It is my vision to build the confidence of Nigerians in the NCDC as the body established to protect the health of citizens through information, inclusion and timely response to health concerns.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu is an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Consultant in Public Health Medicine. He assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer/ National Coordinator of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on the 15th of August 2016 and Acting Director of the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC) on the 1st of January 2017.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Ihekweazu was the Managing Partner at EpiAfric, a health consultancy firm. He worked previously as co-Director of the Centre for Tuberculosis at the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa, a Consultant Medical Epidemiologist with the UK's Health Protection Agency, and at Germany’s Robert Koch Institute.
Dr. Ihekweazu has had several Consultancy roles with the World Health Organization, in response to major outbreaks and supporting the design of surveillance systems in Geneva, Sudan, Liberia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Turkey, and Nigeria.
His scientific research has been focused largely on intervention epidemiology. Dr. Ihekweazu also currently serves on the board of Society for Family Health, Education as a Vaccine, Public Health Foundation of Nigeria, and on the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE.