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West African Academic Alliance

To ensure the West African Infectious Diseases Institute's (WAIDI's) success and endurance, the West African Chapter of the Academic Alliance was formally established, and provides seasoned leadership and technical guidance for the West African Infectious Diseases Initiative. The West African Chapter currently has membership of a core group of 17 top academicians and health experts from West Africa and the US, selected for their reputations as leaders in infectious disease, including Dr. John Idoko (Co-Chair), Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS and Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi of the Nigerian Centers for Disease Control. As a Chapter of Accordia Global Health Foundation's International Academic Alliance, WAIDI has access to a global consortium of academicians, physicians, clinicians, and researchers who are committed to advancing the establishment of permanent capacity for health leadership and innovation in Africa, including the West African Infectious Diseases Initiative.

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Professor William Blattner, MD (Co-Chair)

Director, Epidemiology and Prevention Division, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland

Professor John Idoko, MD (Co-Chair)

Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA)

Professor Clement Adebamowo, BM ChB Hons, FWACS, FACS, ScD

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland Baltimore – United States

Professor Etim Moses Essien, NNOM, MB, BS, MD

Professor of Haematology, University of Uyo - Nigeria

Professor Emmanual Ezedinachi, MD, DTMH

Professor of Medicine, Director of the Institute of Tropical Diseases Research, University of Calabar - Nigeria

Professor Sir Brian Mellor Greenwood, CBE, FRCP, FWACP, FRS

Manson Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Department of Disease Control, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Professor Emmanuel Oni Idigbe, BSC, PhD

Coordinator, Research Planning and Management, Nigerian Institute of Medical Research

Professor Phyllis Kanki, DVM, SD

Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard University – United States

Professor Oladapo A. Ladipo, MBChB, FRCOG, FMCOG, FWACS, OON

President and CEO, Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)

Professor Souleymane Mboup, PharmD, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Chief Bacteriology-Virology Laboratory, Université Cheikh Anta Diop - Senegal

Professor Idris Mohammed, OON, NNOM, MB, MD, FRCP, DTMH, FMCP, FWACP

Professor of Medicine and Clinical Immunology, University of Maiduguri - Nigeria. Hon. Chief Consultant Physician, Federal Medical Centre, Gombe - Nigeria

Professor Robert L. Murphy, MD

Director, Center for Global Health - Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University – United States

Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi, PhD, OON

Director, Nigerian Centers for Disease Control

Professor Folasade Tolulope Ogunsola, MBChB, MSc, PhD, FMCPath, FWACP

Provost College of Medicine at the University of Lagos, Nigeria

Professor Geoffrey C. Onyemelukwe, (MON) BSc, MBBS, DTMH, FWACP, FMCP, FICA, HonDL

Professor of Medicine and Immunology, Ahmadu Bello University - Nigeria

Professor Papa Salif Sow, MD, MS

Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Dakar - Senegal

Professor Umar Shehu, CFR, FAS, DFMC

Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine, University of Maiduguri - Nigeria

Professor Rich Enujioke Umeh, MB BCh, MSc (CEH), DO, FMC, MRC, FWACS, FICS

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Nigeria Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus Director, Global Health Initiative, University of Nigeria

Professor Abdulrazaq G. Habib

Provost College of Health Sciences Infectious & Tropical Diseases Unit, Department of Medicine Bayero University, Kano


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