Karsor Kollie - COUNTDOWN Country Programme Manager
Karsor is the Programme Director for NTDs and Non-Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Liberia. Karsor has extensive experience in strategic planning of preventive chemotherapy programmes, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating systems across a range of diseases and sustaining partnerships between multi-sector organisations.
Since 2011, Mr Kollie has established and headed the Liberian Integrated NTDs Prevention and Control Programme and is based within the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. He developed the NTD country master plan which forms the operational national guide for the next 5 years.
Under his leadership the Liberian programme is making excellent progress in MDA control of Lymphatic Filariasis, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil-transmitted Helminthiasis (STH) where treatment coverage has not gone below 75%, respectively. Alongside this, he is making significant progress in the development and application of new monitoring and evaluation criteria tailoring activities effectively with difficult on-the-ground terrain.
For example, in order to evaluate the impact on health, disease intensity and disease transmission, using parasitological indicators for STH and schistosomiasis, 38 sentinel sites have been used to monitor the large-scale distribution of Praziquantel (PZQ).
He has Master’s degrees from the James P. Grants School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh and Cuttington University Graduate School Liberia.
Dr. Stephen B. Kennedy - Principal Investigator & Director of UL-PIRE
Dr Kennedy joined the Louisville Center (LC) of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) in November 2001 as a Research Scientist. Dr. Kennedy is trained in medicine, public health, infectious disease research (HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB), and international health.
He is an Aspen Institute fellow and has collaborated on several behavioral-driven HIV/AIDS prevention-related projects on adolescents, young adults, incarcerated males, men who have sex with men (MSM), and minority populations, both domestically and internationally.
He is the co-principal investigator (Co-PI) of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Vaccine Trial as well as a coordinator for EVD research programmes.
He has designed behavioral-driven risk reduction studies; developing, implementing and evaluating risk reduction intervention programmes; performing both qualitative and quantitative assessments; implementing and evaluating community-focused intervention programmes.
Dr. Kennedy is passionate about rigorous, quality and effective research. This is the reason why he created UL-PIRE, an institution that will produce research that Liberia can be proud of internationally.
Dr Samson Arzoaquoi - COUNTDOWN NTD Advisor
Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services
Anthony Kerkula Bettee - COUNTDOWN Research Uptake & Communications
Mr Bettee is Head of Onchocerciasis within the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and has extensive experience in NTD programmes and outreach in challenging contexts. He is part of the DFID-funded NTD control programme, Integrated Control of Schistosomiasis in Africa (ICHOSA).
Olive B Taylor - Administration & Research Uptake Support
Olive currently handles all aspects to do with programme coordination at UL-PIRE. She has worked previously in taxation and in various roles in the telecommunications sector ranging from customer service to marketing.
Jestina W. Cole - Cashier
Georgina Zawolo - Social Scientist (Mass Scale-Up Theme 2)
Mrs Zawolo has extensive professional work experience in social science research having worked with numerous intersectoral development programmes with national and international organizations within Liberia. Her focus and specialties include research, surveys, assessments, training - capacity building, mentoring, coaching, project management, monitoring & evaluation of data collection. She is passionate about leading knowledge management and adaption practices.
Fred Sosu - Health Economist (Mass Scale-Up Theme 3)
Emmanuel K. Togba
Emmanuel works at UL-PIRE in the field team and in the same capacity as an extension, in the COUNTDOWN operational research ongoing in Liberia. He gained experience working in research at the Liberia Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs in their Micro-economic policies analysis capacity department. He obtained his certificate in research at UL-PIRE when he worked on a research project seeking optimal solutions funded by USAID.
He also worked as a data controller in the Ministry of Commerce.
He has a BSc in Economics/Accounting.
Otis D. Kpadeh
Otis is part of the COUNTDOWN field team at UL-PIRE. His background is public administration and accounting in which he has a BA degree. He obtained his research certificate through a USAID-funded programme on optimal solutions at UL-PIRE.
He worked previously with the Liberia National Elections Commission and has a diploma in management.