Autumn meeting 11.11.2021: Adolescent suicides in Nigeria

The autumn meeting 2021 of Global Health Finland will take place on Thursday 11th of November at 6.30 pm at Helsinki main library Oodi and online. In this meeting we’ll discuss suicides in sub-Saharan Africa, and especially in Nigeria. More information from our flyer and Facebook event.

The meeting is free of charge and open for everyone interested in this topic.

Time: 11th November 2021 at 6.30 pm
Place: Helsinki Central Library Oodi (Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki, Finland), 2nd floor, room “Kuutio” and online via Zoom
Registration: The event is free of charge and open for everyone interested in the topic, but registration via the registration form or by e-mail to fsih(at) for refreshments is required by 4th November. You are welcome to join us without registration, but coffee is not guaranteed.

Welcome and introduction – Anna Pulakka
Suicide in sub Saharan Africa – we will never learn what we fail to look for – Dr Michael L Wilson
Adolescent Suicidal Behaviors in Nigeria; Precursor of an avoidable (or not) disaster – Dr Olumide Abiodun
Coffee and discussion

Introduction of the speakers:

Michael Lowery Wilson, MPH, MBA, PhD, is a Docent of Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at the University of Turku and Visiting Specialist Researcher within Injury Prevention at the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University in Germany. He is broadly interested in the development of community-based solutions for injury and violence prevention. A major motivation lies in investigating the mechanisms by which family factors, resource and material deprivation influence injury events and their outcomes. Much of this work is put into practice within a global health context. He serves as one of 21 accredited certifiers or the International Safe Community Certifying Centre (previously the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion) in Stockholm, Sweden. He has published widely in the peer-reviewed literature on topics ranging from the use of trauma narratives as therapeutic discourse, adolescent suicidal behavior and external causes of mortality.

Olumide Abiodun, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Babcock University & Consultant Physician, Babcock University Teaching Hospital Ilishan, Ogun State, Nigeria. Dr Olumide is a Nigeria-based public health physician with over 16 years of experience working in adolescent health, reproductive health, epidemiology of cancer and infectious disease, cancer control, research, education, management, and consultancy. He was a consultant/investigator to the CLIP-Nigeria trial, a multi-million-dollar project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Saving Lives at Birth (through Grand Challenges Canada). The project aimed to address the excess maternal and perinatal mortality derived from the failure to identify and rapidly manage pre-eclampsia and eclampsia at the community level in LMICs. He has been a member of several professional and management groups and his research and consultancy have culminated in several peer-reviewed publications. Dr Olumide is presently exploring critical contextual factors for designing and implementing effective adolescent suicide behavior interventions in sub-Saharan Africa.