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AFENET Board of Directors gets new chairperson

Prof. Ernest Kenu is the new chairperson of the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) Board of Directors.

Also serving as program director for the Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, Prof. Kenu replaces the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program Director Prof. Mufuta Tshimanga, who has been board chair since 2007. 

The change in leadership happened at the AFENET annual general meeting held in Kampala, Uganda on 25 February 2022. The annual general assembly which is made up of program directors is responsible for electing members of the board and performing advisory functions to the latter.

AFENET’s Board of Directors comprises eight Individuals who are program directors drawn from the membership, one eminent person, one WHO-AFRO representative and the Director. Two positions are non-voting and are held by the Director and the WHO-AFRO representative.

Who is Prof. Ernest Kenu?

Prof. Kenu is a public health physician specialist, senior lecturer, and an M&E expert at the Department of Epidemiology and Disease Control, School of Public Health, University of Ghana. He has multiple country experience in HIV prevention services, treatment, care, and support. He is a member of the team that established the single largest antiretroviral therapy clinic in Ghana. He has developed strategic plans for various programs both locally and internationally, including Ghana AIDS Commission, AFENET, and West African Health Organization.

He has experience on various projects, including HIV prevention, care and treatment, orphans and vulnerable children and male circumcision programs, malaria, tuberculosis, and surveillance on emerging diseases and capacity building programs in M&E in HIV, Malaria, and short courses in outbreak investigation and surveillance. He has worked for Global Fund as M&E local fund agent for technical and programmatic review of HIV, TB, and Malaria programs in Sierra Leone and Nigeria. 

He has been an M&E consultant for United Nations Children Fund, United States Agency for International Development, and United Nations Population Fund financed programs in Cameroon, Senegal, Uganda, Namibia, and Ghana. He has extensive research experience in outbreak investigation, strategic forward-planning, and global positioning system (GPS)/ geographic information system (GIS) for mapping and Geo-referencing. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles.