Director for the Africa Region, WADEM
Prof. Stella Anyangwe, Cameroonian by birth, is a Physician (MD, 1977, Cameroon) and Epidemiologist (MPH, 1986, and PhD, 1990, Tulane University, USA). She is perfectly bilingual in English and French, and speaks at least four African languages. She is presently Honorary Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Pretoria School of Health Systems and Public Health, and leads the School’s programme in Disaster Risk Management.
Prof. Anyangwe practiced as a Nephrologist and taught Public Health and Community Medicine in Medical School in Cameroon till December 1993, when she went international. She joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1996 and was WHO Country Representative in four countries between 1998 and 2011, serving in the Seychelles, Mali, Zambia and South Africa. Her last assignment was in the WHO Africa Regional Office (AFRO) in Brazzaville, Congo, as Programme Area Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness and Response. She retired from WHO in April 2013, and returned to South Africa where she and her husband are residents. She was appointed Honorary Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Pretoria in September 2014.
Prof Anyangwe’s areas of interest and expertise are Disaster Risk Management, Global Health, Social Determinants of Health and Education for Human Resources for Health.