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Rose Leke, PhD
MIM Secretariat Chair

She is  presently  a  Professor  of  Immunology  and  Parasitology  at  the  Faculty  of Medicine  and  Biomedical  Sciences  and  the  Director  of  the  Biotechnology  Centre  at  the  University  of Yaoundé 1. She chairs the Board of Directors of the National Medical Research Institute (IMPM). 

 She has served and still serves on many committees for the WHO: She has been member and Chair of the African Advisory Committee for Health Research from 1999-2001, former member of the Global ACHR. She is Chair of the African Regional Commission for the Certification of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis and one of 2 Rapporteurs of the Global Certification Commission (GCC).   

She was President of the Federation of African Immunological Societies from 1997-2000, and was a Council member of the International Union of Immunological Societies for two terms: 1998-2004. Her research interest is Malaria. She has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the European Malaria Vaccine Initiative (EMVI), The WHO Advisory Committee on Malaria Vaccines (MALVAC), The TDR/MIM (Multilateral Initiative in Malaria) Task Force and presently a member of the Board of Trustees of the African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET). 

E-mail: roseleke@yahoo.com

Peter De Vries MD,

MIM Secretariat Vice chair

He is a medical doctor at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, who specialized in general internal medicine with an emphasis on tropical and infectious diseases, pharmacology and gastroenterology. His research activities focus on treatment and control of malaria; diagnosis and management of other fevers at primary health care facilities; the diagnosis, case management and control of dengue; community health care programs; and lately also on the chemotherapy of leishmaniasis and on the nutrition and epidemiologic transitions. These research programmes may vary by topic but have some characteristics in common: putting research into practice of development, responding to the needs of the population and health authorities, combination of research with capacity building, strong translational compounds with knowledge and technology transfer to the most remote areas.  

In 2004, together with colleagues at AMC he forged a consortium, called the Centre for Poverty Related Communicable Diseases (CPCD) that successively evolved into the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) He successfully applied for two grants by NACCAP and EUROPAID for a research capacity building program in Rwanda and Uganda, to prepare for EDCTP trials for treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. He is a member of several Dutch scientific societies. He chairs the scientific committees of the Dutch Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health and of the Dutch Society of Parasitology. He initiated the Working Group for Field Work in International Health, Uniting Streams, a working group that aims at connecting (young) researchers from all disciplines who are involved in research in tropical medicine and international health. He chairs the Foundation 100th Village and is board member of Malaria no More Netherlands.

Email: p.j.devries@amc.uva.nl


Mbacham Wilfred ScD, PhD
MIM Secretariat Executive Director

Dr. Wilfred Mbacham holds two doctorate degrees, one in the Molecular Parasitology (Yaounde ‘89) and the other in Tropical Public Health (Harvard ‘97). He is an Associate Professor at the Biotechnology Center (BTC) of the University of Yaounde I, Cameroon.

His past research was on Onchocerca volvulus, the causative agent for this disease.  Nowadays, in Cameroon his interest is in the pathophysiology and molecular profiling of the diversity within the Plasmodium biomass as well as the molecular epidemiology of drug resistance in Malaria and TB. Funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, the World Health Organization, Geneva, the European Union (BioMalPar) and the Gates Malaria Partnership at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he has provided important clinical and safety data for policy considerations for past and newly introduced anti-malarial drugs in Cameroon.

He serves as a regional contact point for the Contact Point Network for young African scientists funded by the EU, as resource person in public health for the National Malaria Control Program in Cameroon.  Besides his science pursuits he has won numerous awards in managements and science notably; the Leadership award in 1994 from the Harvard School of Public Health, The Albert Schweitzer Award for IntellectualAchievement and Service, 1997; the Managerial Competence Award of the Federation of African Immunology Societies, 2000; The Award for Excellence in Leadership and Conference Organising, 4th MIM Pan African Malaria Conference, 2005. He was given an award for promoting Malaria Research Excellence at the 5th PAMC in Nairobi, 2009.  He currently runs research funded by the EU, FP7 EviMALAR - Network of Excellence on the patho-biology of plasmodium in Cameroon.  He is coordinator of the FP7 funded PRD-College for the training of the next generation of researchers in Poverty Related and Neglected Diseases from Europe and Africa.  He was elected this year to the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board, Geneva as one of two candidates to represent Research and Academia (2010-2012). 

Email: wfmbacham@yahoo.com


Abanda Ngu, MSc
MIM Secretariat Manager

Mr Abanda NguNjei holds an MSc with distinction in Malaria -Molecular Parasitology and Vector
Biology from a combined UK based programme on the campuses of the universities of Salford, Manchester and Keele. He previously studied at the University of Buea, Cameroon where his debut earned him a BSc in Biochemistry with minor in Medical Laboratory Technology.

His keen interest and daring attitude has greatly exposed him to the challenging and demanding nature of several research studies on infectious diseases ranging from the basic sciences to social and behavioural sciences. He has worked as project manager and coordinator of a Cameroon based Gates funded ACT Consortium LSHTM-University of Yaoundé I; project termed “The Research on the Economics of ACTs.”  He also coordinated the Cameroon chapter of a French-based EU funded project of 4 African countries (ReST-ACMI). 
In 2006, together with peers he engineered the creation of the United Action of Children Computer Clubhouse in a rural town in Cameroon geared at promoting computer knowledge within local secondary schools and community. This initiative witnessed the participation of 210 students from seven local secondary schools and gave birth to a special program aimed at equipping young mothers and school dropout girls in ICT skills.

 He enjoys the translation of theoretical ideas into practical applications and finding workable solutions to the ensuing problems.

Email: abanda@mimalaria.org

Contact Information

Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) Secretariat,
Biotechnology centre,
University of Yaounde I,
B.P 3851 Messa,
Phone: +237 22 23 74 29
Fax: +237 22 23 74 29

Email: abanda@mimalaria.org

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