The COUNTDOWN governance structure consists of three main internal bodies - Programme Management Team, COUNTDOWN Management Committee and Country Management Committee. To enable COUNTDOWN to operate with maximum clarity, efficiency, consistency, equity and transparency, each group has clearly defined processes for sharing information and making decisions.
PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Programme Management Team is based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and responsible for the day-to-day running and overall direction of the consortium.
The Programme Management Team is guided by the COUNTDOWN Management Committee on decisions requiring more strategic direction.
It consists of the following organisational representatives:
Russell Stothard Rachael Thomson Sunday Isiyaku Sally Theobald
Samuel Wanji Theresa Hoke Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuente Paul Garner
Karsor Kollie Stephen Kennedy Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum Mark Taylor
Luret Lar Mike Osei Atweneboana Ifeoma Anagbogu Louis Niessen
Margaret Gyapong Philip Okoko Oyale
COUNTRY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
There is a Country Management Committee for each country that COUNTDOWN collaborates with, each having a designated Country Manager:
Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum, Country Manager Ghana
Karsor Kollie, Country Manager Liberia
EXTERNAL ADVISORY PANEL
We also have an external advisory panel which is an independent advisory group, who ensure that the activities of the consortium are strategic and fair and carried out in accordance with DFID conditions.
Gautam Biswas is the Coordinator of the Preventive Chemotherapy and Transmission Control unit, WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Jeurg Utzinger is Professor of Epidemiology and heads the Ecosystem Health Science unit at Swiss TPH. He has over two decades of experience in all aspects of neglected tropical diseases and malaria.
Jutta Reinhard-Rupp is Head of the R&D Translational Innovation Platform for “Global Health” at Merck Serono. Her focus is the discovery and development of new drugs and health solutions for children suffering from poverty-related diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis.
Nhan Tran is responsible for overseeing the work of the Implementation Research Platform of the Alliance for Health Policy Systems Research in three areas - stewardship, capacity strengthening and programmatic research. In addition, Nhan leads the portfolio on embedded research across three WHO regional offices.