Dr. Pierre Formenty

Team lead – VHF, WHO

Dr. Pierre Formenty is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine with a Master in Public Health. He has been working in global public health with the World Health Organization (WHO) since January 1996.

During the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Dr. Formenty was assigned to the HQ Ebola Response department, where he led the Technical Strategy, Support & Standards Team (technical supervision of 7 teams, 70 staffs). Within the new WHO Health Emergency programme he is leading the Viral and Haemorrhagic Fever team (VHF). The VHF team is responsible for global prevention, preparedness and response to Viral Haemorrhagic Fever outbreaks of international public health concern. Dr. Formenty and his team are covering VHF and several viral emerging zoonotic infections: Ebola, Marburg, Rift valley fever, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever and Arenaviruses, Monkeypox, Hantavirus, West Nile Virus Nipah and Hendra. In addition, their research interest include ecological studies on emerging zoonosis at the human-animal interface, viral haemorrhagic fevers, vector borne forecasting models and climate change.

Dr. Formenty is the Manager of the WHO Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN), a Network of high security diagnostic laboratories for early detection and rapid containment of outbreaks due to emerging and dangerous pathogens. Since 1996, Dr. Pierre Formenty has participated with WHO in field control activities of more than 40 major outbreaks of international importance. During these missions he supported outbreak response activities for the following diseases: Chikungunya, Cholera, Dengue, Ebola, Lassa fever, Marburg, Monkeypox, Nipah, Plague, Rift Valley Fever, SARS-CoV and Yellow Fever.