Doumbo Ogobara

Doumbo Ogobara was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2016. As a fellow, Doumbo Ogobara contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.

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Medical & Health Sciences

Ogobara Doumbo (1 January 1956 – 9 June 2018) was a Malian medical researcher at the University of Mali. He was recognised as a global leader in malaria research. He was the recipient of the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali, Legion d'honneur and research award on Malaria in Africa. Doumbo grew up in a Dogon village. His father and grandfather were traditional African healers. He first rode in a car as a teenager, travelling 1,000 km to sit his secondary-school certification exams in Bandiagara. He achieved good enough grades at school to win a scholarship for Bamako's National School of Medicine and Pharmacy, and completed an MD in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Mali.After graduating, he worked as a bush doctor in Sélingué, specialising in surgery. Several locals rejected Western medicine, and alongside performing caesarean section deliveries Doumbo had to prove that Western methods could save lives. He went on to earn master's degrees in parasitology and immunology in the University of Montpellier.He was mentored by Philippe Ranque and Bernard Duflo, who helped him return to Mali during study breaks.He graduated with a Masters in medical anthropology at Aix-Marseille University and a qualification in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. In 1992 Doumbo created the Bamako Malaria Research and Training Center with his colleague Yeya Toure. The centre was supported by the government of Mali, the National Institutes of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Health Organization. Working with Abdoulaye Djimde Doumbo mapped malaria and chloroquine resistance across Mali and ensured government control initiatives were based on evidence. He was visited by Harold E. Varmus in 1996 and travelled with him to remote villages. He supported Djimde in his scientific career, supporting him to getting a PhD at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Djimde went on to lead the centre's drug resistance program and was the first West African person to receive a Howard Hughes grant. The centre works with the health system in villages, installing research units and training local nurses and midwives. It has several research groups lead by Malian researchers, over 200 permanent researchers and 60 postgraduate students. He established a grant-administration program, which has attracted significant funding and supported several generations of African researchers. Their efforts demonstrated the need for malarial control tools to be deployed on the ground, which influenced World Health Organization recommendations. Between 1996 and 2001 he directed the Tropical Medical Research Center Program, which was a collaboration between the University of Mali and Tulane University. Doumbo served as Professor in the Epidemiology of Parasitic Diseases at the University of Mali. Doumbo was the senior investigator for the drug trials of several antimalarial was on the health advisory board of Malaria No More and the Board of Directors of Muso Health. He was a member of the SESSTIM Unit at IRD/ Aix Marseille University.   Biography courtesy of