Prof. Samuel Wanji (Ph.D)
University of Buea, Faculty of science, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology;
P.O.Box 63, Buea, Cameroon.
Samuel Wanji is a professor in public health, Parasitology and Vector Biology in the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Science, University of Buea, Cameroon. He is the head of Department and the Head of the Parasite and Vector Biology Research Unit (PAVBRU). He is also the Executive Director of the Research Foundation in Tropical Diseases and Environment, Buea. He carried out basic and applied research with focus on Neglected Tropical with a special interest in research uptake.
Our team has been involved in research that extends towards the elimination of NTDs. By tackling some of the most NTDs of public health interest such as filariasis and podoconiosis. We carry out relevant research activities that can lead to Policy change, for this, the research uptake is at the heart of ouractivities. Recently, we demonstrated using both field and laboratory oriented research, that the test ICT, and its new generation FTS test, that have been used for more than a decade to map Lymphatic Filariasis in several places of the world, is irrelevant in Central African region, because it cross reacts with Loa loa, another filarial species. We have initiated research to trace the molecular basis of the cross reactivity. These observations call for the development of new diagnosis test to remap LF from Central African region that may eventually contribute for shrinking the current LF map to the benefit of endemic countries that may not need to unnecessary spend their meagre resources to treat the population against Lymphatic Filariasis. We recently demonstrated through integrated mapping that Lymphodema found in Cameroon is essentially of non-filarial origin (Podoconiosis) and we intend to set up a Podoconiosis lymphedema Morbidity management centre in endemic health districts. We are at the far front of exploring through research the alternative strategies for the acceleration of the elimination of Onchocerciasis in areas endemic or not of L. loa. This involves, Testing for O. volvulus and treating those who are microfilariae
carriers with anti-Wolbachia, and applying Themephos (larvicide) in breeding sites for the reduction of Simulium larvae population. This integrated approach will surely accelerate the reaching of the transmission breakpoint. Our Unit in Collaboration with Prof. Achim group in Bonn, have initiated a comprehensive research package on Mansonella perstans, a very neglected filariasis that seems to be a major player in immunomodulation with implications to the immune responses to other co-endemic pathogens and success of vaccination in children
4. List of most recent publications
1. Wanji S, Kengne-Ouafo JA, Datchoua-Poutcheu FR, Njouendou AJ, Tayong DB, Sofeu-Feugaing DD, et al. Detecting and staging podoconiosis cases in North West Cameroon: positive predictive value of clinical screening of patients by community health workers and researchers. BMC public health. 2016;16 1:997.
2. Kengne-Ouafo JA, Millard JD, Nji TM, Tantoh WF, Nyoh DN, Tendongfor N, et al. Understanding of research, genetics and genetic research in a rapid ethical assessment in north west Cameroon. International health. 2015;8 3:197-203.
3. Deribe K, Wanji S, Shafi O, Muheki Tukahebwa E, Umulisa I, Davey G. Measuring elimination of podoconiosis, endemicity classifications, case definition and targets: an international Delphi exercise. International health. 2015;7 5:306-16.
4. Deribe K, Wanji S, Shafi O, Tukahebwa EM, Umulisa I, Molyneux DH, et al. The feasibility of eliminating podoconiosis. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015;93 10:712-8.
5. Kengne-Ouafo JA, Nji TM, Tantoh WF, Nyoh DN, Tendongfor N, Enyong PA, et al. Perceptions of consent, permission structures and approaches to the community: a rapid ethical assessment performed in North West Cameroon. BMC Public Health. 2014;14 1:1026.
6. Davey G, Bockarie M, Wanji S, Addiss D, Fuller C, Fox L, et al. Launch of the international podoconiosis initiative. The Lancet. 2012;379 9820:1004.
7. Davey G. Recent advances in podoconiosis. Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology. 2009;103 5:377-82.
8. Wanji S, Tendongfor N, Esum M, Che J, Mand S, Tanga Mbi C, et al. Elephantiasis of non-filarial origin (podoconiosis) in the highlands of north–western Cameroon. Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology. 2008;102 6:529-40.
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