Francis Ndowa, MD

Ndowa, Francis 2015_120Dr Francis Ndowa has international experience in public health and the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). He qualified at the University of Birmingham Medical School, UK, and holds postgraduate Diplomas in Dermatology and Genito-urinary Medicine from London. He worked in the prevention and control of STIs, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chest diseases, rheumatology and dermatology in the UK and Zimbabwe. In 1996 he joined the Geneva-based Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and then transferred to the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000 where he worked as Coordinator for the WHO Controlling Sexually Transmitted & Reproductive Tract Infections Team until mandatory retirement in 2012.
Currently based in Zimbabwe, he works as an international consultant on surveillance and control of STIs and antimicrobial resistance in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. He facilitates workshops to update doctors and nurses in STI prevention and control locally and internationally.
He is a Member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Antimicrobial Resistance; Chairperson of the Board of Management of Harare Central Hospital (Zimbabwe); Executive Member of the International Union against STIs (IUSTI); co-Director, and Specialist Venereologist, of the Skin and GU Medicine Clinic, a private clinic in Harare.