A Nigerian Doctor of Pharmacy and researcher based in the United States, Ekiomoado Esekhaigbe, has received a grant from an international Foundation and an achievement award.
Dr. Esekhaigbe got the grant from the United Kingdom-based Jose Foundation to support her work in the area of mental health advocacy and well-being, while her achievement award was by the University of West Georgia in the United States.
The Jose Foundation’s aim is to tackle the social attitudes associated with Child Sexual Exploitation as well as Gender-Based Violence and the assumptions and myths around the effect which is inclusive of mental health disorders resulting in discrimination, exclusion, and stigma.
The Emergency Grant for Humanitarian Projects is a £30,000 grant award used to foster the support of projects that will greatly impact the lives of those affected by Gender-Based Violence or Child Sexual Exploitation.
Apart from the achievement award, Ekiomoado Esekhaigbe is also currently nominated for the Youth Initiative and Empowerment Award.
Her research is focused on delivering psychotropic drugs via transdermal routes as she sets out to introduce a more effective and innovative way to deliver medications.
Experts in psychiatry are predicting that the use of transdermal drug delivery for mental health medications will be an area of immense value.
As a mental health advocate and pharmacist, Dr. Ekiomoado has written a brilliant book on Mental Health Disorders and Innovations Used to Alleviate Its Burdens.
Her pamphlet on Mental Health Matters is being used in behavioural and rehabilitation facilities in both Nigeria and the United States.
Dr. Ekiomoado has received commendations for the work she has contributed to the Mental Health field in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa at large.
She has done extensive work with underserved and marginalized groups in Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camps.
The stigma associated with mental health is rampant in our society and it cuts across all social classes. The spotlight is on Ekiomoado Esekhaigbe as she is one of the young Nigerian Professionals tackling the stigma of mental health and dedicated to researching innovative ways to alleviate its burdens.