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Ifedayo Adetifa Biography : 8 Things You Should Know About the Newly Appointed NCDC DG



Ifedayo Adetifa biography, Education 

Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa has been named the new Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control ( NCDC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.


Chikwe Ihekweazu, who has been appointed to the World Health Organization, will be replaced by Adetifa


Here are eight things you probably didn’t know about the NCDC’s new boss.Ifedayo Adetifa

Morayo Adetifa Education

Adetifa earned his medical degree from the University of Ilorin in Kwara State and went on to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for paediatrics and child health training.

Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and Paediatrics


In 2005, he was awarded the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in Paediatrics.

An epidemiologist with a Dutch education

The new NCDC director earned his MSC and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Professorial Associate

Until his scheduled appointment, Dr. Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology.


Interests in research

Adetifa’s research interests include vaccine impact/effectiveness studies, novel approaches/surveillance tools for vaccination monitoring, tuberculosis epidemiology, and evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews.

African Research Leader Fellowship (MRC/DFID)

He received the MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship in 2018. He is also a member of the Kenyan National Immunization Coordinating Committee and the Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group of the World Health Organization’s Africa Region (WHO-AFRO).

Ifedayo Morayo Adetifa Overseas assistance

He worked as a Clinical Epidemiologist in Kiliufi, Kenya, for the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.


Ifedayo Adetifa Roles in  vaccines

Dr. Ifedayo serves on the Kenyan National Immunisation Coordination Committee, the WHO AFRO Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (RITAG), the WHO Malaria Vaccine Implementation Program Advisory Group, and the WHO Technical Advisory Group on RSV vaccines, among other vaccine policy advisory roles.

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