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CDC’s Caribbean Regional Office (CRO) announces new staff members

The CDC’s Caribbean Regional Office (CRO) welcomes two additions to the staff.   Dr. Kwame Asamoa joins CDC CRO as the Strategic Information Team Lead (a position formerly held by Ms. Karen Hymbaugh) and Ms. Martine Chase is the new Public Health Specialist (with a focus on M&E and surveillance).    Dr. Asamoa has over 20 years of experience working as a clinician and public health physician and has worked at CDC since 2001.  He started his public health career with the Ministry of Health of Ghana working at the district level and later the regional level where, along with his clinical work, he served as the regional focal person for the National Tuberculosis Control Program and control of diarrheal diseases. Dr. Asamoa then worked in the Disease Control Unit at the Ghana MoH headquarters in the areas of tuberculosis, Buruli ulcer diseases, and other diseases.  In 2001 Dr. Asamoa joined CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program serving as an EIS officer in the Division of Reproductive Health. In 2003, he joined the Malaria branch focusing on Control of Malaria during Pregnancy (MIP) and worked with a number of health implementing partners, Ministries of Health and WHO to adopt and implement MIP policy. In 2005 when the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was launched, he served as CDC team lead for Uganda, Senegal, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. From January 2012, he served as CDC/PMI Resident Adviser based in Zimbabwe working closely with the National Malaria Control program and other health stakeholders to improve the implementation of malaria control interventions.  He holds an MD from the Superior Institute of Medical Sciences in Cuba, a Diploma from the TB Research Institute in Tokyo, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.   Ms. Chase is a public health professional with experience in HIV program development, participatory research and program implementation. She was previously employed with the Associates for International Development supporting the project Accelerating the Private Sector Response to HIV in the Caribbean. Her consultancy experience includes conducting HIV Peer Educator training and HIV/AIDS strategic planning in the Caribbean.  More recently, she served as the Senior Project Officer with the PANCAP Regional Stigma and Discrimination Unit where she supported anti-stigma program action in territories of the Caribbean.  This work focused on the human rights and promotion of non-discrimination towards people living with HIV and other marginalized groups.  Martine holds a first class honors degree from the University the West Indies and completed the MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2007.   The PANCAP Coordinating Unit on behalf of the partnership extends a warm welcome to Kwame and Martine.