Charles has a medical degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Nigeria, completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS). He also has a Master in Public Health from the University of Liverpool, Diploma in Reproductive Health for Developing Countries (DRH) and PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is also a Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Prior, to joining LSTM, Charles was a lecturer and specialist obstetrician at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Nigeria.
Charles leads the Emergency Obstetric Care and Quality of Care unit, International Public Health Department. He is co-Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Maternal and Newborn Health.
- Awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Achieved the highest level of dedication and achievement in clinical care and support to the development of women’s healthcare services- Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology London, 2016
- Lead the CMNH LSTM team declared the winner in the Women’s Health Category of the 2015 BMJ awards for the multi-country Emergency Obstetric Newborn Care training programme
- The article “The impact of emergency obstetric care training in Somaliland, Somalia” selected as one of the top global medicine articles of 2012 by Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review Editorial Board, 2013
- Achieved “The John Lawson Prize 2012”, undertakes the best article on a topic of Obstetrics or Gynaecology derived from work carried out in Africa between the tropics of Capricorn and Cancer-Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology London 2013
Convener of professional course in Emergency Obstetric Care, teaching on Masters modules in sexual and reproductive health (TROP 923, 924, 926, 972), Diploma in Reproductive Health for Developing countries, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and University of Liverpool undergraduate module “Topics in Global Health”. Teaching/examination role at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Sheffield, University of Bedfordshire, the University of Liverpool, the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Moi University and University of Nairobi.
Areas of research
The research focuses around implementation research (T3) and deploying health systems (T4). Our research themes are
- Emergency obstetric care
- Undergraduate training
- Post-graduate training
- Training retention
- Quality of Care
- Maternal Death Surveillance and Response systems
- MDSR accountability frameworks
- Obstetric clinical care monitoring tools
- Early Warming Systems
Charles has conducted research and provided technical assistance in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ethiopia, Somaliland and the United Kingdom.
- Jamila Al Abri: Maternal Near Miss Audits in Oman (2015-2020)
- Aminu Umar: Design and Evaluation of MEOWS chart in low resource settings-Nigeria (2017-2020)
- Duncan Shikuku: Improving the Quality of Midwifery Education in Kenya. (2020-)
- Hauwa Mohammed: Improving the effectiveness of frontline maternity care providers in Nigeria (2020-)
- Sylvia Sia Yomba Fasuluku: Evaluation of Emergency Obstetric Care strategies and implementation in Low-and Middle-income Countries (2020-)
- Ambayo Peter Otte Nyumbe: Impact Of Financing the Essential Health Services Package On Utilization Of Maternal And Newborn Health Services in South Sudan (2020-)
- PI: GBP 3M. Evaluating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health in Kenya. DFID Kenya. April 2019-March 2023
- PI: USD 800, 000. Evaluation of extended Emergency Obstetric Care training package in Kwara state Nigeria-Phase 3. Resource Foundation. February 2018 to July 2020
- PI: $121, 640. COVID-19 support for Nigeria: Evaluating the health facility preparedness for COVID-19
- PI: $67, 207. Developing and evaluating training packages for Comprehensive Abortion Care, Emergency Obstetric Care and Mentoring, using a blended learning approach
- PI: $300, 000. Evaluating interventions to improve maternal and newborn health in Kenya.
- PI: USD 443,235. National Assessment of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care in Namibia. WHO Namibia. June-December 2016
- PI: USD 560,250. Evaluation of Emergency obstetric care training and quality improvement programme in Tanzania. UNICEF Tanzania. September 2016- February 2018
- PI: USD 999, 232. Kenya Pre-service EmOC Training Interventions (PETI) study ISRCTN74563398. DFID Kenya. September 2016- April 2019
- PI: GBP 340, 235. RCT on the effectiveness of mentoring in Sierra Leone ISRCTN94184374. Resource Foundation. January 2017-July 2018
- PI: USD 197, 985. Evaluation of emergency obstetric and neonatal care training and supportive supervision of trainees in Namibia. WHO Namibia. June-December 2016.
- PI: GBP 35, 203. Technical Assistance for the development of Zimbabwe national EmOC improvement plan. UNFPA Zimbabwe. April-September 2016
- PI: GBP 312,412. Impact Evaluation of the Nigeria Maternal Neonatal and Child Health Week. UNICEF. June 2015-30 June 2016.
- PI: GBP 515,195. Evaluation of EmOC Training in north-east Kenya. UNFPA Kenya. July 2015-30 June 2016.
- PI: GBP 261,438. Improving the availability and quality of Maternal and Newborn Health in Kwara State, Nigeria. Phase 2. Johnson and Johnson USA. 16 February 2016- 15 February 2017
- PI: USD 250, 000. Evaluation of Emergency Obstetric and Quality Improvement programme in Kwara state Nigeria-Phase 1. January 2015 to June 2016
- PI: Euro 51, 218. Evaluation of EmONC capacity building intervention in North Bombali Sierra Leone. European Commission. September 2014 to December 2015.
- PI: USD 45, 000. Evaluation of the psychological impact of ebola viral disease outbreak on health care providers in Sierra Leone. Voluntary Services Overseas. December 2014 to 31 July 2015
- Co-I: USD 1, 306, 970. In-service Capacity Building and Training for Health Workers in Sierra Leone: Design and evaluation of training package.
- PI: GBP 74,126.70. Evaluation of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care training in Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Nigeria. April 2010-March 2014
- Co-I: Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Kenya-Evaluation of Emergency Obstetric Care and quality improvement interventions in 3 regions of Kenya. DFID Kenya. £9,318,000. April 2014 to March 2019
- Co-I. GBP 15,862,730. Making it Happen programme (Phase 2)-Evaluation of maternal and newborn health interventions in 11 countries. DFID UK. 2012-2016
- Co-I. GBP 2,830,000. Making it Happen programme (Phase 1)-Evaluation of maternal and newborn care interventions in 5 countries. 2009-2011
- Co-I. GBP 12, 000. A systematic review of Emergency Obstetric Care in LMICs. World Health Organisation. January-June 2011
- Co-I. GBP 7, 580. A systematic review on Misoprostol uses in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. World Health Organisation. 2009-2010
- Co-I. GBP 142,341. Improving the reproductive and sexual health of internally displaced people in Maroodi Jeex Somaliland. European Union. 2008-2013
- Co-I. GBP 5, 500. Secondary analysis of WHO data set on maternal mortality, to assess the global classification of causes of maternal deaths. World Health Organisation. 2007-2008
- Co-I. GBP 195,342. Evaluation of the impact of capacity building in emergency obstetric care in Somaliland Health Systems Strengthening Programme. The DFID United Kingdom. 2007-2010
- Mentor LSTM Leading in Global Health (LIGHT) programme
- Scientific committee member International Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians FIGO regional congress Kigali Rwanda June 2020
- Scientific committee member Global Society for Women’s health research (GLOW) 2020.
- BMC pregnancy and childbirth (2019-date)
- International Health academic editor (2018-date)
- PLOS ONE Academic Editor (2018-2020)
- PhD.: College of Health Sciences, University of Kwazulu Natal, Republic of South Africa (2016, 2018)
- PhD.: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2018, 2019)
- PhD.: University of Liverpool (2018)
- PhD.: University of Sheffield (2018)
- PhD.: University of Bedfordshire (2019)
- External examiner: Masters in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (April 2019 to December 2022)
External administrative or committee roles
- Member Royal College of Midwives Advisory Board (2016-2017)
- Member Medical Aid Films Advisory Panel May (2016-2018)
- Member Kiwi Vacuum Delivery Collaborative Technical Advisory Team for the development of an improved device (2016-2017)
- Technical adviser to Life for Every Mother Charity, this Maternal Health charity aims to make birth safer in sub-Saharan Africa, by providing medication to treat eclampsia and post-partum haemorrhage (2013 to 2018)
- Board member Flight for Every Mother project: Board member on the Flight for Every Mother project. The project was to highlight the maternal mortality situation in sub-Saharan Africa and promote safer pregnancy for women through educating health Professionals-September 2012 to April 2014
- Honorary Senior lecturer Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nairobi, Kenya (February 2019-date)
- Honorary Lecturer University of Liverpool
- Fellow Royal Society of Public Health (Registration number 122785)
- Fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (Registration number 145115)
- Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Registration number 0014748)
- Society for Gynaecologists and Obstetricians Nigeria