Professor Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuente
Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté is Professor of Parasitology at the University of Yaoundé I, founding Director of the research Centre for Schistosomiasis & Parasitology, Coordinator of the National Programme for the Control of Schistosomiasis and Intestinal Helminthiasis, Coordinator of the COUNTDOWN Project on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Cameroon, and NTD Ambassador - LSTM. He has over 30 years of experience in various aspects of management, research and control of schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and other NTDs. Through his scientific discoveries, he contributed to a better knowledge of the reproductive biology of schistosomes and its implications on the epidemiology of schistosomiasis. He provided strategic direction and built high political commitments for the control of NTDs in Cameroon, with significant achievements.
He joined the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in 2012-2015 where he worked as focal person for preventive chemotherapy NTDs and provided technical assistance to African countries. He served as focal point for the China-Africa collaboration for the elimination of schistosomiasis in Africa.
Prof. Tchuem Tchuenté is member of several international Advisory Committees, and is on the editorial board of several international journals. He serves as the Regional Adviser for Africa of the UK Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and as NTD expert for the World Health Organization. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He received several awards and distinctions, and was raised to the dignity of Commander of the National Order of Valour of Cameroon in 2016.