Muhammad Shakir Balogun

Resident Advisor, Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program, African Field Epidemiology Network

Muhammad Shakir Balogun is a 2002 graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Medical School, as well as a Cohort 3 graduate of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP). Dr. Balogun completed his specialty training in Medical Microbiology at ABU Teaching Hospital, Zaria in 2015, where he also served as Chief Resident from 2014-2015. As a Medical Microbiology resident, he instructed medical students of the ABU in Medical Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. Balogun was also part of the first cohort of the Global Partnership Initiated Academia for Controlling Health Threats (GIBACHT) Fellowship (2014-2015) for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, as partnership between AFENET, Bernard-Nocht Institute in Hamburg, Germany, Robert Koch institute in Berlin, and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

In 2015, he became the first Resident Advisor of the Nigeria Frontline-FETP program which trained more than 1000 disease surveillance officers from 15 states from all 6 geopolitical zones between 2016 and 2018. In 2021, he led the implementation of the first cohort of Intermediate FETP in Nigeria. He has been teaching and mentoring residents of the Nigeria FELTP since 2013, teaching topics in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Teaching and Mentoring, Laboratory Methods, and Laboratory Management. Since becoming the Resident Advisor, one of his major achievements has been successfully applying for TEPHINET accreditation in 2018.

Dr. Balogun has led, participated in, and supervised disease outbreak responses and other public health emergencies including COVID-19, botulinum food poisoning, cholera, monkey pox, meningitis, measles, yellow fever, and Lassa fever. He also provides epidemiological services to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). For the past three years, he has been mentoring NCDC staff on the operations of the NFELTP as part of the transitioning process. At AFENET, he leads teams working on Field Epidemiology Training, National Public Health Institute Strengthening, Regional Acute Febrile Illness Surveillance, Wildlife Surveillance, Acute Flaccid Paralysis Surveillance and Routine Immunization, Mortality Surveillance and the President’s Malaria Initiative.

He has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has shared his scientific findings in local and international conferences. Dr. Balogun has served as a reviewer for scientific journals like BMC Infectious Disease, BMC Public Health, PLoS One, Annals of Nigerian Medicine, Annals of Tropical Medicine, Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, Pan African Medical Journal, and the Journal of Interventional Epidemiology and Public Health.