Dr Magaran Monzon Bagayoko has been appointed as the WHO Representative to Gabon. He is from Mali and he was formerly acting Director, Communicable Diseases Cluster, AFRO. Dr Magaran Monzon Bagayoko is from the first generation of the researchers trained by the Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), since it’s opening in 1991.
He began his career as an entomologist at the MRTC in 1991 in the laboratory of Prof. Yaya Toure, then Head of Unit of the Geographical Information System (GIS) and Telemanagement at the Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), FMPOS before joining the WHO in Gabon since 2003.
At WHO he held several positions as Environmental Health Advisor and then Team Leader of the Public Health and Environment Program (PHE) at the WHO Regional Office for Africa until his recent appointment as a WHO representative in Gabon. Dr. Bagayoko holds a Master’s degree in Biology (1988), a Ph.D in Parasitology-Entomology at ISFRA Bamako (2000) and has completed post-doc training in Environmental Epidemiology University of Greenwich, United Kingdom (2002).
He has completed several courses in Geographic Information System (GIS), Spatial Analysis and Risk Modeling of Communicable Diseases at NASA (USA) in 1998, at the Medical Research Council, University of Durban, South Africa (2198) and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Health, Liverpool, UK (1999). He also holds certificates in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University (USA).
This nomination honors our country and especially our universities and research centers.
Purpose of the Position
The WHO Country Representative serves as the Chief of the Mission and accredited Representative of the WHO Director General and the Regional Director. The Representative is responsible for establishing dialogue with the government to develop the framework of cooperation in the country. She/he is expected to work closely and collaboratively with the national authorities, institutions, stakeholders and partners, to provide upstream policy support and policy dialogue on the national health system and national health and development agenda.
Depending on the country contexts, she/he provides strategic support, technical assistance and direct operational support to the country of her/his assignment. She/he develops the WHO Country Cooperation Strategy in support of WHO’s and national and international development efforts to implement the national health policies, strategies and plans towards achievement of the Universal Health Coverage where everyone can lead healthy and productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live.
As Head of the Country Office, the Representative is responsible for directing and guiding often large and complex programs and operations supporting the country office programs, providing leadership and vision to the WHO country programme team in managing and leveraging resources for the achievement of results. The Representative directs and oversees the various program sectors and operational service teams ensuring delivery of quality results in accordance with the WHO Global Program of Work, policies, strategies, standards of performance and accountability framework,
As representative of the Director General and Regional Director, the WR manages WHO core functions at country level and provides leadership in the following key functional areas: Advocacy, Partnership and Representation, Policy Development and Technical Cooperation, and Administration and Management.