Managing Director LAMIVAC
Country Program Director - AMP Burkina Faso
Dr. Betsem runs LAMIVAC, a joint AMP and Centre Muraz international reference laboratory for vaccinology research and training in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. In this role, he is in charge of designing and implementing research, training programs, and providing expertise in the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases in West Africa and international networks. His areas of expertise include clinical and community medicine, biomedical diagnostic methods, virology, infectious disease surveillance, field epidemiology, demographic surveillance and global health.
Before joining AMP in 2014, Dr. Betsem worked for the Ministry of Public Health in Cameroon as a chief medical officer at district level. He conducted regional clinical and public health strategies related to infectious diseases, AIDS, and EPI and family planning. At the Institut Pasteur in Paris and Bangui, he worked on the description of different features in the epidemiology of oncogenic viruses (HTLV-1, HHV-8) in Cameroon, as well as simian foamy viruses as a model for the early steps of the emergence of a zoonotic infection into a human population through cross species transmission in natural setting in Central Africa. Finally, as an epidemiology intern at the Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco, Dr. Betsem worked on incidence features of West Nile virus projected from blood donors, as well as dengue virus risk prediction from symptomatic blood donors.
Dr. Betsem holds an MD from the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon, a PhD in virology from the University Denis Diderot (Paris 7), and an MPH in epidemiology from the Pasteur/Cnam school of public health in France.