Past Malaria Vaccine Advocacy Fellows

Program participants from 2006 to 2012

Malaria Vaccine Advocacy fellows come away from the program with strengthened communication skills and focused advocacy plans, often gaining international media attention and affecting positive policy change. Participants in the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 programs are listed below alphabetically by year. Read a selection of the past fellows' accomplishments.

2012 Fellows

Eric Achidi, Acting Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon

Muhammed Afolabi, Research Clinician, Medical Research Council Laboratories, Gambia

Harry Boateng, Pediatrician, Presbyterian Hospital/Lead Clinician, Malaria Vaccine Research, Malaria Research Centre, Ghana

Mark Kaddumukasa, Lecturer, Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, Uganda

Simon Kariuki, Chief, Malaria Branch/Principal Research Officer, KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration, Kenya

Georges Ki-Zerbo, Regional Malaria Adviser & Coordinator, Communicable Diseases, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Congo-Brazzavile

Scholastica Lan, Programme Manager, Nigerian Academy of Sciences, Nigeria

Christine Mubiru, Primary Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health, Uganda

Ally Olutu, Senior Research Clinician, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Institution, Kenya

Kafaruki Shubis, Research Scientist, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania

2011 Fellows

Daniel Amoako-Sakyi, Lecturer and Head of Microbiology Department, School of Medical Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Edith Annan, National Professional Officer, Medicines and Health Technologies, World Health Organization, Ghana

Alassane Dicko, Scientific Director, NIH-University of Bamako Research Programs at the Malaria Research and Training Center, Mali

Elizabeth Juma, National Malaria Control Program Manager, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, Kenya

Ibrahim Bello, Senior Hospital Consultant, Department of Family Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Nigeria

Noah Nyende, Research Officer, Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS), Uganda

Mahamadou Aly Thera, Head of the Mali Malaria Vaccine Development Unit (MMVDU) at Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), Mali

Lucas Tina Otieno, Research Officer/Physician Investigator, KEMRI/Walter Reed Project, Kenya

Charles Wanga, Communications and Publications Officer, JHPIEGO, Tanzania

2010 Fellows

Dr. Abdoulaye Diabaté, Researcher, Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé (IRSS)/Centre Muraz - Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe, Public Health Specialist, Head of Surveillance, Ashanti Regional Health Directorate – Kumasi, Ghana

Dr. Benson B.A. Estambale, Director, University of Nairobi, Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases– Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Christine Manyando, Head of Public Health Department, Tropical Diseases Research Centre (TDRC) – Ndola, Zambia

Dr. Samuel Kofi Newton– Clinical Research Fellow, Kintampo Health Research Center - Kintampo, Ghana

Dr. Mary Olapeju Otsemobor, Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant/ Malariologist, Wajomate Consultants (Formerly Deputy Director/Head M&E, National Malaria Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health)– Nigeria

Dr. Felicia Owusu-Antwi, National Program Officer, WHO Ghana/RBM – Accra, Ghana

Dr. Alfred B. Tiono, Head, Public Health Department, Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme– Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Dr. John N. Waitumbi, Research Director, Walter Reed Project, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) – Kisumu, Kenya

2009 Fellows

Dr. George Olusegun Ademowo Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine, at the University of Ibadan – Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Thomas Gordon Egwang Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences – Nairobi, Kenya; CEO, Uganda Media for Health – Kampala, Uganda; Director General and CEO of Med Biotech Laboratories – Kampala, Uganda

Dr. Tinto Halidou Senior Scientist, Institut de Recherche en Science de la Santé/Centre Muraz, Nanoro District Hospital – Nanoro, Burkina Faso

Dr. Gertrude Chapotera Kalanda Clinical Trials Coordinator, Research Support Centre, College of Medicine at the University of Malawi – Lilongwe, Malawi

Dr. Kwadwo Ansah Koram Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Epidemiology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, College of Health Sciences at the University of Ghana in – Accra, Ghana

Dr. Ramadhani Abdallah Noor Clinical Trials Coordinator, African Malaria Network Trust – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. James Aggrey Oloo Network Director, African Malaria Network Trust – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Norbert Mwamburi Peshu Director, Centre for Geographic Medicine Research-Coast – Kilifi, Kenya

Dr. Donath S. Tarimo Lecturer in Parasitology and Medical Entomology, Department of Parasitology/Entomology, School of Public Health and Social Sciences, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Science – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


2008 Fellows

Dr. Selidji Todagbe Agnandji Clinical Researcher, Albert Schweitzer Hospital – Lambaréné, Gabon

Dr. Daniel Ansong Consultant Pediatrician and Senior Clinical Investigator, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital – Kumasi, Ghana

Dr. Kwaku Poku (KP) Asante Clinical Research Fellow, Kintampo Health Research Centre – Kintampo, Ghana

Dr. John Tanko Bawa Project Manager for the Agogo Malaria Vaccine Research Site, Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine – Agogo, Ghana

Dr. John Gyapong Director, Health Research Unit, Ghana Health Service – Accra, Ghana

Dr. John Peter Andrea Lusingu Co-principal Investigator/Epidemiologist, National Institute for Medical Research – Korogwe, Tanzania

Dr. Pasiens Stephen Mapunda Director, Centre for Enhancement of Effective Malaria interventions – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Jean Bosco Ouédraogo Regional Director, Institut de Recherche en Sciences de las Sante – Ouagadougou, Burkina faso

Dr. Ruth Owusu Research Physician and Clinical Research Fellow, Kintampo Health Research Centre – Kintampo, Ghana


2007 Fellows

Dr. Antoinette Ba-Nguz Senior Program Officer, PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative – Bethesda, MD

Dr. Andrew Kitua Director General, National Institute for Medical Research – Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Prof. Wilfred Mbacham Associate Professor of Public Health Biotechnology, Biotechnology Center, University of Yaoundé 1 – Yaoundé, Cameroon

Dr. Bernhards Ogutu Principal Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) – Kisumu, Kenya; Senior Clinical Trialist, Malaria Clinical Trials Alliance (MCTA) of the INDEPTH Network – Accra, Ghana

Dr. Seth Owusu-Agyei Director, Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) – Kintampo, Ghana

Ms. Boemo Sekgoma HIV & AIDS Officer, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum – Windhoek, Namibia


2006 Fellows

Dr. Fred Binka Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Ghana – Accra, Ghana; Project Manager, Malaria Clinical Trials Alliance (MCTA) – Accra, Ghana

Dr. Daniel J. Carucci Director of Science and Director, Grand Challenges in Global Health, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health – Bethesda, MD

Dr. Carter L. Diggs Senior Technical Advisor, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Malaria Vaccine Development Program – Washington, DC

Col. D. Gray Heppner MD Head, Malaria Vaccine Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) – Silver Spring, Maryland

Dr. Adrian V.S. Hill Professor of Human Genetics, Chairman of the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine and Director of the Jenner Institute, Oxford University – Oxford, UK

Dr. Rose Leke Director of the Biotechnology Centre and Professor of Immunology and Parasitology at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1 – Yaoundé, Cameroon

Dr. Carole Long Head of Immunology at the Malaria Vaccine Development Branch (MVDB) of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease/National Institutes of Health (NIAID/NIH) – Rockville, Maryland and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at MCP-Hahnemann University – Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Melinda Moree Former Director, PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) – Bethesda, MD

Dr. Magda Robalo World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative – Windhoek, Namibia