Ngozi Erondu

Ngozi Erondu, PhD, MPH, is trained as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and works as a Policy Advisor on global health governance and health systems.  She often provides technical support to the US Centres for Disease Control, the World Health Organisation and governments across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia to strengthen capacities …

Meet the Fellow

Facing Discrimination At A Top Public Health University

As I read “More talk than action,” a new study published in the Lancet on how women and ethnic minorities are being held back in schools of public health, I relived the personal experiences that led me to leave academia.   The study, conducted by 10 female researchers, was an investigation into gender- and ethnicity-related differences in …

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Undaunted: Defining Moments

In every leader's journey, there is a moment, or a series of moments, that stand out — a miserable failure, a grand success, a total surprise. The magic in that experience is rarely just the moment itself, but most often the way in which each leader responded to it. It is that response that shapes …

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Lessons Learned from the final Ebola outbreak in Guinea

In mid-March of 2016, I was a new field epidemiologist working in the West African country of Guinea. The Ebola epidemic seemed to be over: We were just 11 days away from being Ebola-free for 90 days, which would mark the official end of the country’s epidemic. Then field coordinator Dr. Angelo Loua walked into our small …

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New WHO Leader Could Improve Global Health Security By Turning WHO Upside Down

A month ago I downloaded all the CVs and applications of the three shortlisted candidates for the new WHO director general. I immediately noted that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was the only one who directly called out the need to bolster the frail health frontlines of many poor countries. As an infectious disease epidemiologist who …

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