Liberia: NPHIL Boss Speaks at London School of Economics and Political Science

The Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah, will today, Monday, June 29, 2020 share experiences on global health issues in response to invitation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The event is being hosted by Firoz Lalji from the Centre for Africa and the Global Health Initiative. Dr. Fallah is among several other speakers and will speak on the topic: "The Impact of COVID on Global Health: A Comparative look at the African Region".

The platform will present a multi-country perspective of effects of COVID on health, health policy, and health systems across Africa. Panelists will share among other things, how countries have shifted their health agendas and funding to focus on outbreak preparedness and management.

According to the London School of Economics and Political Science, the NPHIL boss was suggested because of his expertise from the Liberian experience, stressing that the capacity built through Ebola would be relevant to share and relate to context of Covid-19.

"I suggested your name because I think that your expertise from the Liberian experience and capacity built through Ebola would be relevant to share and relate to context of Covid. For example, how have the efforts that strengthened community/regional surveillance capacity, diagnostic and lab capacity, research partnerships/collaboration, and community mobilization/engagement in Liberia provided lessons and gains from Ebola that may be serving Liberia's covid-19 response. I also think that your complementary perspectives as a public health researcher and a senior decision-maker as DG of the NPHIL would offer unique insights," the invitation to the NPHIL boss among other things added.

Dr.Fallah accepted the invite and informed the School that he would be speaking on relevance health issues of global concern including the public health workforce, laboratory diagnostics, political will and one-government approach, enhanced airport surveillance, behavioral change by the population and decentralized county response based on health system framework.

"I will be speaking on the relevance of the investment and experiences from Ebola on Liberia's preparedness and response to COVID-19," he replied. Dr Mosoka Fallah is a public health consultant and was recently made a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently Director-General-designate of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.

He is also Principal Investigator for the largest Cohort study on Ebola Survivor in Liberia. During the Ebola crisis, he served as the Head of Case Detection in the Montserrado Incident Management System, administering critical aspects of Liberia's Ebola response. He was instrumental in developing the training of trainers' workshops for health workers across the national response.

Meanwhile, other speakers at the event include: Dr. Solomon Kamurari, Head of Programs, Uganda UK Health Alliance, Dr Helen Yifter Bitew, Director for Academic Affairs, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, AbiySeifu Estifanos, Chair of the Department of Reproductive, Family and Population Health, Addis Ababa University, and Dr Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas Research Fellow, LSE.

Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah

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