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The Liberia NCDI Poverty Commission report was launched on November 14, 2018, at a World Diabetes Day event at Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Headquarters in Monrovia. To learn more about the event and access the full report, click here to go to www.ncdipoverty.org/liberia-report.


Co-Chairs

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Fred Amegashie

Dr. Fred Weedor Amegashie (MD) is an ophthalmologist by training and is the manager of the National Eye Health Program in Liberia. He matriculated at the University of Liberia where he graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and minor in chemistry. He received his MA from the Dogliotti College of Medicine for a five-year study in general medicine in 1994. He completed an internship and one-year pediatrics residency at the J.F. Kennedy Medical Center. Dr. Amegashie moved on as a medical officer at the Swedrelief Field Hospital where he worked for two and a half years.

Dr. Amegashie later worked as a CHO in Buchanan for a number of years before training in ophthalmology with the West African College of Surgeons with practical postings in hospitals in Nigeria, Gambia and Ghana. Upon completion of his training, he resumed his duties as a CHO in Maryland, and was the regional ophthalmologist for five years. He was the CHO of Montserrado county during the Ebola outbreak from 2014-2015 where a large proportion of the patients resided.

In November 2015, he was appointed to the central Ministry of Health as the manager of the National Eye Health Division and is involved with the non-communicable disease program of the Ministry. He currently resides in Mango Town, Township of Virginia in Montserrado County with his wife and three children. 

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Jason Beste

Jason Beste (MD, MPH) is currently a Clinical Instructor within the Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington and the Co-Director, UW Global & Rural Health Fellowship. Dr. Beste formerly served as the Chief Medical Officer for Partners In Health in Liberia. There he led the strategic planning and implementation of clinical programs in partnership with the Ministry of Health with the goal of rebuilding health systems in the southeast region of Liberia that were devastated by civil war and the recent Ebola outbreak. He was also a guest lecturer in the College of Health Sciences at Tubman University in Liberia and a member of the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he taught and mentored Liberian medical students and residents. His research interests include the MDR-TB/HIV care cascade and linkage to care, as well as health systems strengthening projects in post-conflict countries.

Dr. Beste earned his BS and MD from Creighton University and his MPH from the University of Washington. 


Commissioners

Pharm. Luke Bawo - HMER; Ministry of Health, Liberia

Joshua C. Bull - National Commission on Disabilities

Dr. Catherine Cooper - Ministry of Health, Liberia

Dawn Cooper-Barnes - Liberia Cancer Society

Zoe Taylor-Doe - Partners In Health, Liberia

Dr. Eugene Dolopei - A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine

Dr. Emmanuel Ekyinabah - JFK Memorial Hospital

Masoka P. Fallah - National Public Health Institute, Liberia

Jessica Farley - Partners In Health, Liberia

Dr. Methodius George - J.J. Dossen Hospital

Elizabeth Hope - Ministry of Education

Dr. Billy Johnson - JFK Hospital

Abdissa Kabeta - Partners In Health, Liberia

William Karloweah - Health Promotion Division, Ministry of Health

Victoria Katawera - NCD Focal Point, World Health Organization (Liberia)

Johnson Quiah Kei - Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services

Roland Kessely - Health Financing Unit, Ministry of Health, Liberia

Munirat Ogunlayi - Health Specialist, World Bank

Cate Oswald - Partners in Health

Dr. Clement Peter - World Health Organization

Dr. Mohammed Sankoh - Redemption Hospital

Lydia Mai Sherman - Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection

Samuel Slewion - Cancer Registry

Daniel B. Smith - Diabetes Management Association

Maude Somah - Ministry of Justice

Adoley Sonii - Sightsavers

Patrick Ulysse - Partners In Health, Liberia

Albert Willicor - Liberia NCDI Poverty Commission