Paschal Kum Awah
Paschal Kum Awah holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom (2006) and a Postdoctorate Fellowship in Global and Biomedical Ethics from the Western Institutional Review Board Olympia, WA and the University of Washington in Seattle, WA (2008), USA. He is an Associate Professor of Anthropology, specialized in Medical Anthropology and Biomedical Ethics at the University of Yaounde I. He is current Chair (Head of Department) of Anthropology at the University of Yaounde I. Prior to this recruitment at the University of Yaounde I, he was Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor for the African Region in Ipas, Chapel Hill in North Carolina, USA for four years. He had also held an associate position with the Newcastle University School of Clinical Medical Sciences and School of Population and Health Sciences at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle upon Tyne. He holds a consultancy positions with Ipas in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, AmplifyChange at the United Kingdom and IDinsight USA, the World Health Organization and FAIRMED Switzerland. He has done extensive research and published in Reproductive Health, Diabetes and Cardiovascular diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Biomedical Ethics. He has developed and field tested a Community of Practice of Stakeholders Model for the care of Buruli Ulcers, Neglected Tropical Diseases at Bankim-Cameroon and thinks this model can be used to rapidly respond to emerging epidemics, pandemics and challenging health problems in Africa. Some of his recent peer reviewed articles have been published in Practicing Anthropology: Journal of Applied Anthropology; Journal of Refugees, Plos-Neglected Tropical Diseases; Lancet; Journal of Anthropology and Ethnology; BMC-Health Services Research; International journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics; Africa: The Journal of the International African Institute; and Endocrine Disorders, Journal of Archeological History and Anthropology, Oxford Journals Health Services and Research, Conflict and Health, etc... He is a member of the University of Yaounde Senate, a member of the University of Yaounde I COVID-19 Scientific Committee. Internationally he is a Board Member of the WIRB-WCG Copernicus, USA and Board Member of the Pan-African Bioethics Initiative. He is a member of the African Union Scientific Research and Innovation Taskforce for Transrelational Research and the African Union Socio-economic Working Group for COVID-19. He is an education and is founder and CEO of Christ The Messiah School Complex (CTMSC) at Nkolbisson-Yaounde and the Centre for Population Studies and Health Promotion in Yaounde, Cameroon.