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A native of Douala, Dr. Nkengasong will head PEPFAR, a public health agency at the State Department with a budget of $ 7 billion.

US President Joe Biden on Monday appointed John Nkengasong, one of Africa’s foremost public health experts, as ambassador on behalf of the United States.

This was announced by the White House in an official statement, a copy of which has reached VOA Africa.

If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Nkengasong will be responsible for coordinating PEPFAR, an American agency that finances the fight against the scourges of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in developing countries, particularly in Africa. . He will be responsible for a budget allocation of around $ 7 billion per year, according to the New York Times daily.

“Dr Nkengasong will be the first person of African descent to hold this post” since the inception of PEPFAR under the Bush administration in 2003, the statement said.

The entry of this expert to the State Department will cause a certain loss for the African Union.

Since 2016, in fact, he has been stationed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on behalf of the AU, where he serves as director of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the Pan-African agency for the fight against major endemics.

From the University of Yaoundé to Harvard

According to a biographical sheet contained in the White House press release, John Nkengasong did his undergraduate studies at the University of Yaoundé, then in Belgium and at the prestigious American University of Harvard, in Massachusetts.

While it is true that he has had a long international career, it was during the global coronavirus pandemic that Dr. Nkengasong became better known.

Working hand in hand with the World Health Organization, African governments and other partners, he is overseeing the launch of the Africa Medical Supplies Platform, a public-private partnership for purchasing certified medical equipment such as respirators or scanners.

To his credit, we also count the launch in 2020 of a network of 12 reference laboratories in Africa for the genomic sequencing of the SARS-COV-2 virus, responsible for the Covid-19 disease.

A native of the coastal city of Douala, John Nkengasong has received honorary distinctions in many countries including Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.

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Source: VOA-AFP.

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