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END Fund gets board member, head of programmes

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The END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative, has announced the appointment of Professor Moses John Bockarie and Dr. Caroline Karutu as a board member and head of programmmes respectively. 
 
Bockarie has been involved in the control of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) for over 30 years while Karutu has extensive experience designing and leading large-scale public health programs. 

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Bockarie holds MSc and PhD degrees from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom for his research on NTDs and malaria transmission research in Sierra Leone, the Gambia, and Mali. He also undertook postdoctoral studies on NTDs in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, and the United States.
 
Bockarie serves as the Regional Director for Africa for the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), where he is also the legal representative of the organisation in South Africa. In his new capacity as a board member, Professor Bockarie will play a crucial role in fostering innovative technical approaches to ending NTDs, as well as exploring newer funding streams for NTD programs.
   
Karutu has been a senior level career expert for nearly 20 years. Before her latest appointment, Dr. Karutu was the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda Project. 

For her doctorate in public health, Dr. Karutu gathered evidence to improve the retention of women living with HIV in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs in Kenya. Dr. Karutu’s expertise includes identifying and strengthening health service delivery gaps and building partnerships with governments and local communities for sustainable solutions.

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