WAHO Appoints Nigerian to head ECOWAS Centre for Disease Control

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The West African Health Organization (WAHO) has appointed Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi from Nigeria as the Acting Executive Director of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Regional Surveillance and Disease Control Centre (RCDC). The appointment was announced on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at the Inaugural meeting of the Governing Board of the RCDC in Abuja.
WAHO Director-General, Dr. Xavier Crespin Crespin explained that the selection process of members of the team was already in progress and is expected to be in place by September 2016.

Abdulsalami Nasidi, MD, Ph.D, is a physician with more than 32 years of experience in clinical medicine, public health, virology, and the development of vaccines and biological products. 

Also to his credit, as Nigeria’s Chief Epidemiologist in 1991, he helped develop disease surveillance and notification system and a monthly epidemiological bulletin. He was among 16 people who established the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, in Brussels, Belgium in 2002. 

He also established Nigeria’s Country Coordinating Mechanism and served as its Chair for six years, where he oversaw the development of proposals that generated more than $600 million for Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS/AIDS, TB, and Malaria programs.

He currently serves as the Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chair of the EchiTAb Study group, Nigeria/UK, and Chair/Executive Officer of the Reach Care Foundation, Nigeria.

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