Benin Country Team PI : Dr. Jean-Paul Dossou is a medical doctor, and public health scientist from Benin, experienced in applying qualititative and mixed methods in international health research, system thinking principles, and complexity sensitive research and evaluation approaches. He is currently active in developing and implementing national and international interventions and research programs on maternal and neonatal health, and on other sexual and reproductive health issues. His work also focuses on supporting countries in their processes toward universal health coverage in sub-Saharan Africa and in developing disease control strategies sensitive to complexity. Dr. Jean-Paul Dossou leads the Centre de Recherche en Reproduction Humaine et en Démographie (CERRHUD) in Benin.  He is the current Chair of the West-African Network of Emerging Leaders in Health Policy and Systems (WANEL) and is also a member of the board of trustees of the African Health Economics and Policy Association.

DRC Country Team PI : Dr. Faustin Chenge is a Medical Doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a Specialist in Gynecology & Obstetrics, and has a Masters and PhD in Public Health. During his career of more than twenty years, he has benefited from many other capacity building trainings (Primary Health Care, health policies, universal health coverage and health financing, strategic health management, evidence-based decision making). In his professional career, he is combining teaching, research and community service, and has worked at all levels of the national health system (district, province and central levels). Dr. Faustin Chenge is a Professor of Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of Lubumbashi, and Director of the Centre de Connaissances en Santé au Congo. He is author or co-author of several scientific publications and analytical works in the fields of health policy and health service organization.

Ghana Country Team PI : Dr. Lauren J. Wallace is a medical anthropologist whose research critically examines the making and implementation of policies at national and sub-national levels in West Africa. Her PhD, funded by a Vanier Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, was an ethnographic study of family size and family planning in northern Ghana. She has since ‘studied up’ to examine the dynamics of national priority setting for maternal and reproductive health in Ghana and Uganda ethnographically. Within WAHPSCon, Dr. Wallace is currently a Co-investigator and the Ghana Principal Investigator of the Covid-19 in West and Central Africa (CATALYSE) study. She is also a Co-investigator on Adolescent Mental, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Wellbeing Policy, Program and Primary Implementation Priorities in West Africa Plus (ADOWA +), and a researcher on Ghana CHORUS [link CHORUS to]. Dr. Wallace is presently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University, where she has also held an appointment as an instructor in the Midwifery Education Program.

Guinea Country Team PI : Dr. Alexandre Delamou (MD, MPH, PhD) is an Associate Professor of Public Health. He is the Head of the Public Health Chair and Director of the Africa Centre of Excellence for the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases (CEA-PCMT) of the University Gamal Abdel Nasser of Conakry in Guinea. He carries more than 15 years of experience in managing and coordinating research projects and programs in Guinea and Africa. Dr Delamou is a member of the National Ethics Committee in Guinea and alumnus of the FAIMER Institute of Philadelphia, USA.

Dr Delamou is the CATALYSE Team Lead in Guinea.

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Nigeria Country Team PI : Professor Obinna Onwujekwe is medically qualified and also has MSc and PhD in Health Economics. He is a Professor of Pharmacoeconomics/ Pharmacoepidemiology in Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Professor of Health Economics, Systems & Policy in the Department of Health Administration and Management, both at the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. He is an adjunct Professor of Health Policy and Systems with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba, Lagos. He is the Director of Research in the University of Nigeria, the Coordinator of the Health Policy Research Group and the President of the Nigerian Health Economics Association. He was the technical facilitator of the 2014 Presidential Summit on Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria. He is a member of board of the African Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) and the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON). He is also the Director of the Nigerian National Centre on Health Policy and Systems, University of Nigeria, which is part of the African Health Observatory Platform (AHOP) on Health Systems. He is a member of The African Advisory Committee on Health Research and Development (AACHRD) of the WHO African Regional Office (WHO AFRO), the Nigerian National Health Research Committee, the Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19 (MEACOC) and the COVID-19 Socio-economy working group of African Scientific Research and Innovation Council of the African Union. He is the editor of the African Journal of Health Economics. He has published more than 300 journal articles. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria.

Senegal Country Team PI : Dr Samba Cor Sarr  PhD, Certificat universitaire de recherche sur les systèmes de santé, diplôme universitaire de Recherche de mise en œuvre, certificat universitaire sur la régulation des essais cliniques  Chef de la division Recherche à la DPRS et secrétaire permanent du comité national d’éthique de la recherche en santé de 2004 à maintenant. Enseignant associé à l’UCAD, à L’Université Christopher,  à l’Université d’Alexandrie, à l’université Amadou Hampathé Bâ  et à l’ENDSS. Chercheur principal du projet de recherche « Catalyze » au niveau du Senegal. Membre du Reseau Ouest Africain des comités d’éthique. Proposé par l’Etat du Sénégal pour être membre du COMEST à partir de 2022.