Introduction to Implementation Science Workshop

Introduction to Implementation Science
October 18 – 22, 2021

African Center of Excellence in Population Health and
Policy Conference Room, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

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Course Overview

This five-day hands-on course is designed for physician scientists at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital/ Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria who are interested in learning Implementation Science concepts, strategies, and design principles. Course participants will learn how to select the key components of an implementation science study; apply theories and frameworks to design of implementation science trials; work out adaptation and strategies that might be needed; and select implementation science outcomes for developed proposals.

Workshop Objectives

Completion of all the modules will empower the course participant to:

  1. Select the key components of an implementation science study
  2. Apply theories and frameworks to design of implementation science trials
  3. Figure out adaptation and strategies that might be needed
  4. Select implementation science outcomes for developed proposals

This workshop is being organized and supported by partners at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Bayero University Kano, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Sponsorship comes from the Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV and Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) training program (V-BRCH) and the AKTH-BUK-Vanderbilt: Developing Future Leaders in Child Neurology and Epilepsy Research program (ABV), both funded by the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (D43 TW011544 and D43 TW011949).

  • Day


    Learning Objectives

    Day 1

    9:00 am – 9:30 am

    9:30 am – 10:00 am

    10.00 am – 1.00 pm

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Module 1: Key Components of Implementation Science

    Welcome Address by the Chief Medical Director, AKTH

    Introduction of Faculty and Trainees


    Group Work

    • Learn what is implementation Science
    • Select the key components of an implementation science study
    • Review an Implementation Science RCT to pick out the key components of an implementation science study; what was done well, what was not.

    Day 2

    9:30 am – 10.00 am

    10.00 am – 1.00 pm

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Module 2: Theories and Frameworks

    Workshop Recap


    Group Work


    • Apply theories and frameworks to design of implementation science trials
    • Select an important health problem in northern Nigeria that has an evidence-based intervention but is not being correctly implemented.
    • Plan the framework for an implementation science trial.

    Day 3

    9:30 am – 10.00 am

    10.00am – 1.00pm

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Module 3: Adaptation and Strategies

    Workshop Recap


    Group work


    • Think through what strategies to use for your implementation science trial;
    • Figure out adaptation and strategies that might be needed
    • Identify types of adaptations needed and how will they be documented

    Day 4

    9:30 am – 10.00 am

    10.00am – 1.00pm

    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Module 4: Implementation Outcomes

    Workshop Recap


    Group work

    • Select implementation science outcomes for developed proposals.


    Day 5

    9:30 am – 10:00 am

    10.00 am – 10:30 am

    10.30 am - 11.00 am



    Workshop Recap

    Presentation of Certificates by VBRCH and ACEPHAP Leadership

    Group Pictures and Adjourn

  • V-BRCH/ABV Lead Faculty

    audetCarolyn M Audet, PhD, MSCI, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Epidemiology,
    Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

    Associate Director, Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research,
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center




    VBRCH Support Faculty (alphabetical order)

    aliyu   Muktar Aliyu, MBBS, DrPH, Professor of Health Policy & Medicine,
    Associate Director for Research,
    Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health,
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

    V-BRCH Multiple Principal Investigator
    musa   Baba Musa, MBBS, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine,
    Bayero University, Nigeria

    Consultant Physician,
    Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

    V-BRCH Investigator
    sani   Mahmoud Sani, MBBS, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Dean of Clinical Sciences,
    Bayero University, Nigeria

    Consultant Cardiologist,
    Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

    V-BRCH Multiple Principal Investigator

    Zubairu Iliyasu, MBBS, PhDMPH Professor of Public Health, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH),
    Bayero University Kano (BUK),
    Chair of Nigeria's National Health Research Ethics Committee

    ABV Multiple Principal Investigator

    fatimah ahmed   Fatimah Tsiga-Ahmed, MBBS, MSc, Assistant Professor of Community Medicine & Director, MS Public Health Program,
    Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

    V-BRCH Investigator

    Auwalu Salihu, MBBS, MSc



    C. William Wester, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine,
    Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health,
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

    V-BRCH Multiple Principal Investigator.

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    Hadiza Musa Abdullahi, MBBS
    I am Dr Hadiza Musa Abdullahi. A consultant Public Health Physician working with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital,Kano and also a lecturer in Bayero University Kano. I attended Ahmadu Bello UniveristyZaria, where I obtained my MBBS certificate and then I went on to University of Sheffield UK where I obtained my MSc Public Health before coming back to Nigeria to specialize in Public Health. I currently teach both undergraduates and Postgraduate students of Bayero Univeristy Kano Health Education/ Promotion among other courses.I am happily married with children. I enjoy reading, travelling and gardening.


    Halima Adamu, MBBS, FMCPaed
    I am Dr Halima Adamu, a paediatrician born and raised in Kano state northern Nigeria. I began my academic career in Kano from primary school through to tertiary education and obtained MBBS from BUK in the year 2006. I joined the postgraduate training in AKTH and became a fellow with NPMCN in Paediatrics (FMCPaed) in 2018, with special interest in paediatric neurology. I am currently developing my career in this field under the mentorship of a certified neurologists. My training exposed me to many courses that enabled me learnt and appreciate leadership and management, research, training and capacity building in addition to clinical expertise. I participated in many researches with both local and international collaborators notably the long-standing robust and escalating VUMC -AKTH collaboration . I have but few publications and presented in conferences. I held posts and positions in medical and non medical associations where I learnt to have excellent interpersonal relationship.


    Babatunde Ademola, MBChB 
    I am Dr Ademola Babatunde, a Consultant Physician/Nephrologist working with the Aminu kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in Kano, Nigeria. I graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife and finished my Residency in Internal Medicine in 2016 from AKTH with a Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. I have been involved in haemodialysis and transplant care for patients with kidney disease, training Medical and Nursing students rotating through the unit and also involved in several ongoing studies and trials. My current areas of Interest are Health related quality of Life among patients on haemodialysis and diabetic nephropathy. I am also a V-BRCH scholar having received training and mentorship from the Vanderbilt and AKTH programmes.

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    Yewande Adeyemo, BDS, FWACS
    Yewande Isabella Adeyemo nee Pinheiro is a Paediatric Dentist. She’s the immediate past Sub-Dean (Academics) of the Faculty of Dentistry, Bayero University, Kano where she lectures year 4 and 5 dental students and consults with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Her research areas include dental traumatology, cariology, endodontics, behaviour management, conscious sedation, quality of life and public health in the paediatric patient. Yewande contributes her quota to improving the oral health related quality of life of the paediatric age group, one smile at a time, which for her, is a motivating factor. She loves to cook, travel, meet, and help people.


    Abdullahi Ahmad, MBBS, FMCPath/FWACP
    My name is Dr Abdullahi Ahmad. I am a junior faculty with Bayero University and an Honorary Consultant Pathologist with the Teaching Hospital. I did my medical degree at University of Maiduguri, and thereafter proceeded to do a residency in Anatomic pathology. My research interests are in the field of cancer epidemiology.



    Jameel Ismail Ahmad, MBBS, FWACS, MBA
    I obtained my basic medical degree in 2004 and did a residency in cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in Nigeria, Ghana and India, which I completed in 2014. Since then I have been practicing as cardiovascular & thoracic surgeon and a lecturer in surgery in Nigeria. I am involved in teaching, training and conducting research in cardiovascular and thoracic diseases and working towards establishing a regional Heart centre. I also obtained a Masters in Business Administration. My career aspiration is to involve more into cardiovascular and thoracic diseases research, clinico-economic studies and health workers brain drain.



    Folahanmi Akinsolu, PhD
    Folahanmi Tomiwa Akinsolu is a Public Health researcher and a Lecturer at the Department of Public Health, Lead City University, Oyo State. He is also an adjunct Research Fellow at the Clinical Sciences Department, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Lagos State. His current position has given him an opportunity to lead, inspire, organize peer activities, such as student workshops, journal clubs. His research focus is on Vulnerability and Health, and has made him proficient in evaluating and analyzing the overall health of communities and societies, and has equipped him with appreciable skills in educating the general public on specific health risks and basic healthy living strategies. He is also able to design and develop specific programs to encourage healthier lifestyles and minimize the risks of illness, diseases, and infections. He has a passion for carrying out investigative studies and research on global public health issues. Currently, he is an ENRTP Trainee, and a receptor of The United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) African Researchers' Small Grants Program. He is also a reviewer and the secretary of Lead City University Health Research Ethics Committee. He has presented at Global Health National/International Conferences and has eight peer-reviewed publications. His long-term goal is to be equipped with the requisite skills to carry out descriptive and inferential analysis and significance tests on public health data with a focus on epidemiological and clinical researches on NCDs, Adolescent/Women’s Health, Infectious diseases such as HIV/TB.

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    Taiwo Amole, MBBS, FWACP, MSc
    Dr Taiwo Gboluwaga Amole is a Public Health Physician, a Senior Lecturer with the department of Community Medicine, Bayero University Kano. She has interest in maternal and child health and specifically adolescent health. She teaches and mentors both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is presently the Deputy Director (Research) at the World Bank supported Africa Center of Excellence for Population Health and Policy where she coordinates the research portfolio of the Center.


    Usman Bashir, MBBS, FWACP
    Dr Usman Bashir is an MBBS graduate of Bayero University Kano in October 2004,Currently serving as a Lecturer I /Honorary Consultant to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and Bayero University Kano concurrently. I had, my primary School Education in Kano and High School at Federal Government College Ilorin, Kwara State Nigeria. In my University days, I serve as my Class-Captain (1996-2004) throughout my medical School years and was the immediate Past Director General of Kano State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS. A Fellow of Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Faculty of Public Health. I have participated in several studies across various states in the country especially in Maternal and Child Health care, Operation Research in HIV care, support, management and leadership level at state and National level. Happily married with 2 children, a boy and a girl.


    Bashir Bello, PhD
    I am Dr Bashir Bello, an Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Lifestyle diseases. Also, I am an Honourary Chief Physiotherapist with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano. My research focuses on how lifestyle disease risk factors like sedentarism, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension may increase the odds of poor prognosis and high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain. I completed my PhD studies at the University of Ibadan in 2016 and completed my postdoctoral study at the North-West University, South Africa, in December 2020.I have mentored and supervised several undergraduates and postgraduates students to PhD level.


    Fatima Damagum, MBBS, FWACP
    Dr Fatima Damagum is a Consultant Family Physician working in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. Her special interests are in Lifestyle medicine and sexual health. She has served in various capacities in various medical associations and has been appointed to several professional committees involved in improving healthcare systems in Nigeria. She is a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship where she studied Public Administration at the University of Illinois. She is passionate about Literature and has since established herself as a newspaper columnist in one of the Nigerian Newspaper.


    Isa Muhammad Daneji, MBBS, MSc, MHE, MDS
    Isa Muhammad Daneji is a physician-researcher and a Lecturer with the Department of Medical Microbiology and Parasitology, Bayero University Kano. He obtained an MBBS degree from Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto. He later completed M.Sc Medical Microbiology, Masters in Health Economics, and Masters in Development Studies from Bayero University Kano. His research interests are in the field of  Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology especially Virology, Mycology, and Immunology. He has been involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.


    Faisal Dankishiya, MBBS
    Faisal Dankishiya is a medical doctor with special interest in health-related research. Faisal has participated in numerous studies in several capacities ranging from project design, implementation, analysis and dissemination. He has interest in implementation research particularly in areas of HIV non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Currently, he is managing an NIH-funded randomized controlled clinical trial that seeks to identify the effectiveness of Lisinopril to retard or reverse progression of kidney disease among HIV positive adults in Nigeria. Dr. Dankishiya is a prospective V-BRCH scholar that will study MSc public health in Bayero University, Kano.


    Jamilu Faruk Abdullahi, MBBS, MPH, FWACP(Paed)
    Jamilu Faruk is a Consultant Paediatrician at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria. His interests are sickle cell anaemia and childhood cancers, and as an avid academic researcher he has several peer-reviewed publications in these areas. His clinical role involves the care of complications of sickle cell stroke, chest crises and late presentations of cancers. His life’s ambition is to Find the community linkage and interventions to limit and prevent these devastating conditions.In addition to his research and clinical role, Jamilu Faruk is actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate training of medical students and residents in Paediatrics. He has served as the postgraduate education coordinator in Paediatrics department in the past half-decade.

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      Safiya Gambo

    Fatimah Hassan-Hanga, MBBS, MAHM, FMCPaed

      Umma Abdulsalam Ibrahim

    Zainab  Ibrahim, MBBS, FWACP
    Dr Zainab Ibrahim is a faculty and chemical pathologist at Bayero University and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. She is a fellow of the West African College of Physicians and a member of numerous professional bodies. She has strong passion for HIV research, which lead to her participation in a number of HIV related studies. Her research areas of interests include molecular diagnostics, endocrinology and oxidative stress. She aspires to become a physician scientist conducting high-impact clinical research in HIV/AIDS & NCDs and contributing to the training of the next generation of laboratory science researchers. For the duration of her carrier, she enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students and resident doctors.


    Ifeoma Idigbe, MSc
    Ifeoma Idigbe is a Research Fellow (Medical Sociologist/Clinical Counselor) and head of the HTS/Counselling Unit, Clinical Sciences Department at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR). She is the Lead of the Social and Behavioural Sciences Research Sub-group and has over twelve years of experience in conducting qualitative research, community engagement and monitoring Research Ethics procedures. She is a reviewer and member of the Ethics Committee and the qualitative lead on several grants. She works with the Care4life team on the PEER Naija study. She is a Trainer of Trainers/Lead Facilitator and has trained over 100 health workers in Nigeria. She is currently an ENRTP Trainee and a recipient of the Director-General’s Young Scientist/Researcher Award. She has presented at national and international conferences, has won several awards, and has over 25 publications. Her research interests are HIV/TB, infectious diseases, NCDs, adolescent/women’s health and the elderly.


    Ibrahim Idris, MBBS, FMCPath, MPH
    I am a board-certified hematologist working with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, as well as an alumnus of VECD-Fogarty Global Health program and American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute. I have a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology). My research interests cover some of the most devastating complications of sickle cell disease (SCD), such as reproductive and sexual health challenges of male patients, neurological injuries, and SCD as an accelerated aging syndrome. I am focused on understanding the clinical epidemiology and treatment strategies for silent infarcts and recurrent ischemic priapism in men with SCD.


    Anas Ismail, MBBS, FMCR
    After acquiring the fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 2011, I had additional training in vascular Radiology and image-guided interventions at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.I was one of the scholarship awardees of the Society of Interventional Radiology (2013) and am currently, the President of the Nigerian Society of Interventional Radiology.I am currently an Associate Professor and honorary consultant at Aminu Kano teaching hospital; and very active in teaching undergraduates and residents vascular Radiology and image-guided interventions. Furthermore, I have a passion for research on vascular ultrasound and biology and the burden of vascular and other non-communicable diseases.


    Rabiu Ibrahim Jalo, MBBS, MSc, FWACP
    In my capacity as a Lecturer and Public Health Physician working with Department of Community Medicine of Bayero University and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano – Nigeria. I have always expressed desire and passion to become a public health teacher and researcher; it is my candid opinion that working with committed senior colleagues and mentors within and outside my home country would drive me to excel in the medical field especially with regards to strategies for the prevention and control of both infectious and Non-communicable diseases, tackling public health problems and as well prepare me for new challenges.


    Fatime Kyari, MBBS
    My name is Fatime Kyari, I’m a Paediatrician working with Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria. I have been working with the Paediatric neurology unit of the hospital for the past two years and committed to pursuing a career in neurology. I also have interest in childhood adversities and have worked onpost-traumatic stress disorder among internally displaced children and adolescents in the northeastern part of Nigeria affected by insurgency.I was born and raised in Maiduguri and obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from University of Maiduguri in 2010. I underwent residency training in paediatrics in Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and became a fellow of faculty of Paediatrics of National Postgraduate College of Nigeria in 2021.


    Aishatu Nalado, PhD
    Aishatu Nalado is a consultant physician and the first trained female nephrologist in Kano, Nigeria. Her areas of research interest are in prevalent disease conditions associated with end stage renal disease and developing effective options of managing renal disease in the tropics, including kidney transplant and dialysis. She provides clinical care at the renal disease clinic at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, where she teaches medical residents and provides clinical leadership and technical guidance in the management of patients with renal disease.


    Abdulgafar Olawumi, MBBS, MHE, FMCFM, FWACP
    Abdulgafar Lekan Olawumi is a consultant Family Physician at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital with special interest in health economics and geriatrics. He specialised in offering continuous and comprehensive care in the primary care, and also coordinates care between other specialist to improve patient’s care. He has written articles on elderly nutrition, morbidity profiles and anaemia. Also, recently wrote an article on face mask use to prevent COVID-19 infection. He is a Nigerian who loves playing football and is happily married with children.


    Kelvin Omeje, BDS, MSc, MPA, FMCDS
    My name is Dr Uchenna Kelvin Omeje, I hail form Enugu State, Nigeria. I work as a lecturer/ Consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Bayero University/ Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Kano. I obtained my first degree (BDS) from the University of Benin in 2004, Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 2013, two masters degree in Public policy and administration  and Public Health from Bayero University Kano in 2016 and 2018 respectively. I have occupied various administrative positions in the University last of which were deputy Dean of the faculty (2016-2018) and Head of Department (2019-2021). I love travelling and making new friends.


    Mansur Ramalan, MBBS, MSc
    Dr. Ramalan  is a Consultant Physician/Endocrinologist at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria. He is a fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Internal Medicine with subspecialty in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and a Master’s degree holder in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from Bayero University, Kano. He just completed a VECD fellowship focusing integration of care for adrenal insufficiency in patients with HIV infection under the mentorship of Profs. Muktar Aliyu, MBBS, DrPH, Zubairu Iliyasu, MBBS, MPH, PhD and Ibrahim Gezawa MD. Dr. Ramalan's research work has been in Pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology of diabetes mellitus and endocrine disorders in resource poor settings


    Auwalu Salihu, MBBS, MSc


    Jamila Sani Ibrahim MBBS, MSc, FMCPaed
    A paediatrician currently with the Department of Paediatrics Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital Kano.She holds an MBBS and Msc from Bayero University Kano. Also a fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigerian Paediatrics. She aspires to become a foremost researcher in her field with penchant for epilepsy, stroke in children with sickle cell anaemia and global health. Provides clinical care, mentors medical students and junior colleagues. Participates in research studies both with local and international collaborators and also a member of some professional bodies.


    Abdullahi  Suleiman, MBBS, MHE, FMCFM, FWACP
    Abdullahi Kabir Suleiman is a Family Physician and currently the Deputy Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee in charge of training and research at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria. His academic credentials include an MBBS and a Masters degree in Health Economics from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate College of Nigeria in Family Medicine and a Member of West African College of Physicians in Family Medicine. He has undergone several training and workshops. Primary care, mental health, non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS are his areas of research interest. He hopes to become the foremost physician and researcher in his field. He was one of the Kano site investigators for the Comparison of Dual Therapies for Lowering Blood Pressure in Black Africans (CREOLE) Study.


    Hasiya Tijjani Ismail, MBBS
    Hasiya Tijjani Ismail received her MBBS in 2006 from Bayero University Kano and completed a fellowship in Internal Medicine and Neurology (FWACP) and a Masters in Health Economics in 2019. She is the first student from the Bayero University MPH program to be selected as a V-BRCH trainee. She has completed multiple training workshops and courses in Nigeria and in international settings.  



    Fatimah Tsiga-Ahmed, MBBS, MSc, Assistant Professor of Community Medicine & Director, MS Public Health Program, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. V-BRCH Investigator



    Aminu Yusuf, MBBS, MSc, FMCPath
    Dr. Aminu Yusuf is a Consultant Hematologist at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and a faculty member at Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. Dr. Yusuf is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCPath) specializing in Hematology, and holds a Master of Science degree in Molecular Medicine from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.  Dr. Yusuf is a Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD)-Fogarty Global Health Fellowship program alumnus and a Fogarty-IeDEA Mentoring Program (FIMP) trainee in the West African region. Dr. Yusuf has participated in all the workshops conducted, to date, under the Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV and Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) V-BRCH program. Dr. Yusuf’s career aspiration is to become an independent researcher and a leading clinician-scientist in the field of genomics of non-communicable diseases in Africa.