Nairobi, Kenya

Dr Chadia Wannous joins the Representation in Nairobi as Programme Officer One Health


Dr Chadia Wannous officially joined the OIE Sub-Regional Representation for Eastern Africa on 11 January 2021 as OIE Programme Officer One Health. Dr Wannous will support the OIE One Health initiatives on the continent, in close cooperation with the One Health Programme Officer based in Bamako, Mali and similar regional positions being rolled-out at FAO (ECTAD) and WHO (AFRO).



Chadia is a Public Health specialist, holder of a PhD in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health (New Orleans, USA 2008) and a MSc from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London,1999), MPH in Public Health (Damascus, 1993) following a first degree in Dentistry (Damascus, 1991).

She has 30 years of track record implementing national, regional and international programmes in areas of health policy, advocacy, programme management, research, and coordination with particular focus on emergency preparedness and response, risk reduction and building resilience of communities and systems, having worked out of USA, Switzerland, Egypt, the Maldives, Thailand and Syria.

Previous employers include the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, the UN System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) Office (various positions), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (various positions), Tulane School of Public Health (US) and the  Ministry of Health, Syria, her country of birth.

Chadia joins the OIE to support the implementation of the Regional Tripartite and One Health activities in Africa, including but not limited to, antimicrobial resistance, rabies, Rift valley fever and other emerging and reemerging zoonotic diseases. The position is in part funded by the US Disaster Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) through a grant to the three Tripartite Partners FAO, OIE and WHO, to assist in the operationalisation of the One Health agenda, including the IHR-2005 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, best known through its main tool, the Joint External Evaluations (JEE), a subject Chadia is deeply familiar with, and the organisation with WHO and FAO, of National Bridging Workshops (IHR and PVS).

Dr Wannous can be contacted at : [email protected]

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