Deputy Director General at National Public Health Institute of Liberia and Visiting Scientist, Harvard Medical School
Mosoka P. Fallah, PhD, MPH, MA is a public health consultant and was recently made a Visiting Scientist in the Department of global health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has recently been appointed by the President of Liberia as Deputy Director for Technical Services in the newly established National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL). In that capacity, he provides supervision for the Divisions of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease, Public health and medical Research, Public Health Diagnostics among others. He is the Principal Investigator for the largest Cohort study on Ebola Survivor in Liberia. During the Ebola crisis in Liberia he served as the Head of Case Detection in the Montserrado Incident Management System administering critical aspects of Liberia’s Ebola response. In this capacity he has been providing technical support to the Montserrado County Health Team since the inception of the Ebola epidemic. Dr. Fallah provides training for surveillance, contact tracing, case management, and community mobilization. He was instrumental in developing the training of trainers workshops for health workers across the national response. He has experience in international development work including serving as a consultant on a USAID-funded project with Indiana University and the Liberia Ministry of Health develop a program for the training of mid-level public health staff. Many of the students from his program led major Ebola response efforts throughout Liberia in surveillance and contact tracing.
He was recently asked by the World Health organization to serve as a co-lead of the PPE end user Technical Working Group. He served as a member of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, which includes Peter Piot, the co-Discoverer of Ebola, Chelsea Clinton and Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Fallah received his Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (2011); a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health (2012); a Master of Arts in Evaluation and Measurement from Kent State University (2006); and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biology from the University of Liberia (2001). Dr. Fallah was a highlighted recipient of Time Magazine’s title of Person of the Year in 2014 as an Ebola Fighter.
Ebola in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) has now spread to urban areas. The Conversation Africas Moina Spooner spoke to Mosoka Fallah who was head of case detection during Liberias ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015 about...