Fimbo J, Msuya SE (2014). Skilled Birth Attendants in Tanzania: A descriptive study of cadres and emergency obstetric care signal functions performed. Maternal and Child Health Journal; 18 (4). DOI 10.1007/s10995-014-1506-z.

Adewemimo A, Msuya S, Olaniyan C and Adegoke AA. (2014). Utilisation of Skilled Birth Attendance in Northern Nigeria: A cross sectional survey. Midwifery.

Utz B, Siddiqui G, Adegoke A and van den Broek N. (2013). Definitions and roles of a skilled birth attendant: a mapping exercise from four South-Asian countries. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12166

Adegoke AA, Campbell M, Ogundeji MO, Lawoyin TO and Thomson AM. (2013). Place of Birth or Place of Death: An evaluation of 1139 maternal deaths in South Western Nigeria. Midwifery. eScholarID:193074

Adegoke AA, Mhango D, Utz B, Hofman J and Van den Broek, N (2012). Facility Based Maternal Death Reviews in Malawi: A review of causes of death and contributory factors. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics vol. 119 October, 2012. p. S265 DOI: 10.1016/S0020-7292(12)60442-1. ISSN: 0020-7292.

Ameh C, Adegoke AA, Hofman JJ, Ismail FM, Ahmed FM and van den Broek N. (2012). The impact of emergency obstetric care training in Somaliland, Somalia. International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; 117 (2012), pp. 283-287