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Work: Centre Suisse de Recherchse Scientifiques, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Bassirou Bonfoh holds a DVM and a PhD in biology. He worked 5 years in West Africa as livestock development program coordinator for Vétérinaires Sans Frontières. He went for a 4 years epidemiology postdoctoral fellowship at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) on health risks and determinants of dairy sector development.
He led later for 4 years a research group on “Avenues of extensive pastoral production system” in the Horn Africa, West Africa and Central Asia in the framework of the Swiss National Competence in Research North-South (NCCR North-South) where he contributed to validate the One Health concept on risk analysis and zoonosis control at human, animal and environement interface (e.g. brucellosis in Kyrgyzstan). He is currently the West Africa regional coordinator of the NCCR North-South and the Director of the One Health Initiative consortium Afrique One “Ecosystem & Population health: expanding the frontiers in health” funded by the Wellcome Trust (ww.afriqueone.net). B. Bonfoh is bi-lingual (French-English) and guest lecturer at University of Lomé (Togo), University of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and at the Pan African veterinary school in Senegal and member of scientific advisory board of several agriculture and health research institutes and initiatives in Africa.