Funmi is a public health practitioner with a keen interest in Alzheimer's disease awareness and research, especially in its epidemiology and environmental risk factors in Nigeria.
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To reduce the growing impact of dementia, Funmi believes we need to act locally and think globally. Executing more population-based studies on dementia prevalence and focus on preventive strategies.will foster a public health response to dementia in developing countries.
Funmi is involved in promoting Alzheimer's disease awareness and supporting existing dementia care setup within Lagos, Nigeria. Her work includes community-based Alzheimer’s awareness campaigns and the development of dementia awareness materials in several Nigerian languages, in the form of pamphlets and animated videos.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Funmi's aim is to develop a sustainable approach towards strengthening available dementia research and promote awareness by establishing a network of sustainable community-based sensitization programs across Nigeria and address stigmatization, which affects dementia care.
In Nigeria, there has been a 400% increase in dementia cases between 1995 and 2015. The aging population in sub-Saharan Africa indicates an imminent increase in dementia cases, which is projected to surpass 7.6 million in 2050.
Funmi holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Technology from the University of Port Harcourt and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental Health Sciences, from the University of Ibadan, both in Nigeria. She continues to contribute to the success of non-profit and for-profit organizations, with a focus on public and environmental health causes. Funmi actively supports dementia awareness campaigns, research, and training. She has reached over 3,500 people in her campaigns, which are aimed at raising dementia awareness in Lagos, Nigeria.