Nigeria’s Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu has been appointed Assistant Director-Common of the World Well being Group (WHO) accountable for Well being Emergency Intelligence with impact from November 1, 2021
An announcement issued Tuesday evening by the WHO Director-Common, Dr Tedros stated Ihekweazu will lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, together with heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin.
He stated: “I’m happy to welcome Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu as an Assistant Director-Common for Well being Emergency Intelligence from November 1, 2021. He’ll lead the work on strengthening pandemic and epidemic intelligence globally, together with heading the WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin”.
” I’m assured that Dr Ihekweazu’s appointment will assist additional speed up WHO’s work in well being emergencies. Please be a part of me in welcoming him to WHO”.
Ihekweazu is at the moment the Director-Common of Nigeria Heart for Illness Management.
He was educated as an infectious illness epidemiologist, has over 20 years of expertise working in senior public well being and management positions in a number of Nationwide Public Well being Institutes, together with the South African Nationwide Institute for Communicable Ailments (NICD), the UK’s Well being Safety Company, and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI). He has led a number of short-term engagements for WHO, primarily in response to main infectious illness outbreaks all over the world.
Based on the profile given by WHO, Ihekweazu is a Nigerian nationwide, who was born in Germany. He’s a graduate of the School of Drugs, College of Nigeria and has a Masters in Public Well being (MPH) from the Heinrich-Heine College, Dusseldorf, Germany.
In 2003, he was awarded a Fellowship for the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Coaching (EPIET) and subsequently accomplished his Public Well being specialization in the UK. He’s extensively printed in medical peer-review journals.