The Liberia NCDI Poverty Commission met for the first time in February 2017. The Commission is led by Dr. Fred Amegashie of the Ministry of Health and Jason Beste of Partners In Health. Commissioners represent the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, Education, Justice, and Gender, Children, & Social Protection, as well as NGOs, hospitals, and academic and research institutions.
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.
Jason Beste (MD, MPH) is an Associate Scientist in the Division of Global Health Equity, a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Disease, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Beste currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Partners In Health in Liberia. There he leads 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 is 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 teaches and mentors 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.
After completing the Primary Care and Social Medicine residency at the Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Beste joined Partners In Health, Malawi as the Clinical Director and the Division of Global Health Equity as a Poorvu Fellow. Following this experience, Dr. Beste completed his Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of Washington, where he simultaneously co-founded and launched the University of Washington Global and Rural Health Fellowship.
Dr. Beste earned his BS and MD from Creighton University and his MPH from the University of Washington.
Dr. Sampson K. Arzoaquoi - Ministry of Health, Liberia
Pharm. Luke Bawo - HMER; Ministry of Health, Liberia
Daniel Browne - Diabetes Management Association
Hon. Frederick Cherue - Ministry of Justice, Liberia
Dr. Catherine Cooper - Ministry of Health, Liberia
Dr. Eugene Dolopei - A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine
Hon. Julia Duncan-Cassell - Ministry of Gender, Children, and Families
Dr. Emmanuel Ekyinabah - JFK Memorial Hospital
Dr. Mathodius George - J.J. Dossen Hospital
Dr. Billy Johnson - JFK Hospital
Dr. Edward Liberty - Liberia Institute for Statistics and Geo-Information Services
Munirat Ogunlayi - Health Specialist, World Bank
Dr. Clement Peter - World Health Organization
Dr. Mohammed Sankoh - Redemption Hospital
Samuel Slewion - Cancer Registry
Rev. John Sumo - Health Promotion, Ministry of Health, Liberia
Hon. George Warner - Ministry of Education, Liberia