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A Grateful Farewell to Dr Chima Ohuabunwo

Please join the Board of Directors and Staff of the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) in thanking Dr Chima Ohuabunwo, for his years of dedicated service to AFENET.

Dr Ohuabunwo, announced on Friday, May 31, 2019, after two years of service in the position of Executive Director of AFENET headquartered in Kampala- Uganda, that he is resigning to rejoin his family in Atlanta as well as pursue new opportunities. The AFENET Board of Directors, has appointed Dr.  Simon Antara – Director Programs as the Acting Executive Director, AFENET from June 1, 2019.

Dr Ohuabunwo challenged staff to keep the vision and Mission of AFENET.

“We have worked together for about 2-years now to move AFENET to the next level in the global health arena expanding our partner-base and funding opportunities. Your great efforts at the secretariat and country level led to several landmark achievements including establishment of new FETPs and strengthening existing ones (FELTP Accreditation, faculty exchange programs, cross-border collaboration). Together we launched AFENET Corps of Disease Detectives (ACoDD) who have been deployed to various outbreaks such as: Ebola, Lassa, Marburg, Anthrax, Measles, Monkey pox, Polio among others. We launched AFENET's  in-house journal – Journal of Interventional Epidemiology and Public Health (JIEPH), several scientific writing workshops, grant writing workshop, country-level annual scientific conferences, the 7th AFENET Biennial Scientific conference, AFENET Registration in several countries, Risk management and compliance training in various countries,  and participation in global collaborations such as: GOARN, TEPHINET more of the same.” Said Dr Ohuabunwo.

“I have been part of AFENET for over 10 Years where I served as the first Resident Advisor of the Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program as well as conducted the first Sierra Leone Basic FETP course. Among many other responsibilities, I participated in starting up the Nigeria NSTOP as the first National Coordinator in July 2012. Commenced with 4 Nigeria FETP gradates, NSTOP today employs close to 500 workers.  Also served as the coordinator of the Case Management and IPC team of the Nigeria Ebola EOC during the 2014 Ebola outbreak response.  Over the course of those years we have invested in the organization greatly and created an environment for AFENET to thrive.” said Dr Ohuabunwo.

Addressing staff during the handover at a general meeting, Dr Simon Antara the acting Executive Director thanked Dr Chima for what he has done as a leader of AFENET. He assured him that the vision and mission of AFENET will be pursued and requested hard work and determination from each department. “The burden is a huge one but we can only ask for broader shoulders not a lesser burden” says Dr Antara.

Dr Chima was AFENET’s third Executive Director since establishment in 2005.