Dominic Igbelina
MSc in Global Health Policy
London School of Economics and Political Science (Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park and Rotary Club of Hendon), 2020-21
 
Dominic Igbelina’s passion is addressing challenges in the area of disease treatment and prevention. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Theology from the University of Alberta (2016), as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary (2019).

Over the years, Dominic has been an active member of several key health organizations. While at the University of Alberta, Dominic served as president of the UAlberta chapter of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), a non-profit dedicated to ending Canada’s HIV pandemic through research and awareness. As president, Dominic focused primarily on leading awareness campaigns, as well as raising funds to support HIV-related research projects. He was also invited to speak at public events and nursing classes as an educator, and spent time volunteering at an HIV orphanage and primary school in Sumpango, Guatemala. In 2017, The Arthritis Society selected Dominic as its Fund Development and Education Intern for Southern Alberta. In that role, he facilitated “Arthritis 101” and “Chronic Pain Management” classes for individuals newly diagnosed with arthritis and their family members.
Together with his Southern Alberta team, Dominic also helped raise over $130,000 for arthritis research that year. Presently, Dominic volunteers as a Rehabilitation Aide with the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI), where he assists clients who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, with their specialized physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy programs.

Dominic is energized by health research and innovation. He is currently involved in research work with the University of Calgary’s Department of Family Medicine, evaluating the effectiveness and feasibility of a Community Health Navigation Program on the long-term health outcomes of individuals living with multiple chronic conditions. He is also one of four MedTech Fellows in the University of Calgary’s inaugural MedventionsYYC cohort, tasked with developing a health technology that will help improve treatment processes for pelvic and genitourinary cancers.
 
With the support of a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship, Dominic will be attending the London School of Economics and Political Science to pursue a Master of Science degree in Global Health Policy. He hopes that the programme can help equip him with a deeper understanding of complex health issues, and tangible skills to better address health challenges. His long term interests center around developing health technologies for low- and middle-income countries. Data trends reveal that disease profiles in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, are shifting from infectious diseases to chronic diseases. These chronic diseases require diagnostic and treatment device solutions that meet the specialized needs of the patient, health care provider, and health system. There is a pressing need for more and more people interested in this field. Within the next decade, the African continent will experience the largest increase in mortality from chronic diseases, in comparison to other continents. Solutions and medical technologies that have addressed these chronic diseases in other regions cannot always be expected to work in African contexts for a multitude of reasons including differences in personnel expertise and workflows, and insufficient buying power for high-end technologies in many African communities. Moreover, innovators have been less keen on developing health solutions for African markets due to political and business risks. It takes a collection of bold individuals to want to pursue product development for African communities and health markets. Dominic is one of those bold individuals.
 
In his free time, Dominic enjoys reading, digesting podcasts, and visiting museums and galleries.