Meet Our Ambassadors
WILLIAM ADDO MILLS-PAPPOE
William Addo Mills-Pappoe is an experienced Medical Laboratory Scientist who has been in active service for 31 years, during which he has held several positions. He is currently a Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist and Head of Clinical Laboratory Unit, Institutional Care Division, Ghana Health Service, a full member of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) and a Foundation Fellow of the West African
Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Scientists (WAPCMLS) and the Ghana Chapter of WAPCMLS. MLS Mills-Pappoe is an accreditedAuditor ofAfrican Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). He was Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist, in the Volta Region, Ghana for 12 years. He holds MSc Haematology from University of Westminster, London, a certificate in Health Administration and Management (HAMS) from Ghana Institute of
Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and a certificate in Strategic Management for Public Health Laboratory Systems from George Washington University in the USA, and in Clinical Laboratory Technology fromTokyo,Japan
Mills-Pappoe has undertaken research in several areas including the “Role of Glutathione in Defence Against Nitrosative Stress in Erythrocytes (2004)”, “Implementation of Human Leucocyte Antigen (HLA) Testing in Ghana (2003)”, “Rate of Reticulocyte Count in Ghanaian Adult Sickle Anaemia Patients in the Steady State (1998)”, “Laboratory-based Nationwide Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance in Ghana (2015)”, “National Guidelines for
Diagnoses of Malaria (2015)”, “Proficiency testing for malaria microscopic diagnosis: two years of implementation in Ghana (2015)”, “Assessing Diagnostic Capacity and Laboratory Services in Ghana (2016)”, and Guidance Document for Development of District and Peripheral Laboratory Services to Support Universal Health Coverage (2019).
MLS Mills-Pappoe has served on many Committees as follows:
Point of Care Testing Guidelines Committee – Chairman
Ghana Health Service Costing Committee – Member
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Technical Working Group – Member
Laboratory Technical Committee (LTC), Ghana – Member
Laboratory Accreditation Policy Technical Working Group (LAPTWG), Ghana – Chairman
Laboratory Information System Technical Working Group (LISTWG), Ghana – Member
Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists Disciplinary Committee (GAMLSDC) – Member
Volta Regional Hospital Strategic Planning Committee (VRHSPC) – Member
Volta Regional Hospital Welfare Association (VRHWA) – Chairman
Volta Regional Hospital Client and Provider Satisfaction Survey Committee – Member
Dr. Abu Abudu Rahamani
Dr. Abu Abudu Rahamani is a seasoned laboratory professional with expertise in Clinical Microbiology. He has more than 20 years of practical experience, during which he has held several positions. He is a Deputy Chief Medical Laboratory
Scientist currently working as a Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist with the Ghana Health Service in the Upper East Region. He is an Assistant Lecturer at the Bolgatanga Technical University. He holds a BSc. in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Ghana, Mphil from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and a Doctor of Medical Laboratory from the University for Development Studies (UDS).
He is a Foundation Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science. Dr. Rahamani is the current President of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) and Board Chairman of the Medical Laboratory Cooperative Credit Union. He is a leading member of the Labprenuers Network, a platform for Entrepreneurs of the Association. He was a former Regional Chairman for the Upper East Regional Branch of GAMLS and former vice president of the Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientist. Dr. Rahamani is an ambassador for CelebrateLAB WestAfrica Conference.
Dr. Stephen B. Kennedy
Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator (PI) UL-PIRE Africa Center, an Infectious Disease Research Center
Dr. Abdourahmane Sow
Senior Medical Epidemiologist/Head of Laboratories Services Epidemic Control and Public Health Laboratories, West African Health Organization (WAHO)
Dr. Nkereuwem Sunday O. Etukudoh, Ph.D, FWAPCMLS PROVOST / Chief Executive Officer Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (Science) (FSMLT) (Federal Ministry of Health) Jos University Teaching Hospital Compound Permanent Site, Lamingo, P.M.B 2253, Jos
Abiola A. Fasina-Ayoola MD, MSHP, DTM&H
Affiliations: R-Jolad Hospital System/Emergency Healthcare Consultants (EHCON), Lagos, Nigeria Email: Abiola.Fasina@emergencycareconsultant.com
Telephone: +234 8060624878 Abiola Fasina, MD, MSHP, DTM&H, is an emergency and critical care physician and a health policy
consultant based in Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Fasina completed her training in emergency medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. After several years of practice, she completed a two-year emergency point-of-care ultrasound fellowship (POCUS) and a Masters in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Fasina is involved in emergency medicine development and POCUS education in Nigeria and practices clinical emergency and critical care medicine. She is a board member and foundational fellow of the Faculty of Emergency Medicine at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPGMCN) inaugurated in June 2019. She was part of the selected cohort of medical professionals that
drafted the national emergency medicine curriculum for future training programmes.
Her research and interests have focused on capacity building of emergency health systems in low and middle-income African countries specifically around POCUS and clinical decision-making. She has worked in Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zanzibar and has extensive international experience. In 2019, after repatriating back home to Nigeria, she founded Emergency Healthcare Consultants (EHCON), a social enterprise focused on medical education and training in emergency and critical care. To date, EHCON has trained over 250 clinicians locally in emergency resuscitation, basic emergency care, and point-of-care ultrasound and opened a dedicated COVID-compliant training center in Yaba, Lagos in September 2020. EHCON has partnered with Fujifilm/Sonosite to launch the West African Sonoexpert Academy in order to provide local opportunities to acquire point-of-care ultrasound skills, critical to improving and optimizing clinical decision-making and making medical procedures safer. Dr. Fasina-Ayoola is also the medical director of R-Jolad Hospital System, Lagos Nigeria. R-Jolad is one of the largest private hospital systems in Lagos, Nigeria with three sites across the city. It is a multi-specialist hospital providing a range of services with the aim of providing quality at an affordable price. Dr. Fasina heads the emergency department of the hospital launched in March 2022. She has recently been funded through a pilot grant from Duke University Global Health Institute to study emergency sepsis with the aim of developing a locally relevant algorithm for care.
DONALD OFILI, PhD, FWAPCMLS, FMLSCN
DR OFILI is a Medical Laboratory Scientist with over 25 years of relevant operational and strategic level experience in disease control efforts and Laboratory strengthening. He holds a Ph.D. in Haematology from Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Medical Laboratory
Science Council of Nigeria (FMLSCN), Fellow, West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (FWAPCMLS). He is currently the Director and Deputy Registrar, MLSCN Accreditation Service. He is a WHO-AFRO Certified Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) Trainer, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Certified Laboratory Quality Assessor, African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) Certified SLIPTA Auditor, ISO 15189 Lead Accreditation Assessor, ISO 17025 Accreditation Assessor. He is also a Member of the Nigeria Laboratory Technical Working Group (NLTWG), Subcommittee Chairman of NLTWG on Laboratory Quality Management System, Biosafety/Biosecurity and Laboratory Information Management. Chairman, National Technical Committee on Standards for Medical and Medical Related Services with Secretariat at Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), member ISO/TC 212 Clinical Laboratory Testing and In-vitro Diagnostic Test Systems and member ISO/TC 212 WG1 – WG5.
He is a Contributing Author, Nigeria National Essential Diagnostics List (NNEDL). He has attended several capacity building workshops which includes
the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) workshop on ISO/IEC FDIS 17011:2017 – Conformity He also attended the AFRAC workshop on IAF/ILAC A3: Template Report for the Peer Evaluation of an Accreditation Body held in Cairo, Egypt on 27th September 2017 and then attended the
AFRAC workshop on ISO/IRC 170212016 and ISO/IRC 17021-3:2017- Competence Requirements for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) held in Cairo, Egypt on 28th September 2017. He was the General Secretary, Local Organizing Committee, 4th ASLM International Conference, 10th – 13th December 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Chairman of the West Africa Regional Biosafety and Biosecurity
Technical Working Group. He is an Ambassador for CelebrateLab® West Africa 2023 Conference in Abuja coming up between 25th and 28th April 2023.
Francis Kakooza is the Deputy Head of the Global Health Security Department at the Infectious Diseases Institute-Makerere University. He is also the Program Director for the Program on Research for Vaccine Effectiveness [PROVE] in 15 Africa Union (AU) member states under the Africa CDC Savings Lives and Livelihoods Initiative. Francis is currently completing his PhD studies at Makerere University focusing on pathogen genomics, molecular epidemiology, STI and antimicrobial resistance. His background training is laboratory science, and infectious diseases management.
Achiangia Patrick Njukeng | Associate Professor of Virology, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology,
Faculty of Science, University of Buea, Cameroon
I have been a University Lecturer for 23 years, and currently the Vice Dean in Charge of Research and Corporations at the Faculty of Science from March 2018 till date. During these years, I have had a research grants from the International Foundation for Science (IFS), and a Humboldt Research
Fellowship for a 10-months research stay in Germany. From the grant and fellowship I have set-up a molecular virology laboratory and have supervised 15 postgraduate research students.
I founded Global Health Systems Solutions (GHSS), and International Non-Governmental Organization, with Head Office in Douala Cameroon, where I am the pioneer Executive Director. The main focus of the NGO is to strengthen health systems and services in resource limited settings,
with a particular attention on the quality of laboratory services in resource limited countries. I was among the first pool of the World Health Organization’s (WHO-AFRO) Certified Laboratory Auditors in 2009, and established the baseline situational analysis of laboratories in Ghana and
Cameroon. I developed the laboratory improvement plan for both countries through which I obtained funds from PEPFAR/CDC under cooperative agreement (CoAg) grants to GHSS, as the Principal Investigator (PI). I have led the GHSS teams in Ghana and Cameroon to implement the SLIPTA
program in both for the past since 2010, with five laboratories attaining 4 stars by WHO/ASLM SLIPTA audits in Ghana, and five laboratories accredited in Cameroon by SANAS being the first accredited laboratories in Central Africa region. I have led the GHSS team to carry out research on antimicrobial resistance that has led to several publications. These studies have been carried out in humans, animals and environment in the context
I have led the local technical teams that have worked with the Georgia Institute of Technology group (Computing for Good, C4G) to develop and customize the Basic Laboratory Information System (BLIS) for laboratories in Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Republic of Cameroon
through funding from grants and sub-grants from PEPFAR/CDC and APHL, respectively. As the Principal Investigator (PI) of a sub-grant from African Field Epidemiology Network (AFNET) we developed the National Laboratory Strategic Plans for five Caribbean countries (Bahamas,
Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica and Suriname). I am the PI of two Cooperative Agreements (CoAg) with CDC/PEPFAR in Cameroon and
Democratic Republic of Congo, and three grants from Africa CDC to Strengthen Regional Integrated Surveillance and Laboratory Networks (RISLNET) in Central Africa Region (9 Countries) and West Africa Region (15 Countries).
Dr. Donald I. Ofili, PhD, MSc, FWAPCMLS, FMLSCN | Director & Deputy Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN)
He is a Medical Laboratory Scientist with over 25 years of relevant operational and strategic level experience in disease control efforts and Laboratory strengthening. He holds a Ph.D. in Haematology from Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (FMLSCN), Fellow, West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (FWAPCMLS). He is currently the Director and Deputy Registrar, MLSCN Accreditation Service. He is a WHO-AFRO Certified Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) Trainer, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Certified Laboratory Quality Assessor, African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) Certified SLIPTA Auditor, ISO 15189 Lead Accreditation Assessor, ISO 17025 Accreditation Assessor. He is also a Member of the Nigeria Laboratory Technical Working Group (NLTWG), Subcommittee Chairman of NLTWG on Laboratory Quality Management System, Biosafety/Biosecurity and Laboratory Information Management. Chairman, National Technical Committee on Standards for Medical and Medical Related Services with Secretariat at Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), member ISO/TC 212 Clinical Laboratory Testing and In-vitro Diagnostic Test Systems and member ISO/TC 212 WG1 – WG5. He is a Contributing Author, Nigeria National Essential Diagnostics List (NNEDL). He has attended several capacity building workshops which includes the African Accreditation Cooperation (AFRAC) workshop on ISO/IEC FDIS 17011:2017 – Conformity
Assessment- Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment- Bodies between 23rd – 24th September 2017 in Cairo, Egypt.
He also attended the AFRAC workshop on IAF/ILAC A3: Template Report for the Peer Evaluation of an Accreditation Body held in Cairo, Egypt on 27th September 2017 and then attended the AFRAC workshop on ISO/IRC 170212016 and ISO/IRC 17021-3:2017- Competence Requirements for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) held in Cairo, Egypt on 28th September 2017. He was the General Secretary, Local Organizing Committee, 4th ASLM International Conference, 10th – 13th December 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Chairman of the West Africa Regional Biosafety and Biosecurity Technical Working Group. He is an Ambassador for
CelebrateLab® West Africa 2023 Conference in Abuja, Nigeria.
Specialties: Haematology, Blood Transfusion Science, Medical Parasitology, Laboratory Quality Management System, Laboratory Assessment, Occupational Health and Safety, and Biosafety and Biosecurity.
Dr. Alexander Martin-Odoom (Ph.D, M.Sc, B.Sc)
Dr. Martin-Odoom is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Biomedical & Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana, teaching Virology to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and training Medical Laboratory Scientists for the health sector. He is the president of the Association of Private Medical Laboratories, Ghana. He is the Board Chairman of Quadushah Medical Diagnostic Centre Ltd in Tema and the Board Chairman of Hamagen Molecular Laboratory Consult Ltd in Tema. He is a member of the National Laboratory Network for COVID-19 PCR Testing (working on the National Quality Assessment Programme for COVID 19 Testing). He is the Medical Coordinator of Baobab Medical Centre, Biriwa- an Amicus Onlus Project (Not-for-Profit Organization). He is a Member of the Examination Committee and External Assessor for the National Board for Professional and Technicians Examinations (NABPTEX)-Health Sciences Committee. He is a Consultant Clinical Virologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist. He has oversight responsibilities in satellite laboratories in 3 hospitals in the Greater Accra Region. He has several publications in Peer Reviewed journals on research interest spread across viruses causing major human diseases. He has more than a quarter of a century of experience in medical laboratory sciences practice in hospitals, clinics, and independent medical laboratories.
Dr. Laud Anthony Basing
Dr. Laud Anthony Basing is Medical Laboratory Scientist, Engineer, Innovator and Entrepreneur. He is a lecturer at the Department of Medical Diagnostics, KNUST and the Founder and CEO of Incas diagnostics. He is also the Executive Director of Incas Impact Foundation. Dr. Basing is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow in the Business and Entrepreneurship track and was previously, the Chairman of the Linkages Committee of the West and Central African Regional Advisory Board for the fellowship. He is a member of American Society for Microbiology (ASM)’s Young Leaders Circle, and the former ASM Young Ambassador to Ghana. He is the former Vice Curator of the Kumasi hub of the Global Shapers Community, a global network of young people driving dialogue, action and change, a former President of the Young African Leaders’ Network-Ghana and a member of the Alliance for Young entrepreneurs Ghana. On the professional front in Medical Laboratory Practice, he is a former regional executive of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) having been the Secretary of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Chapter, Ashanti Regional Secretary, Ashanti Regional Financial Secretary and Ashanti Regional Vice Chairman. Laud Anthony is the first Ghanaian to have been nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, a prestigious award aimed at strengthening African innovation ecosystems through supporting a culture of innovation and competitiveness, whilst spurring growth of innovative, market-driven African solutions to African challenges.
Air Commodore Edward Abayomi Akinwale (Rtd)
An acclaimed Medical Laboratory Scientist, a retired Air Force officer, and an Associate Director Laboratory Quality Assurance expert, he is the author of the famous QMS book A Guide to Unlocking SLIPTS Checklist and ISO 15189- A preparation tool for 5-star performance towards international accreditation of medical laboratories. He is a Fellow Member of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria. He holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and PhD in Haematology. He is a Certified Laboratory Auditor of
the African Society for Laboratory Medicine. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) in December 1985 and rose to the rank of Air Commodore in December 2009. He voluntarily retired from the NAF in October 2015. During his tour of duty in the NAF, he commanded most of the medical laboratories in the Service. After retiring from the Nigerian Air Force, he worked with the Henry Jackson Foundation, US Military HIV Research Program Nigeria as the Associate Director of Laboratory Quality Assurance overseeing the research laboratories across West Africa. He also served as an Ambassador for CelebrateLab® West Africa Conferences from 2019 to current.
Ignatius Abowini Nchor Awinibuno is Consultant Medical Laboratory Scientist with over 22 years of professional experience; the Chief Programme Officer(Director) Allied Health- Technical Coordination Directorate, MOH, Ghana; Found an Fellow of West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science; Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Science; Institute of Directors, Ghana
Qualifications: Cert. in Medical Laboratory Technology, Korle Bu, Part I ACCA-Uk, Leadership & Management in Health/ Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health from University of Washington; BSc in Medica Laboratory Science from University of Ghana and Doctor of Medical Laboratory Science from the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale; Master of Philosophy in Chemical Pathology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST) and a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Governance from University of Professional Studies, Accra. Foundation Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS)
Previous Roles: President of Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS); Council of Presidents for Ghana Federation of Allied Health Professions(GFAHP);GAMLS National Financial Secretary, Greater Accra Financial Secretary GAMLS; Vice-Chairman of the Health Service Workers Union, Korle Bu Branch; Board Member-Medical Laboratory Credit Union; Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist/Supervisor, KBTH.
Current Roles: Member-Health Commodities Group for Covid-19 of Ministry of Health, Ghana; WAPCMLS Council, Ghana Chapter; Part-time Lecturer in Chemical Pathology, Management/leadership and Ethics at University for Development Studies. Facilitator and resource person for several fora, committees and conferences. Quality Expert and trainer in Quality Management System. Ambassador-CelebrateLAB, West Africa.
Candace B. Eastman, CEO and founder of Africabio Enterprises Inc., began her professional career as a bench scientist and worked in all areas of the clinical laboratory. She also worked as a bench scientist for biotechnology companies before taking on more managerial roles in quality management systems. She focused the majority of last 20 years of her profession in business development. She built strategic relationships with firms whose products were at various phases of clinical development in the U.S, as well as building experience in W. Africa.
She holds an MBA with a concentration in strategic management from Johns Hopkins University.
At the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) in the U.S, she worked alongside the Midwest Investor Network to showcase economic development efforts to companies in other parts of the country, which resulted in a fertile ground for new life science investment opportunities in Mid-America. She assisted in starting up BIO Ventures for Global Health. In W. Africa, she’s worked in various leadership positions in Liberia’s Ministries of Health (MoH) and Commerce. As the Director of the National Diagnostic Unit of MoH, she spearheaded the creation of the first strategy and national policy.
As Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry, she created avenues for trade mainstreaming and led the development of Liberia’s export strategy of agricultural products. As Founder of Africabio Enterprises, her diverse range of experience has allowed for its growth and expansion through opportunities in developing a diversified company with a core technical focus in laboratory systems strengthening and horizontal services in organization and leadership development. Now in its 5th year, Ms. Eastman’s experience in business planning, organizational development, financial analysis, and creating opportunities for business to business partnerships positively impacts the bottom line of Africabio Enterprises, Inc. She is also the co-founder of CelebrateLAB, a regional W. Africa event for laboratory professionals.
Dr. Dennis Adu-Gyasi
A Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Deputy Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist / Research Fellow with Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC), an institution he has worked with since 2007. He has a PhD in Immunology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
Over the past 12 years, his research has focused on epidemiology and immunology of infectious diseases (mainly malaria, HIV and neglected tropical diseases (Soil Transmitted Helminths)), test method development and validation to improve medical laboratory diagnosis, quality assurance and training in research capacity development and medical laboratory services within the Ghana Health Service.
He contributed to the validation of CareStart G6PD RDT, a novel rapid diagnostic test kit for the screening of Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) in the tropics. He has been involved in the clinical trials of development and testing of the RTS, S malaria vaccine, having participated in the Phase 2 and Phase 3 trials that brought the vaccine to a pilot implementation phase currently ongoing in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. His current research work looked into the immune-epidemiology of soil transmitted helminths and plasmodium species co-infection in the middle belt of Ghana. He was awarded the first Meritorious Award for Best Scientists in Kintampo Health Research Centre for the year 2018.
Trained as a medical laboratory scientist at the University of Zimbabwe, Ellen is a very experienced technical expert in laboratory system strengthening as she is an all-rounder in the medical laboratory field. She is a medical microbiologist with 20+ years of progressive experience and a proven record of significant, successful contributions in the public health laboratory field. She spearheaded the setting up of the TB culture laboratory at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory in Harare, Zimbabwe (2010), and served as a TB laboratory consultant for the WHO-AFRO Region from 2013 – to 2017. She has vast experience in the implementation of laboratory quality management systems based on ISO15189 and the implementation of the SLIPTA/SLMTA program. Ellen was heading the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory when they attained ISO15189 accreditation in 2017. She worked with a CDC-funded project under the University of Massachusetts, Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL) which was instrumental in the introduction of the SLMTA program in Liberia. She also has experience in project management and leadership development. Ellen has vast experience which she acquired through exposure to working in diverse roles that involved Leadership and Strategy Development, Monitoring and Evaluation, Risk management, Resource management, Budget, Grant application, and contract management. Ellen has worked in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Liberia and with her TB work, she has provided consultancy to Ghana, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Gambia, Mozambique, Botswana, and Namibia.
Currently, Ellen is a Team Lead for the USAID funded IDDS project which is strengthening the diagnostic network in Liberia.
Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan
Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan is a Liberian medical doctor, biomedical research scientist, inventor and social activist. He earned his medical degree in human-medicine from the Medizinische Fakultät (Charité) der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. Dr. Nyan has expertise in infectious disease research. He was trained and worked as scientist at the US National Institutes of Health, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the US Food and Drug Administration in the USA. He is the inventor of the US-patented rapid multiplex pathogens diagnostic test that detects and simultaneously identifies multiple infections in less than an hour.
The “Nyan-Test” is rapid, portable, affordable and easy to use in many settings. During the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Dr. Nyan testified before the US Congress and provided a road map to ending the Ebola outbreak as well as proposed the establishment of the African Center for Diseases Control and National Public Health Institutes in the African regions. He has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including “Nature” (Scientific Reports), “Clinical Infectious Diseases” and the “International Journal of Infectious Disease.” He is the winner of the 2017 African Innovation Special Prize for Social Impact and Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Research in Medicine from the Ward Educational Fund. Dr. Nyan currently serves as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of Shufflex Biomed, a diagnostic start-up company that develops testing kits for infectious diseases. He is a member of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), and the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences (AAAS). Dr. Nyan is currently active in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and Africa as Member of the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps and the Diaspora COVIV-19 Pandemic Focus Group.
Dr. Adrian N.O. Oddoye
Dr. Adrian Oddoye is the Founder and Medical Director of Akai House Clinic. A General Practitioner with over 20 years of practice, Dr. Oddoye is a proponent of preventive medicine and community health. He is a Trustee of the University of Ghana College of Health Sciences, and a member of the Ghana Medical Association, the University of Ghana Alumni Association, the Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners and the International Panel Physicians Association. Dr. Oddoye has been the US Embassy Post Medical Adviser since 1996, and is a panel physician for the US Embassy, Canadian High Commission and Australian High Commission. Dr. Oddoye has served as the KLM Air France Consulting Physician for over 10 years, and has consulted both on the ground and in-flight. He is the current president of the Ghana Club, a social club dedicated to preserving the cultural and social history of Ghana. He also supports the creative arts, and enjoys gardening, tennis and golf.
Dr. Adeola Olanrewaju Oluboyo
Prof. Adeola O. Oluboyo is a Lecturer, Researcher, and Scientist. She has Ph.D in Medical Laboratory Science. Her area of specialization is Chemical Pathology (Clinical chemistry), Department of Medical Laboratory Science, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria. She is a fellow member of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science (WAPCMLS) and, Science by women for Africa. She has more than 25 years’ of experience in teaching and laboratory services in Nigeria with a proven track record of research in both communicable and non-communicable diseases and a special interest in HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cancer, Hypertension, and Diabetes. She has more than seventy publications in both local and International journals. She has been actively involved in clinical laboratory operations, management, teaching,
mentoring, and clinical research. She has served in several capacities as a public speaker, coordinator, and Head of the department, and Dean of Faculty. She has a passion for training, mentoring, and providing support in form of consultancy services to young researchers. She also has a
passion for women’s and children’s health and participates in voluntary and free health services to people in various communities.
Ekanem Blessing Udoh
Ekanem Blessing Udoh is a Laboratory Specialist with more than 15 years of working experience in microbiology, research TB and HIV diagnostics. In-depth knowledge pf laboratory quality management system. She is currently working as a Medical Laboratory Specialist at the National Professional Officer Laboratory, World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria.
Prof. James Garba Damen
Prof. Damen, James Garba (PhD, FWAPCMLS, FMLSCN, MASCB, KSM), is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Head, Medical Laboratory Science, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, College of Health Sciences, University of Jos. He is a Medical Laboratory practitioner to the core, having rose through from an attendant to a professor. He worked in Jos University Teaching Hospital and rose to the rank of Principal Medical Laboratory Scientists before taking up an appointment with the University. James holds a MSc. Degree in Medical Microbiology from University of Jos Faculty of Medical Sciences, Nigeria, a Doctorate degree in Medical Parasitology from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Nigeria. He is a Fellow, West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science, Fellow, of Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria, a member of American Society of Cell Biology, and a Member of Knight of St. Mulumba, Nigeria. He has experience working in an accredited molecular biology Laboratory. He conducted a lot of research on HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria. He has served as a consultant to many international and national organizations such as United Agency for International Development (USAID) on HIV strategic implementation, The Carter Center Nigeria on training malaria microscopists and quality assurance, US DOD, Malaria consortium. Prof. James has facilitated several quality management trainings and was appointed into the Covid -19 research team by Plateau State Governor. He is the National President, the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria.
He is also an Ambassador for CelebrateLab® West Africa 2023 Conference in Abuja coming up between 25th and 28th April 2023.
Haja Dr. Isatta M. Wurie
Dr. Isatta Mamyiye Wurie is an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Pathology and Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences. She holds a MSc. Modules Virology from the Liverpool John Moore University and a Post Graduate Module Intensive Epidemiology and Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Dr. Wurie also possesses a Post Graduate Certiﬁcate in Biomedical Science from the University of Westminster, where she majored in Clinical Chemistry (Chemical Pathology) and Biology of Diseases. She also holds IBMS Certiﬁcate of Expert Practice (CEP) and a collaborative Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Viral Epidemiology from the University of Portsmouth and the LSHTM.
She is currently the Vice Chair of the Medical Research Council, Sierra Leone, a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science in UK and the ECOWAS Regional Medical Laboratory Quality Auditor. She co-chairs the National Laboratory Technical Working Group and the Scientiﬁc and Technical Advisory Group for Emergencies in Sierra Leone. In addition to being a member of the WHO Regional 5-man Expert Technical Working Stream, she serves as a member of Sierra Leone’s Scientiﬁc and Ethical Review Committee, a member of the African Society for Laboratory Science, a Board Member of the Directors of African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) as well as a member of PREVAC-UP External Advisory Board: The Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccinations-extended Follow-up and Clinical Research Capacity Building Build-up. She also played instrumental and enviable roles which resulted in the establishment of an accreditation systems (SLMTA) in Sierra Leone and the Molecular Unit in Central Public Health Reference Laboratory in Sierra Leonne.
Dr. Toyosi Y. Raheem
Dr. Raheem, Toyosi Y. (MSc, Ph.D., FMLSCN, FWAPCMLS, FAMLSN, Cert Immunol.) is a Research Fellow/Medical Laboratory Scientist at the Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Department of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba-Lagos, Nigeria. He attended the School of Medical Laboratory Science, University College Hospital, and Ibadan, Nigeria where he graduated in 1988. He holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Medical
Microbiology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria and a Certificate in Immunology from College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria and a Foundation Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science where he is currently an ex-officio member of the Nigerian Chapter and a member of the Bacteriology Faculty. Dr Raheem worked in some private health institutions in Nigeria before he joined NIMR in 1996.
He worked astutely for ten years (2006-2016) at the National TB Reference Laboratory of the Institute as Laboratory Supervisor before his current position in the Institute. He currently heads the Respiratory Disease Research Laboratory in the Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, NIMR. He is a member of the Committee for the Establishment of Biorepository Laboratory/Bio-Bank and also a member of the Institutional Review Board (Health Research Ethics Committee) at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. Currently, Dr. Raheem is a member of the Governing Board of
Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria; a Member, of the MLSCN External Quality Assessment Advisory Committee, and a member, of the Accreditation Advisory Committee of the Nigerian National Accreditation Service (NiNAS). Dr. TY Raheem served meritoriously as the National President of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) between 2014 and 2017. His area of research interest includes mechanisms of antimicrobial drug resistance, especially in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other priority bacterial and fungal pathogens in respiratory infections. He is a member of Sandia National Laboratories’ West African Trainers Network / Trainers Development Program on Bio-risk
Management. Dr Raheem is the 12th National President of AMLSN (2014-17) He is also an Ambassador for CelebrateLab® West Africa 2023 Conference in Abuja coming up between 25th and 28th April 2023.
Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah, PhD, MPH, MA
Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah, most recent positions before joining SLL Project of Africa CDC was a short term Health Security Technical consultant for the World Bank where he worked on Pandemic diagnostics for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the Context of the COVID-19. He also served as a contract Consulting Senior Scientist for the US National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) through Medical Science & Computing, LLC (MSC) based in the USA.
He is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine and Global Health at the Harvard Medical School. He was recently appointed as an Adjunct Faculty at the newly created Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Policy & Research (CEID) at Boston University.
Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an NGO in Liberia and the USA (Refuge Place International) to address the issues of access to quality affordable health care that impacts maternal and infant mortality among poor urban and rural dwellers in Liberia and is about to open an office in Sierra Leone. He was awarded the USAID Liberia Health Worker and the Development Person of the Year 2017 award for his work with Refuge Place International.
He was the recent past Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) that he co-founded. NPHIL was developed as a consequence of the devastation of the 2014/2015 Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
Dr. Fallah completed his PhD in Immunology at the University of Kentucky, his MPH in Global Health/Infectious Disease Epidemiology, at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. For his work building community-level trust in the Ebola response, Dr. Fallah was named a Time Magazine Persons of the Year in 2014. In June of 2019, he visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, as a part of a team of local NGO and York University in Canada, to evaluate and advice on the Ebola response.
Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe
Disease Surveillance Department
Ghana Health Services
Nene Salamata Bah
Nene Salamata Bah is a Senior Lab Technologist at the National Service of Occupational Medicine, Guinea. She holds a master’s degree in Medical Biology from Gamal Abdel Nasser University, Conakry, Guinea.
Sarah Kwao is the Quality Manager of the Pathology Division of the 37 Military Hospital. She was employed by the Ministry of Defense to serve at the military hospital as a Medical Laboratory Scientist after her one-year national service at the same institution. By dint of hard work, she rose through the ranks and was appointed to serve on the quality steering committee as logistics oﬃcer of the Pathology Division of the Military Hospital in 2012. She diligently combined this appointment with service as the Deputy Head of the Chemical Pathology Department until July 2018 when she was appointed to ﬁll the role of her former boss as the Quality Manager. She was also nominated in August 2014 to serve as the Laboratory Oﬃcer of the Ghanaian Medical Contingent 11, a United Nations’ level II hospital in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI-GHANMED 11). She is also the laboratory’s representative of the National Aids Control Program (NACP) in the hospital and a member of the Joint West African Research Group constituted by the US Naval Research Unit 3 (JWARG/NAMRU 3)” She brings on board a 14-year working experience as a Laboratory Scientist.
Kassaye Tekie Desta (MSc, MPH & PhD)
Kassaye Tekie Desta is a senior Laboratory Scientist and certified public health professional with 18 years of technical and managerial experience in diagnostic laboratories, pharmaceutical quality control laboratories, hospital management, and health science colleges. Kassaye holds an MSc degree in Medical Microbiology from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Medicine, Master of Public Health (MPH) and PhD in Health Science from the University of South Africa. From 2011-2017, He worked for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Liberia and Ethiopia as a laboratory specialist. From 2009 to 2011, He worked as a national quality assurance manager for the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI); former Ethiopian Research and Nutrition Research Institute (EHNRI) seconded by CHAI Ethiopia. From 2011-2017, He provided the necessary support for the completion of several in-service training in HIV point of care testing, HIV 1 DNA PCR for Early Infant Diagnosis and Viral load testing in Ethiopia and Liberia as well as several laboratory quality management system trainings. Kassaye led the Initiation of the first HIV molecular test at the national reference laboratory of Liberia and the first MTB/RIF GeneXpert testing in Liberia.
Kwame Asante, an ASCP-certiﬁed Medical Laboratory Scientist, received his undergraduate degree in 2000 in Virginia, U.S.A. Since graduating, he worked as a Generalist in several clinical laboratories in departments such as Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Blood Bank, and Microbiology. In 2005, he joined the Georgia Public Health Laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia where he was part of the Immunology Department and the Bioterrorism Unit that performed testing on suspected white powder for anthrax. Later, he was the Science Lead and Program Manager for the BioWatch surveillance program across the U.S. With his Master’s in Business Administration, Kwame Asante joined the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute in 2016 as a Program Manager overseeing Quality Management Systems activities in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia. In 2018, he joined the Association of Public Health Laboratories and relocated to Ghana as Technical Lead to support PEPFAR and GHSA funded activities. Kwame is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health.
Dr. Alexander Yaw Debrah
Alexander Yaw Debrah is an Associate Professor of Parasitology and Global Health at the Department of Medical Diagnostics and the Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. He holds a Master’s in Clinical Microbiology and PhD in Medical Parasitology. He became a lecturer at the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at KNUST in 2007, where he teaches Medical Parasitology at the Medical School and the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences. He has held a number of positions at the KNUST, including Head of Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.
He is also a research scientist and has over 50 publications in peer reviewed journals. He has received a number of international awards including American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Travel Award in 2007, a nomination by VW Foundation of Germany to attend a forum of Nobel laureates and young promising scientists in Lindau, Germany in 2010, the prestigious bi-annual main prize of the German Paul-Ehrlich-Society for anti-infective therapy (“PEG”) in 2013 and the German “Momento Research” Prize of 2015 for Neglected Tropical diseases (NTDs). He has also won both Junior and Senior fellowships of European Foundation Initiative on Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD) and EDCTP Senior fellowship award (2020).
He has a number of ongoing research activities sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, European Commission, European Foundation Initiative on Neglected Tropical Diseases (EFINTD), VW Foundation of Germany and German Research Foundation (DFG) of Germany, EDCTP among others.
He has held a number of international positions including being a member and co-Chair of the planning committee of Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) of the American Society of Microbiology from 2014-2016. He was the first African to hold this position since the formation of ICAAC about 60 years ago.
Prof. Debrah has research collaborations with many international universities including the University of Bonn, Bernhard Nocht Institute of Hamburg, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland, and the University of Buea in Cameroon among others.