Dr. Jeremiah Ngondi has more than 20 years of experience in neglected tropical disease (NTD) control, elimination, and eradication. He is an expert in trachoma, providing technical assistance as part of the US Agency for International Development’s ENVISION project to 15 trachoma-endemic countries working toward elimination of trachoma as a public health problem by 2020. He played an active role in the global effort to close the trachoma mapping gap by 2015, serving as a member of the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (2012-2015) Advisory Committee and leading trachoma mapping surveys in some of the most trachoma-endemic places in the world: the Amhara Region of Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, as a regional technical advisor for neglected tropical diseases, Dr. Ngondi provides epidemiological support for trachoma impact and surveillance surveys implemented through the WHO Tropical Data System, as well as work with other NTDs.
Dr. Ngondi started his public health career in Southern Sudan, where he headed data management for the Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program (SGWEP). He spearheaded large population-based surveys to establish baseline prevalence for trachoma there and helped to guide implementation of the SAFE strategy for trachoma control in Southern Sudan during the civil war from 2001–2003.
Dr. Ngondi joined RTI International in 2013 as the senior epidemiologist for the Tanzania Vector Control Scale-Up project (TVCSP) funded by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). He was instrumental in streamlining analysis and use of malaria surveillance data in Zanzibar for programmatic action, especially epidemic preparedness and response and focal indoor residual spraying (IRS). He also led the strengthening of malaria surveillance in mainland Tanzania, including implementation of electronic reporting of weekly malaria data through mobile phones and developing malaria surveillance guidelines.
Dr. Ngondi holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and has more than 60 peer-reviewed publications in leading scientific journals.