Public Health System Improvements in Liberia through Global Health Security Agenda


Emily Kainne Dokubo, MD, MPH is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Country Director in Cameroon and a Commander in the United States Public Health Service. She began her career at CDC in 2011 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Division of Global HIV & TB, supporting HIV surveillance and care and treatment programs in high-burden countries through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In support of CDC’s response to the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Dr. Dokubo served as a field epidemiologist in Sierra Leone and as outbreak response lead in Liberia. She played a crucial role in standing up a new CDC office in Liberia and supporting the Ministry of Health in its transition from strengthening. As the CDC-Liberia Deputy Director for Programs, she provided technical direction for implementation of Global Health Security Agenda – aimed at strengthening the country’s capacity to prevent, rapidly detect and effectively respond to health threats.