About us

Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and has one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world. Recent studies have established that invasive bacteria are the leading cause of childhood mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and that most of these infections are preventable from routine vaccination or proper primary care. Unfortunately, a poor understanding of the magnitude of these bacterial infections and their associated illnesses has not lead to significant advancements in their prevention or treatment.

The International Foundation Against Infectious Disease in Nigeria (IFAIN) was established to facilitate the generation of a credible surveillance system for the determination of the etiologic agents of bacterium syndromes and opportunistic infections in the general population of Nigerian children. Data from these systems are being and will be, used to develop new tests and vaccines as well as to monitor the impact of medical interventions. Of particular interest is the etiology of disease in vulnerable populations, such as children who suffer from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), sickle-cell disease (SCD), and malnutrition.

Our Mission

IFAIN is committed to improving the quality of life of children in Nigeria, and the rest of the world, by reducing the burden of infectious and related diseases. 


  • Reduce childhood mortality and morbidity as related to infectious diseaseĀ 
  • Improve disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Work with and grow capacity within the local health care system.


  • Provide credible local disease burden and incidence rates of childhood infectious diseases
  • Conduct new and innovative research to capture the true etiology of disease
  • Support local health care infrastructure by providing improved diagnostic capabilities through the provision of diagnostic equipment
  • Train health care professionals and students
  • Work and collaborate in full cooperation with like-minded individuals and organizations, both locally and internationally, who share common goals