African Union [to 17 December 2016]
November 30, 2016 Press Releases
Dr. John Nkengasong named first director of Africa CDC
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Governing Board of the Africa Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is pleased to announce that Dr. John Nkengasong, PhD, MSc, a seasoned virologist, has been named as the first Director of the Africa CDC effective January 1, 2017.
Dr. Nkengasong brings a wealth of public and global health experience to his new role. He currently serves as the Acting Deputy Principal Director for the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. He joined CDC more than 20 years ago and has directed the laboratory programs for the Division of Global HIV and TB, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support diverse programs in partner’s countries in several countries in Africa, South East Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.
“The Africa CDC offers a monumental opportunity to strengthen public health capacity on the continent to respond to the threats we face. The institution will provide strategic direction and promote public health practices within Member States through capacity building, promotion of continuous quality improvement in the delivery of public health services as well in the prevention of public health emergencies and threats”, said Professor Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who serves as the vice chair of the Governing Board…