Prof. Coll-Seck, Showing Leadership Vision In Africa’s Health Challenges


Awa Marie Coll-Seck is a Senegalese scientist.

She is also the  executive secretary of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and a former minister of health for Senegal.

Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck has been Executive Secretary of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership since March 2004.

Her distinguished international and academic career in public health and medicine includes serving as Minister of Health of the Government of the Republic of Senegal, and Director for Policy, Strategy and Research of the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Coll-Seck was born in 1951 in Dakar, Senegal. After gaining a degree in medicine in 1978 from the University of Dakar.

According to African archives, she served for more than ten years as a specialist in infectious diseases in leading hospitals in Dakar, Senegal and Lyon, France.

In 1989, she was appointed Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Dakar and Chief of Service for Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital in Dakar.

Furthermore, as Minister of Health in Senegal, she has initiated a far-reaching reform of the health sector in Senegal and engaged partners in the implementation and expansion of public health programmes and mobilized political commitment within her country for health as a key to economic and social development.

From 1996 to 2001, Awa Marie Coll-Seck served as a Director of the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), leading the Department of Policy, Strategy and Research, and subsequently was named Director of the UNAIDS Department of Country and Regional Support for Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Prof. Coll-Seck author of over 150 publications on subjects including malaria, measles, tetanus, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular diseases.

After earning a degree in medicine in 1978 from the University of Dakar, she served for nearly twenty years as a specialist in infectious diseases in leading hospitals in Dakar, Senegal and Lyon, France. In 1989, she was appointed Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Dakar and Chief of Service for Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital in Dakar.

Coll-Seck is the author of over 150 scientific publications and communications on diverse subjects (including malaria, measles, meningitis, tetanus, typhoid, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular diseases), and is a member of over 20 professional societies and organizations.

She has been awarded the following professional and academic honours: the Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite de la République Francaise, Chevalier des Palmes Académiques Francaises, Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Sénégalais and Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite du Burkina Faso.

She was elected as chairperson of Commission B of the 2002 World Health Assembly and as President of the Assembly of the Ministries of Health of the West African Health Organization (WAHO, 2002–2003) and is currently a member of the Academy of Sciences and Technologies of Senegal.

 

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