Dr. Francis Kwesi Nkrumah served as the Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research from 1990 and 1998. Prior to his tenure at Noguchi Memorial, he was Professor and Academic Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe from 1983 to 1990. He taught medicine in the Department of Child Health, University of Ghana Medical School, in Accra, Ghana beginning in 1969, and became Chairman of the department in 1980.
His service as an advisor and expert to scientific and international groups is extensive. Dr. Nkrumah serves as Chairman of the Taskforce on Immunization in Africa, WHO/AFRO; as a member of the Global Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication, WHO/Geneva; as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, African Malaria Network Trust (AMANET), Dar el Salaam; as a member of the Governing Board, Medicines for Malaria Venture, (MMV), Geneva; and as a member of the Strategic Advisory Council, Children’s Vaccine Program at PATH, among other positions.
Dr. Nkrumah earned his doctor of medicine at the University of Wurzburg/Free University of Berlin, Germany. He trained in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and went on to receive his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Nkrumah has published more than 140 papers in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Nkrumah’s health sector interests are health research and health development, malaria and control of tropical endemic diseases, primary health care and child survival, Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), and vaccine preventable diseases.