Dr Benido Impouma took up the office of Director, Communicable and Noncommunicable Cluster in 2021. He is responsible for coordinating and leading the programmes on HIV/TB, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections, noncommunicable diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases and tropical and vector-borne diseases.

Dr Impouma is a public health specialist with extensive regional and international experience. He has more than 15 years of experience in the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and coordination of international public health programmes in such areas as neglected tropical diseases, health emergency preparedness and response, HIV, TB and malaria. Dr Impouma has extensive experience in building relationships and strengthening partnerships and collaboration with governments, donor agencies, pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders in the international health community to strengthen health systems across the region.

He has written many policy papers, strategies, standard operating procedures and other guidance documents on international health regulations, epidemic- and pandemic-prone diseases, emergency operations centres, and prevention and case management of neglected tropical diseases. Most recently, he led the Health Emergencies Information and Risk Assessment Programme. He has also published widely in academic journals.

Dr Impouma holds a medical degree from the Faculty of Health Sciences, Marien Ngouabi University in the Republic of the Congo, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on project management from American InterContinental University in the United States.