Dr Uzochukwu Egere is a medical graduate from the University of Jos, Nigeria and trained as a Paediatrician at the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria. He holds a masters’ degree in Public Health from the University of Otago, New Zealand and a PhD from Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, Germany. Uzoh’s PhD was on the opportunities and challenges of contact tracing and Isoniazid preventive therapy as a control strategy for childhood TB in The Gambia.
After qualifying as a paediatrician, Uzoh worked briefly as a consultant paediatrician at St Nicholas Hospital, a leading private hospital in Lagos before joining the Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia in 2006 as a research Clinician. He worked on a series of pneumococcal carriage studies, including leading a 3-year community randomised controlled trial of the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in rural Gambian villages which assessed impact of vaccination on pneumococcal carriage in children and adults.
In 2011, Uzoh joined the newly established Childhood TB Program at the MRC Gambia as the lead Clinician and Coordinator. In this role, he conducted household contact tracing, ran a dedicated childhood TB clinic, led a home-delivered isoniazid preventive therapy project and advised the National TB Program of The Gambia on Childhood TB. Uzoh was principal investigator on The Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR)- funded capacity building project which assessed the impact of a childhood TB training project on frontline health workers knowledge and the notification of childhood TB in The Gambia.
In 2016, He began to lead the first ever implementation of contact tracing and isoniazid preventive therapy within the routine health system of The Gambia. He played a key role in developing childhood TB control policies for both governments of The Gambia and Liberia. Until joining the LSTM in June 2018, Uzoh was coordinator and public health epidemiologist of the “Reach4Kids Africa”, a childhood TB collaborative research partnership of four sub Saharan African countries – The Gambia, Mali, Nigeria and Tanzania.
Health systems strengthening: This research seeks to develop, implement and evaluate equitable approaches to management of chronic lung diseases within the routine health systems in Low and Middle-income countries. In collaboration with in-country partners, evidence will be generated on the requirements and processes for developing context-appropriate integrated lung health services from the community health systems perspective.
Childhood TB: These series of research involve improving the diagnosis and management of childhood Tuberculosis in resource-poor settings, with a focus on improving approaches to contact tracing and isoniazid preventive therapy in child contacts of adults with infectious tuberculosis, contributing epidemiologic and clinical data to the development of childhood TB diagnostics and assessing impact of training of frontline health workers on notification of childhood TB.
Dr Egere will be teaching on the Masters in Tropical Paediatrics, and Masters in Tropical and Infectious diseases: specifically modules on Childhood Tuberculosis starting September 2018.
Dr Egere is:
Fellow, West African College of Physicians (Paediatrics)
Registered Practitioner, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Medical and Dental Council of The Gambia
Member, European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases
Member, International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases