"It is with great sadness that we hear of the
tragic and untimely death of Dr Kassi Manlan, the World Health
Organization's Representative in Burundi.
Dr Manlan has worked hard, most recently in
Burundi, to promote better health and well-being of the people of
His death will leave a void in the lives of many,
though we will forever remember his personal and professional
achievements and his contribution to Africa's development."
Dr Manlan was born on 1 December 1947, and was a
national of Côte d'Ivoire. He was a Doctor of Medicine with a
specialization in Hepato-Gastro-Enterology. He wrote about fifty
publications in his area of specialization and on public health. Dr
Manlan served as Senior Physician in several hospitals in Côte
d'Ivoire, and taught at the Faculty of Medicine in Abidjan from 1972
to 1995. He supervised about 40 doctoral theses in medicine, and
helped train many doctors in his field and public health. After being
a consultant for the World Health Organization and other agencies, he
joined the Organization in 1995. Starting in 1998, he was in charge of
the Development of Human Resources for Health unit in the World Health
Organization Regional Office for Africa. He assumed the post of World
Health Organization Representative in Burundi in 2001. Dr Manlan was
married with four children.
Dr Manlan was reported missing from his house in
Bujumbura on the morning of 20 November. The circumstances of the
death are currently under investigation.