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Prof. Francis Kasolo

Prof. Francis Chisaka Kasolo is the Director and Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) liaison office at the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.

Prior to his appointment, Prof. Kasolo was the World Health Organization Representative for Ghana from November 2003 to February 2024.

He was the Chief of Staff to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, responsible for advising the Regional Director on policy and strategic issues pertaining to the work of WHO.

Prof. Kasolo also previously served as Director for Ebola Preparedness with the United Nations Mission on Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER) in Accra, Ghana in 2014 and Director for Disease Prevention and Control at the WHO Regional Office for Africa from 2011 to 2014.

He is an infectious disease physician/public health expert with specialization in clinical virology. He has worked with the WHO in various capacities for the past 19 years. 

He has had over 35 years of experience in public health and program management at both national and international levels having worked in areas such as global health, immunization, HIV/AIDs, emergencies and outbreaks and clinical virology.

He has committed much of his professional life to addressing the health challenges faced by mothers and children in Africa and has authored over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Prof Kasolo holds the following qualifications: MBChB-Medicine/Surgery from the University of Zambia, Master’s Degree- Public Health and, PhD- Clinical Virology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Royal College of Physician-England. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians- Edinburgh and Fellow College of Physicians for East, Central and Southern Africa.