Dr. Joseph Okebe
Joseph is the Clinical Lead and Medical Responsible in the Global Health Unit at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He leads the design and implementation of the clinical development strategies for products in the Global Health Institute. He is also the Medical Responsible for our Praziquantel Donation Program for schistosomiasis elimination.
Joseph is an MD and paediatric infectious diseases specialist. He also holds an MSc in Public health and a PhD in Medical Sciences. He has over 10 years’ experience leading research on medicines and public health interventions to reduce disease burden in low and middle-income countries. His expertise is in developing and implementing complex clinical studies including clinical trials and functioning effectively in multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary research environment.
Before joining our company, Joseph worked in the UK (University College London and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) where he was responsible for a trial evaluating a model of integrated health service delivery for people living with chronic health conditions. Prior to that, he led a team at the Medical Research Council Unit in The Gambia involved in a research program evaluating tools for malaria elimination in The Gambia.
Joseph is passionate about the use of research evidence to inform national and international health policies. He is actively involved in critical appraisal of research evidence and has supported the development of the international guidelines on malaria treatment and chemoprevention.