Professor Bassirou Bonfoh
African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence (Afrique One-ASPIRE)
Professor Bassirou Bonfoh, a veterinary scientist with substantial research experience in infectious disease epidemiology and the Director General of CSRS in Côte d’Ivoire is leading Afrique One-ASPIRE.
The programme is expanding research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa by focusing on 'One Health’ – the concept that the health of animals, human and the environment is interconnected - as an approach to tackle major challenges in ecosystem health.
The programme, based at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS) in Côte d’Ivoire, is supporting West and East African researchers through a structured programme of scientific training, supervision and mentorship across thematic training programmes.
Building on the achievements of Afrique One, the programme brings together seven core African institutions with seven collaborating ones in Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Chad, along with two European partners in Switzerland and the UK.
With over 65 years of expertise in human and animal health and food security, CSRS is a strong lead institution and Professor Bonfoh also has a strong track record in leadership, along with fellowship and training supervision.
The thematically driven programme focuses on endemic zoonoses, which are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Aiming to link emerging research institutions across East and West Africa, the programme will develop research capacity and training for the next generation of African scientists facing ecosystem health challenges.