On 22 June 2021, Dr Wendmisida Victor Yacinthe Guigma – Yacinthe for his friends – officially joined the OIE Regional Representation for Africa based in Bamako (Mali) as Technical Coordinator of the EBO-SURSY Project. He replaces Dr. Brica Kora Lafia who left the Project at the beginning of 2021.
This position is made possible with the support of the European Union, which is funding this project whose objective is to improve early detection systems and prevention of viral haemorrhagic fevers in wildlife in ten (10) countries of West and Central Africa.
Dr Wendmisida Guigma is a graduate of the Ecole Inter Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaire (EISMV) in Dakar (Senegal) and holds a Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health.
Professionally, he has worked mainly for the Ministry in charge of animal and fisheries resources in Burkina Faso, where he held the positions of Coordinator of the anthrax control project, Director of Animal Health and Acting Director General of Veterinary Services.
From 2016 to 2021, he was the head of the animal disease epidemiological surveillance network and the OIE focal point for animal disease notification. He actively participated in the establishment and operationalisation of the One Health platform in Burkina Faso, where he was vice-chair of the thematic commission on surveillance, detection and response.
In addition to these functions, Dr Guigma was in charge of the implementation of training programmes for veterinary agents in field epidemiology (FETP and ISAVET) within the Ministry in charge of animal and fisheries resources in Burkina Faso.
He is very pleased to contribute to the further implementation of the OIE policy on animal health and veterinary public health through the strengthening of disease surveillance in wildlife.
Wendmisida can be reached at: [email protected]