Mosoka Fallah

Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah cofounded the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) in 20 months after the ebola crises that ravaged his native Liberia. He was appointed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia as the Deputy Director for Technical Services overseeing the Divisions of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, National Public Health Laboratory, medical and Public health research among others. He is the Liberian Principal Investigator of the Largest Cohort of Ebola survivors in the world in a five-year NIH-sponsored ebola natural history study. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, University of Liberia. While still a PhD student at the University of Kentucky, he founded Refuge Place International to address the very high maternal and neonatal deaths in his native country Liberia. He then went on to the Harvard Chan School of Public Health to study Global Health with concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. In 2013 he returned to his native country to work on the issue of maternal and child health in a country ravaged by a civil war, which was trying to rebuild its health system. Just as he opened Refuge Place in the Chicken Soup Factory slum of Liberia Ebola struck. Refuge place was shuttered.  With his skills in epidemiology and program management Mosoka became the head of the ebola response, launching an active case finding system which became a model for the epidemic control.  He grew up in Monrovia, which helped him build trust within communities that were struggling to deal with the disease that ravaged his hometown. He has extensive experience working in humanitarian crises with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia (MSF) during the heat of the civil war. With over ten years of experiences in development work. He has done consultancies for USAID, CHEMONICS, President Malaria Initiative (PMI), World Health Organization, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Action Against Hunger. Dr. Fallah has worked extensively with the Ministry of Health of Liberia, the medical centers and other nonprofit organizations to jump start this flagship program in Liberia.

For his work in the Ebola Response he was named as one of the Time Magazine Person of the year in 2014.