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Ephraim Emovon
Consultant , Government agency
Benin City, Nigeria
A medical consultant with over 15 years of experience in laboratory medicine, infectious disease prevention, clinical research coordination, and health project management.
A specialist microbiologist and infection preventionist with an MPH degree, Certified Clinical Trial Coordinator, Commonwealth Professional Fellowship (England), and experience in working with WHO- Liberia and South Sudan.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
2011 – Present: Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Virologist at the Institute for Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers and Emergent Pathogens (IVEP), Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Nigeria. ISTH is a tertiary healthcare facility in Nigeria, the Centre of Excellence for the Management and Control of Lassa fever and other viral hemorrhagic fever (VHFs).
During the past 12 years, I applied my diverse set of technical and professional skills to initially, set up and manage the IVEP diagnostic and research laboratory and later functioned as the Director of the institute.
I coordinated diagnostic services, case management, infection prevention and control, disease surveillance, and clinical research development and implementation in this capacity. I was actively involved in stakeholders’ engagement at the national and internal levels, including advocacy, policy formulation, budgeting, and fund mobilization.
I also served on several technical working groups for WHO, Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in providing technical support for the development of tools, guidelines, SOPs, and training materials for the diagnosis, case management, infection prevention and control and surveillance of Lassa fever, Ebola, COVID-19, and other infectious diseases.
I am the Principal Investigator and pioneer Director of the Infectious Diseases Biobank at ISTH, which has, successfully undertaken the collection of over 10,000 biological reference materials to support research on the development of Lassa fever and COVID -19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccine trials. The biobank is globally recognized and affiliated with the European Viral Archive Global (EVAg), Biobanking and Cohort Network (BCNet), and the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)
2018: Laboratory Technical Officer at WHO South Sudan. I was instrumental in the setting up of the first molecular diagnostic laboratory in the country as part of the WHO Ebola response team.
2015 – 2016: Worked as Infection Prevention and Control Consultant and also as Field Coordinator in charge of case investigation, disease surveillance, and response. WHO Ebola Response -Liberia
2005 -2011: Resident doctor and Registrar at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria.
Educational Qualifications:
• Masters in Public Health (MPH) - University of Benin, Benin City, 2005- 2007
• Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)- University of Benin, Benin City. 1992- 2003
• Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Project Development and Management. University of Ibadan - Institute of Development Administration of Nigeria.2009-2011.
• Commonwealth Professional Fellowship (Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Management)- 2013-2014
• Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCPath) Medical Microbiology and Parasitology National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria; University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria. 2005-2011
• Advanced Certificate in Infection Control Infection Control African Network (ICAN) 2020.
• Certificate in Biobanking Institut Pasteur, France 2020.
• Advance Certificate in Clinical Trial, Addis Ababa University, CDT-Africa, Ethiopia 2022.
• Diploma in Supply Chain Management UniAthena Global Education. 2023.
• Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Trial University of London In-view
Professional Training
• Basic Biosafety Training – West African Bioethics Training Program – June 2023.
• Good Laboratory Practice - West African Bioethics Training Program – June 2023
• Advanced Biorisk Management Course – Sandia National Laboratories/US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) – May, 2023.
• Foundational Biorisk Management Course – Sandia National Laboratories/US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) – January, 2023.
• Basic Course on Human Research - West African Bioethics Training Program – November 2022.
• Nigerian National Code for Health Ethics - West African Bioethics Training Program – January 2021.
• Good Clinical Practice – FHI 360 – October 2018.
• GOARN Training on Outbreak Response – WHO April 2018
• Safe and Secured Approaches in Field Environments – WHO/UNDSS -December 2018.
• Clinical and Diagnostic Techniques – Public Health England (PHE), June 2014.
• Health Resources Management – National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria- March 2011.
• Sexually Transmitted Diseases (HIV/AIDS – Diagnosis, Management, Prevention and Control) – University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria 2009.
Affiliations and Achievements:
• Member Expert Committee for Review of Global Lassa Fever Clinical Case Management Training Package. WHO Geneva – 2022.
• Member Isolation Centre Assessment and Accreditation Committee for COVID-19. National Response, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria - 2020
• Chairman Laboratory Technical Working Group, West Africa Lassa Fever Epidemiological Studies for the development of Lassa fever vaccines, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative (CEPI) -.2020
• Chairman COVID -19 Outbreak Response Committee, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Edo State, Nigeria -2020
• Member Laboratory Technical Working Group, Ebola Response Preparedness, WHO South Sudan – 2018
• Member of National Lassa Fever Steering Committee (NCDC) - 2018.
• Member Technical Working Group on the Development of Target Product Profile (TPP) for Lassa Fever diagnostic WHO, Geneva - 2018.
• Member, WHO group for the Review of Road Map for Research and Development on Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers - diagnostics, therapeutics, and Vaccines – 2018
• Member Technical Working Group for the Development of National Testing Algorithm for Lassa Fever in Nigeria, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)
• Member National Working Committee for the Development of National Rapid Response Manual -NCDC- 2019.
• Member Technical Working Group on the Development of a Manual for infection prevention and control (MAURICE project) NCDC - 2017
• Member National Technical Committee for Development of Protocols and
• Tools for Surveillance of Surgical Site Infections in Nigeria - Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET)- 2017.
• Member, National Technical Working Group on Establishing and Strengthening National Public Health Laboratory Network in Nigeria - NCDC.- 2016
• Certificate of Excellence Nigerian Medical Association, Edo State, 2012.
• Commonwealth Professional Fellowship Award, under Public Health England, 2014.
• Certificate of Excellence, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, 2018
• Best Original Research Article and Oral Presentation, Infection Control African Network Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

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