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DEDICATED TO HER WORK: Meet Dr. Phionah Lynn Atuhebwe; New Vaccines Introduction Officer, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Dr. Phionah Lynn Atuhebwe is a Medical Doctor, Public Health Specialist and Vaccinologist recognized as one of Africa’s biggest contributors to the continent’s immunization programmes. She leads the World Health Organization’s work in the African Region on introduction of new vaccines including outbreak situations.

Her most recent achievement has been the hands-on support in Zimbabwe for the first ever use of a Typhoid vaccine in response to an outbreak in Africa.

Prior to this, Dr. Atuhebwe worked with PATH as the Regional Technical Advisor for Africa and Asia leading work on introduction of new vaccines including work on the Typhoid Vaccine Acceleration Consortium (TyVAC), HPV and Malaria vaccines.

Dr. Atuhebwe’s extensive knowledge and experience combined with her ability to share inter-country experiences make her a much sought after speaker for low and middle-income country experience spanning from decision making, funding applications, implementation and evaluation of new vaccine introductions. She also is a member of various global and regional vaccine platforms.

Dr. Atuhebwe holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda and a Masters’ Degree in International Public Health from The University of Leeds, UK.

She is currently in Hanoi, Vietnam attending 11th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses as a speaker and moderator.

“Millions aside, the real work now begins, Typhoid must go,” Phionah said as she headed to Vietnam.

She is truly dedicated to her work. We Salute to her!!!!

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