Dr Ifedayo Adetifa

MPRU Africa Co-Director

Director General of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Clinical Epidemiologist, Epidemiology & Demography Department, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya.
Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
IAdetifa [at] kemri-wellcome [dot] org (Contact)

Ifedayo Adetifa is a paediatrician and infectious diseases epidemiologist based at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kilifi, Kenya where he works as a Clinical Epidemiologist in the Epidemiology & Demography Department. He is also an Associate Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and affiliated to the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. In 2021 Ifedayo was appointed to the role of Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

His research aims to generate evidence for vaccine policy in in low- and middle-income countries especially those in Africa. Specifically, he works on pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccine impact studies (in Nigeria and Kenya), and on vaccine seroepidemiology (in Kenya) including its application to estimating vaccination coverage, population immunity and force of infection in African settings. He has also developed in interest in exploring ways to optimise childhood vaccination schedules. He received the MRC/DFID African Research Leader Fellowship in 2018 to fund his vaccine seroepidemiology research. He is a member of the malaria vaccine implementation programme advisory group, the RSV vaccine technical advisory group, the Kenya national immunisation coordinating committee, and the WHO Africa regional immunisation technical advisory group.