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Pierre Formenty

Global public health, WHO


Dr. Pierre Formenty is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine with a Master in Public Health. He has been working in global public health with the World Health Organization (WHO) since January 1996.

During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Dr Formenty has been assign to the HQ Ebola Response department, where he was leading the Technical Strategy, Support & Standards Team (technical supervision of 7 teams, 70 staffs).

Within the new WHO Health Emergency programme he is leading the Viral and Haemorrhagic Fever team (VHF). The VHF team is responsible for global prevention, preparedness and response to Viral Haemorrhagic Fever outbreaks of international public health concern. Dr Formenty and his team are covering VHF and several viral emerging zoonotic infections: Ebola, Marburg, Rift valley fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever and Arenaviruses, Monkeypox, Hantavirus, West Nile Virus Nipah and Hendra. In addition, their research interest include ecological studies on emerging zoonosis at the human-animal interface, viral haemorrhagic fevers, vector borne forecasting models and climate change.

Dr Formenty is the Manager of the WHO Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN), a Network of high security diagnostic laboratories for early detection and rapid containment of outbreaks due to emerging and dangerous pathogens (see link below). EDPLN is functioning in coordination with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). EDPLN is a network of high security diagnostic laboratories able and willing to collaborate and share their knowledge, biological materials and experimental research results in a real time framework to detect, diagnose and control novel disease threats.

Dr Pierre Formenty is a field epidemiologist specialized in public health and in medical virology with special focus on viral haemorrhagic fevers. He has more than twenty seven years' experience in international public health, tropical medicine and animal health.

Since 1996, Dr. Pierre Formenty has participated with WHO in field control activities of more than 40 major outbreaks of international importance. During these missions he supported outbreak response activities for the following diseases: Chikungunya, Cholera, Dengue, Ebola, Marburg, Monkeypox, Nipah, Plague, Rift Valley Fever, SARS-CoV and Yellow Fever.

He has more than 110 scientific papers published in peer review journals including more than 100 referenced in PubMed. He is author and co-author of numerous reports and studies in virology, public health and animal health.