Nairobi, Kenya

Dr Lillian Wambua joins WOAH as Regional Programme Officer One Health for Africa


Picture : Dr Lillian Wayua Wambua (woah) 2022


On 1 August 2022, Dr. Lillian Wambua officially joined WOAH as the Regional One Health Programme Officer, Africa. She is based at the WOAH Sub-Regional Representation in Nairobi, Kenya and replaces Dr. Chadia Wannous who was appointed at WOAH in Paris in late 2021.

Lillian’s role is to contribute to the implementation of WOAH’s mission on One Health in Africa, coordinating activities, improving multisectoral collaboration, and building capacity for One Health in the member countries. She is responsible for providing technical support to the countries of the region and contributing to the management of activities including those related to the implementation of the One Health Joint Plan of Action (JPA), joint national roadmaps and the Tripartite zoonotic guide operational tools.

She is responsible for supporting WOAH’s partnerships within the Quadripartite, and the African Union including the Africa CDC and AU-IBAR. She supports One Health coordination in the region, including, but not limited to, zoonotic disease such as rabies, Rift valley fever, zoonotic influenzas, Ebola, as well as activities on antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Lillian will also coordinate regional activities related to wildlife health, climate change and biodiversity. She will contribute to the promotion of these activities in the region and ensure stakeholder outreach and engagement.

A Kenyan national, Lillian holds a PhD in Ecology and Management of Biological Resources from the Universita della Tuscia (Italy), a MRes in Advanced Genetic Analysis from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom) and a BSc in Biomedical Science and Technology from Egerton University (Kenya).

Before joining WOAH, she worked for nine years on One Health research including research on zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial research at the human-livestock-wildlife-environment interface. Her most recent position was with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Feel free to contact Lillian by email at [email protected]

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