Bethrand Odume

Executive Director of KNCV Nigeria

Bethrand Brian Odume, MBBS, MPH, MWACP joined KNCV in November 2019 as the Country Representative in Nigeria before becoming the pioneer Executive Director of KNCV Nigeria in January, 2020. He is also the Chief of Party USAID TB LON Regions 1 & 2 project, a five-year USAID funded project that is supporting comprehensive TB care and treatment in 14 states in Nigeria.

Odume is a Public Health Practitioner with long-standing extensive experience in both government and private health sector managing and implementing varied public health programs in Nigeria with a focus on TB, TB/HIV, HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), and None Communicable Diseases (NCD). He started his career as a TB program Officer with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP), Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria before joining the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At US CDC, Bethrand led key implementation science research in the areas of TB, TB/HIV, and TB infection control that informed key improvement in program delivery and services. He is a founding member of the Nigeria STOP TB Partnership and currently seats on the board of the partnership.

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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