Moderators

Bio

I am a medical doctor and public health professional with significant experience in non-profit management, program management, quality improvement and healthcare service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa (West Africa) and the US. I work mainly with undeserved and vulnerable populations and am involved in health systems strengthening efforts and initiatives in SSA and other low and middle income regions.

Work Locations

  • Ghana
  • Nigeria
  • United States

Organizations

  • Global Health Corps
  • Operation Smile

Bio

Graduated in May, 2014 from Walden Univeristy with a PhD in public health/epidemiology. 2005 graduate of the University of TN Health Science Center in Memphis with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Presently: 1. Independent Principal Investigator at Bright Minds in Epidemiology Inc. specializing in Infectious Diseases (malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS). NCD: Leukemias, HD & diabetes. 2. Travel Medical Laboratory Scientist at Club Staffing (AMN Healthcare). My researchgate profile at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pierre_Bush

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • AMN Healthcare (Club Staffing) & Bright Minds INC

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Sungano is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences of Africa University, a Senior Research Fellow of the Biomedical Research and Training Institute and Senior Research Associate of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is investigating public health strategies for delaying or minimizing the evolution of Plasmodium falciparum resistance to antimalarial drugs. Currently his team is examining the field dynamics and determinants of drug-resistant P. falciparum alleles in human and vector phases in order to identify potential targets for containment approaches. Earlier work included the relationship of Plasmodium falciparum transmission control on levels of multigenic drug resistance. Parallel studies explore the development of non-invasive methods for the detection of P. falciparum malaria using human saliva and urine samples. Source: http://malaria.jhsph.edu/people/faculty/?gf_id=4009

Work Locations

  • United States
  • Zambia

Organization

  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Joel Breman

Joel Breman

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Joel G. Breman, M.D., D.T.P.H., F.I.D.S.A., is Senior Scientific Adviser, Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Dr. Breman's recent research has defined the considerable burden of malaria and development of policies and practices to conquer this disease. He was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Keck School of Medicine, the University of Southern California; and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He trained in medicine at the University of Southern California - Los Angeles County Medical Center; in infectious diseases at the Boston City Hospital, Harvard Medical School; and in epidemiology at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Breman worked in Guinea on smallpox eradication and measles control (1967-69); in Burkina Faso at the Organization for Coordination and Cooperation in the Control of the Major Endemic Diseases (1972-76) where he was Chief of the Epidemiology Section; and, at the World Health Organization, Geneva (1977-80), where he was responsible for coordinating orthopoxvirus research and the certification of smallpox eradication. In 1976, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Dr. Breman investigated the first outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever as part of an international commission. Following the confirmation of smallpox eradication in 1980, Dr. Breman returned to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he began work on the epidemiology and control of malaria. Dr. Breman joined the Fogarty International Center in 1995 and has been director of the International Training and Research Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases and other institutional strengthening programs in low-income countries. Since 2001, Dr. Breman has been co-managing editor of the Disease Control Priorities Project (www.dcp2.org) and lead editor of three volumes of articles on "the intolerable burden of malaria" published as supplements to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (www.ajtmh.org).

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Violet Chaka

Violet Chaka

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

I am a lead medical technologist working for an organisation called Namibia Institute of Pathology, a parastatal of the Ministry of Health and Social services, Namibia. I have an Honors degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences and I am reading for a Masters degree in Public Health with the London School of Hygiene. I graduated in 2002 at the University of Zimbabwe. WORK EXPERIENCE: 1. 2009 to date- Lead medical technologist (NIP) Among other lab duties I co-ordinate and provide quality assurance aspect of Point-of-Care testing within the Ministry of Health in the region, and act as Lead Biomedical Scientist in relation to care of patients on Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART), TB and malaria patients. 2) 2008 to 2009 worked at International Training and Education Center on HIV, I-TECH Namibia. While working for I-TECH, we raised HIV awareness among the army personnel, opened counselling and testing sites as well as their only lab and clinic. 3. 2002 to 2008 Principal medical technologist, Harare Central Hospital, Zimbawe I was also a volunteer trainer of nurses and counsellors in HIV counselling and testing.

Work Location

  • Namibia

Organizations

  • Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia
  • Namibia Institute of Pathology - NIP
Johanna  Daily

Johanna Daily

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Johanna Patricia Daily, M.D., M.S. is an infectious disease specialist who is interested in the role of parasite biology in clinical disease. She has carried out translational studies in Africa for over ten years, to define parasite and host genetic associations with disease outcomes. In addition to basic research Dr. Daily has participated in studying malaria intervention outcomes with GHE resident Dr. Sievers in Rwanda. She completed her infectious disease fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She is presently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with active collaborations in Malawi, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Kileken ole-MoiYoi

Kileken ole-MoiYoi

Moderator Emeritus

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Kileken ole-MoiYoi is the Head of the Novartis Africa Health Alliance (NAHA), a team focused on the nexus between corporate responsibility and business to enable long-term commercial growth while improving health outcomes in resource-limited settings. Mr. ole-MoiYoi manages the interlinkages between corporate responsibility and Novartis’ business strategy in Africa with NAHA also functioning as an incubator for programs dedicated to strengthening health systems and long-term business growth. Prior to this role, Mr. ole-MoiYoi led capacity building efforts in the Novartis Malaria Initiative, working primarily with national malaria programs in malaria-endemic countries. He was responsible for forming key partnerships with governmental, multi-lateral, bilateral, and non-governmental organizations and was the research and development strategic marketing representative for Novartis’ antimalarial pipeline. Before joining Novartis, he worked for the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Business School, where he led health system research projects, wrote several case studies on malaria treatment and prevention, and founded the Malaria Treatment and Prevention Community on GHDonline. He has also worked for TechnoServe in Kenya and for Community Centered Conservation in the Comoros, working with rural farmers and fishing communities on business solutions to rural poverty. While double majoring at Brown University (BA Political Economy of Development, BA Human Biology), he wrote an honors thesis on integrating principles of sustainable economic development with the fight against malaria, and co-founded EduVision, a Zurich-based e-learning company that digitized Ministry of Education-approved textbooks for use on tablets in rural settings in sub-Saharan Africa. All contributions made by this author are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer, Novartis.

Work Location

  • Switzerland

Organization

  • Novartis
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Wellington Oyibo

Moderator Emeritus

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Medical Parasitologist and Associate Professor at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. Wellington Oyibo was as a Researcher Scholar and worked on riverblindness (onchocerciasis) – a neglected tropical disease at the Division of Geographic Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama, USA. In this initial area of interest, he contributed to the characterization of the blinding and non-blinding forms of onchocerciasis and elucidated the dynamics in the disease prevention/control with ivermectin (donated by Merck inc.) in endemic communities of Nigeria. Wellington’s research in the last ten years has been on malaria diagnostics and vector control. He works closely with the Federal Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Implementing Partners, State and Local Governments in capacity building for health workers, quality assurance on parasite-based diagnosis using the established platform created by WHO/TDR, FIND and other partners. Wellington coordinates the International Malaria Microscopy and RDT Quality assurance Center, that has now been re-designated The ANDI Center of Excellence for Malaria Diagnosis.

Work Location

  • Nigeria

Organization

  • University of Lagos College of Medicine
Michael Reddy

Michael Reddy

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Most recently I have been closely involved in a multi-agency anti-malaria intervention supervised in collaboration with personnel from the Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Health, the Marathon Oil Corporation and Medical Care Development International Inc and academic institutions in the US and UK. Specifically I have contributed to the design of a entomological monitoring program to inform anti-vector suppression on Bioko Island and mainland Equatorial Guinea. Ultimately, I wish to contribute to a more detailed understanding of the eco-epidemiological determinants of mosquito-borne disease transmission in endemic contexts. My main research interests include malaria and arboviral disease ecology; mosquito vector population dynamics; and anti-vector intervention design and implementation.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Yale University
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Ambrose Talisuna

Moderator Emeritus

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Dr. Ambrose O. Talisuna is Director Global Access, with the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), but based in Uganda. He is formerly assistant commissioner (Head) of the epidemiology and surveillance division of the ministry of health in Kampala, Uganda. Ambrose is a physician and epidemiologist by training and has worked in the area of tropical disease surveillance and control for over 10 years. He has an MBChB degree from Makerere University, an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from the University of Antwerp and Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium. He also has certificates in epidemiology, biostatistics and medical informatics from the Johns Hopkins school of public health, and in advanced monitoring and evaluation and public sector management from the International Law Institute in Washington. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers in well-known scientific journals and has been an advisor to a wide array of international organizations. Ambrose is currently a member of the international Ethical Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières, a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) and a permanent member of the Global Fund Technical Review Panel (TRP).

Work Location

  • Uganda

Organization

  • Medicines for Malaria Venture - MMV
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Mitsuru Toda

Moderator Emeritus

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Harvard School of Public Health
Prashant Yadav

Prashant Yadav

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Prashant Yadav is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Healthcare Research Initiataive at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. Previously he was a Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics. Prashant’s research explores the functioning of pharmaceutical supply chains using a combination of empirical, analytical and qualitative approaches. His more recent work involves supply chains for medicines in sub-Saharan Africa and other resource limited environments . In this work he collaborates closely with leading policy organizations and philanthropic foundations. Prashant serves as a consultant and adviser in the area of pharmaceutical supply chains to the World Bank, World Health Organization, UK Department for International Development, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Medicines for Malaria Venture and many other global health organizations. He is the author of many scientific publications and his work has been featured in prominent print and broadcast media. Prashant obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, his MBA from the FORE School of Management and his PhD from the University of Alabama. Before academia, Prashant worked for many years in the area of pharmaceutical strategy, analytics and supply chain consulting.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • University of Michigan