SEATTLE, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- PATH today announced the appointment
of Ayo Ajayi, MD, MPH, as vice president of field programs, effective
September 1, 2008. Dr. Ajayi is an internationally recognized expert with
more than 25 years of experience in global health, primarily in sub-Saharan
Africa. His areas of expertise include building health service capacity and
developing culturally appropriate service-delivery models in low-resource
Ajayi will lead strategy development and implementation for PATH's
country programs in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the
Caribbean. He will represent the organization internationally, nationally,
and locally and serve as the primary liaison between PATH headquarters and
field offices. Ajayi replaces Harriet Stanley, PhD, who has left PATH to
return to her home community in British Columbia, Canada.
"We are thrilled to have Dr. Ajayi join us in our work to strengthen
and grow our country programs," said Christopher Elias, MD, MPH, PATH's
president and CEO. "His leadership skills, outstanding knowledge of global
health needs, and excellent relationships with other global health
organizations and leaders will help us further our mission in the years to
Ajayi is currently regional director for sub-Saharan Africa for the
Population Council, where he manages seven offices and oversees the
organization's regional research portfolio. Prior to joining the Population
Council in 1990, he was a regional vice president for Pathfinder
International. He also taught at Boston University and served as a
government health officer in Nigeria. Ajayi has been a consultant to USAID,
the World Health Organization, and several United Nations agencies. His
professional activities include serving as a board member for the Africa
Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), which he helped establish,
and as chair of the advisory committee on access for the International
Partnership for Microbicides.
"I have worked closely with Ayo and know that his extensive knowledge
of health issues facing sub-Saharan Africa will be an excellent asset to
PATH," said Alex Ezeh, PhD, MSc, a PATH board member and executive director
Ajayi completed his medical training at the University of Ibadan,
Nigeria, and received a master's degree in public health from Boston
University. He also holds a certificate in family planning from the London
University School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is fluent in Yoruba
PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates
sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide
to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse
public- and private-sector partners, PATH helps provide appropriate health
technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act.
PATH's work improves global health and well-being.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, PATH has 35 offices in 20
countries. PATH currently works in more than 70 countries in the areas of
health technologies, maternal and child health, reproductive health,
vaccines and immunization, and emerging and epidemic diseases.
For more information, please visit http://www.path.org.