Endie Waziri

African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Nigeria

Steering Committee representative: Dr. Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri, National Coordinator

Dr. Ndadilnasiya Endie Waziri is the National Coordinator of the National Stop Transmission of Polio Program (NSTOP) at the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET) office in Nigeria where she provides both technical and administrative oversight of the program. NSTOP plays a major role in partnership with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in polio eradication initiatives and improving routine immunization services especially in settlements previously neglected with healthcare services, and improving immunization data quality and use through the development of a routine immunization specific module on the DHIS2 platform. NSTOP mission is to provide Nigeria with high quality and culturally competent technical field support staff in high-risk areas to implement the polio eradication emergency plan (NPEEP) and PEI accountability framework, and build local capacity to improve maternal and child health indices.

During the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Nigeria, Dr Waziri led the contact tracing unit of the outbreak response which was the backbone of Nigeria’s success to controlling the outbreak within a short period. Her strong leadership and effective operations of the contact tracing during the Ebola virus disease outbreak response led to the reduction of tertiary cases to the barest minimum and the NFELTP winning the award for the best FETP in outbreak response during the EIS conference 2015.