The new DG, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
Pres. Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, 6th September 2012, approved the appointment of Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa as the new Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). This follows the appointment of his predecessor, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, as Assistant Director-General of Health Emergency Intelligence at the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Dr Adetifa, FWACP (Paed) MSc PhD, obtained his first degree from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State. He completed his residency training in Paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and studied for an MSc in Epidemiology at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He received the Fellowship of the West Africa College of Physicians in Paediatrics in 2005.
Until his appointment, Dr Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa was an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also worked overseas as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya, where the overarching aim of his research was to provide evidence for vaccine policy in low- and-middle-income countries, especially Africa. He also previously worked as a Clinical Epidemiologist at the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia. His research interests and work were in Tuberculosis Epidemiology.
Adetifa’s vaccine policy advisory roles include membership of the Kenyan National Immunisation Coordination Committee, WHO AFRO Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (RITAG), Advisory Group of the WHO Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme, and WHO Technical Advisory Group on RSV vaccines.
In 2018, he was awarded the MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship.
Dr Adetifa’s research interests are in vaccine impact/effectiveness studies, innovative approaches/surveillance tools for monitoring vaccination, Tuberculosis Epidemiology, and evidence synthesis including systematic reviews.
Ojal J; Griffiths U; Hammitt LL; Adetifa I; Akech D; Tabu C; Scott JAG; Flasche S 2019 The Lancet Global Health
Silaba M; Ooko M; Bottomley C; Sande J; Benamore R; Park K; Ignas J; Maitland K; Mturi N; Makumi A 2019 The Lancet Global Health
Adetifa IMO; Adamu AL; Karani A; Waithaka M; Odeyemi KA; Okoromah CAN; Bello MM; Abubakar IS; Inem V; Scott JAG 2018 Scientific reports
Adetifa IMO; Karia B; Mutuku A; Bwanaali T; Makumi A; Wafula J; Chome M; Mwatsuma P; Bauni E; Hammitt LL 2018 Vaccine
Hammitt LL; Etyang AO; Morpeth SC; Ojal J; Mutuku A; Mturi N; Moisi JC; Adetifa IM; Karani A; Akech DO 2018 Lancet
Ojal J; Flasche S; Hammitt LL; Akech D; Kiti MC; Kamau T; Adetifa I; Nurhonen M; Scott JAG; Auranen K 2017 Vaccine
Okoi C; Anderson STB; Antonio M; Mulwa SN; Gehre F; Adetifa IMO 2017 Scientific reports