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Peter Piot welcomes re-appointment of John Nkengasong as Director of Africa CDC

Dr John Nkengasong has been re-appointed as the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
Dr John Nkengasong

Professor Peter Piot, Director of LSHTM said: "I'm delighted at the re-appointment of Dr John Nkengasong as Director of the Africa CDC. Dr Nkengasong is an outstanding leader with vast global public health experience. His expertise, vision, and collaborative and innovative spirit have been invaluable in building a much needed regional institution for Africa’s health and resilience.

"Dr Nkengasong’s pioneering contributions as inaugural Director have already translated Africa CDC’s vision of safeguarding Africa against disease threats into impact for people and communities across the continent. From mobilizing effective and coordinated responses to multiple Ebola epidemics, to his exemplary and swift leadership addressing COVID-19 challenges in Africa, the continent's health is far more secure.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us again that epidemics pose severe human, economic, and security threats, as well as the critical importance of regional capacity in responding effectively to public health challenges. 

"Never before has the mission of Africa CDC been so critical, and under Dr Nkengasong’s leadership, his dedicated team has been at the forefront of regional and indeed global response efforts, while maintaining an unyielding focus on addressing the other major health challenges facing Africa.

"We at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine warmly congratulate Dr Nkengasong on establishing a world-leading public health institution. We are proud to have collaborated with the Africa CDC since its establishment and remain committed to working together to improve people’s health across the continent and worldwide."

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