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Dr. Muhammad Shakir Balogun
MBBS, MPHp>Married, three kids.
Speaks English, Hausa, and Yoruba.
Hobbies: reading, writing traveling.
A 2002 graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Medical School. He is a Cohort 3 graduate of the Nigeria FELTP. Completed his specialty training in Medical Microbiology at ABU Teaching Hospital, Zaria in 2015. At ABUTH, he was the Chief Resident in 2014-2015. As a Medical Microbiology resident, he instructed medical students of the Ahmadu Bello University in Medical Microbiology and Immunology.
He was in the first cohort of the GIBACHT Fellowship (2014-2015) Infectious Disease Epidemiology. The Fellowship was a partnership between AFENET, Bernard-Nocht Institute in Hamburg, Robert Koch institute in Berlin and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.
In 2015, he became the first Resident Advisor of the Nigeria Frontline FETP program which trained more than 1000 disease surveillance officers from 15 states from all the 6 geopolitical zones between 2016 and 2018.
He has been teaching and mentoring residents of the Nigeria FELTP since 2013. In October 2017, he became the Resident Advisor of the Nigeria FELTP. In NFELTP, he teaches topics in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Teaching and Mentoring, Laboratory Methods, and Laboratory Management. Successful application for TEPHINET accreditation in 2018 was one of his major achievements since he became the Resident Advisor.
He has published over 60 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has shared his scientific findings in local and international conferences. He has been a reviewer for scientific journals like BMC Infectious Disease, BMC Public Health, PLoS One, Annals of Nigerian Medicine, Annals of Tropical Medicine, Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, Pan African Medical Journal, and the Journal of Interventional Epidemiology and Public Health.
He has led, participated in, and supervised disease outbreak responses and other public health emergencies including COVID-19, botulinum food poisoning, cholera, monkey pox, meningitis, measles, yellow fever, Lassa fever. He also provides epidemiological services to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control especially in Health Security. For the past three years, he has been mentoring NCDC staff on the operations of the NFELTP as part of the transitioning process.
At AFENET, he leads teams working on Field Epidemiology Training, National Public Health Institute Strengthening, Regional Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance, Wildlife Surveillance (monkey pox project), Acute Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance and Routine Immunization, and President’s Malaria Initiative.