Dr. Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri is the National Coordinator of the National Stop Transmission of Polio Program (NSTOP) at the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) office in Nigeria where she provides both technical and administrative oversight of the program with over 300 staff. NSTOP plays a major role in partnership with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in polio eradication initiatives and improving routine immunization services, especially in settlements previously neglected with healthcare services, improving immunization data quality and use through the development of a routine immunization specific module on the DHIS2 platform, and strengthening surveillance and outbreak response for vaccine-preventable diseases. NSTOP mission is to provide Nigeria with high-quality and culturally competent technical field support staff in high-risk areas to implement the polio eradication emergency plan (NPEEP) and PEI accountability framework and build local capacity to improve maternal and child health indices.
Dr. Waziri holds both a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Field Epidemiology and a Master of Science (MSC) in Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine. She is a graduate of the first cohort of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), a program geared towards building in-country healthcare capacity and strengthening health systems. She also teaches, mentors, and supervises current residents of NFELTP.
During the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Nigeria, Dr. Waziri led the contact tracing unit of the outbreak response which was the backbone of Nigeria’s success in controlling the outbreak within a short period. Her strong leadership and effective operations of contact tracing during the Ebola virus disease outbreak response led to the reduction of tertiary cases to the barest minimum and the NFELTP winning the award for the best FETP in outbreak response by US CDC in Atlanta in April 2015.
Dr. Waziri is a member of the Gavi CSO Constituency Steering Committee for Immunization and Stronger Health Systems.