Executive Director of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria
Bethrand Odume is the Executive Director of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria and a medical doctor with over 20 years of experience providing support and technical guidance on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of TB and HIV/AIDS control programs, epidemiological research, and public health innovations.
Bethrand has published extensively and developed the TB/HIV guidelines and the Workers Manual for the Nigerian National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program. Bethrand is an expert in public health research and epidemiology (primary focus on TB, HIV, TB/HIV, and COVID-19), TB control, training health workers and mentoring leadership in TB, TB/HIV and HIV program interventions. Bethrand was previously a TB Program Officer with the Nigerian National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program and a Senior Program Specialist, TB/HIV, with the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention based in Nigeria. Whilst working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bethrand led key science research in the areas of TB, TB/HIV, and TB infection control. Bethrand is currently the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded TB LON Regions 1 and 2 project across 14 states in Nigeria.
As the Executive Director of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation Nigeria, in addition to his work on the USAID-funded TB LON project, Bethrand is the project lead for six other KNCV Nigeria projects: Digital Adherence Technology, TB Connectivity, Covid-19 Vaccination, TIFA, Jensen Paediatric TB and ACE 6 HIV. Bethrand provides high-quality technical and strategic leadership, managerial oversight, and administration of KNCV Nigeria’s projects. Bethrand also serves as the primary liaison for communication with USAID, United States Government representatives, partners, non-governmental organizations, and officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and other KNCV network partners, donors, and stakeholder representatives.