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Dr. Uche Veronica Amazigo

Retired Director, African Programme
for Onchocerciasis Control
World Health Organization

Professor Uche Amazigo is the Founder and CEO of Pan-African Community Initiative on Education and Health (PACIEH), an NGO coordinating a Public-Private Partnership on community-managed school health and feeding to improve primary education in resource poor settings. She holds a PhD from Vienna University (Austria) and was a Takemi Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (USA) Professor Uche Amazigo PhD, DSc (Hons), FAS Prince Mahidol Laureate in Public Health.

Professor Amazigo is a public health specialist and one of the few female Africans to head a UN Agency. She has devoted most of her academic, public and international career to the control of neglected tropical diseases and community-led health and development programmes. Her pioneering discovery of the suffering, social isolation and disability caused by River blindness skin disease in Nigeria contributed to the creation of the World Health Organization African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (WHO/APOC) in 1995. She has over 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

Professor Amazigo retired from the United Nations as WHO/APOC Director in 2011. She is a Trustee of Sightsavers, UK and The TY Danjuma Foundation, and serves as advisor to several global Boards including Global Health Advisory Board, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA and Maternal Mortality Global Advisory Board of MSD & Co.Inc.

She is a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (FAS), Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and a Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso. She is a recipient of several Awards. In 2013, she received honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and won prestigious Prince Mahidol Award 2012 in Public Health.