Nissaf Bouafif ép Ben Alaya

Director, Tunisia Field Epidemiology Training Program

Dr. Nissaf Bouafif ép Ben Alaya received her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis. She specialized in preventive medicine, public health, epidemiology and biostatistics. She began her professional career at the Pasteur Institute of Tunis as a specialist in preventive medicine working on surveillance of leishmaniasis and viral hepatitis in Tunisia. She then worked as an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Claude Bernard in Lyon, France, working on nosocomial infection surveillance.

In Tunisia in 2010, she became an associate professor of preventive medicine and epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis and was recruited as the deputy director of the Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases. She became Director of Health Surveillance in 2013 and General Director of the Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases in July 2015. From July 2017 to May 2018, she served as Interim Director of Primary Healthcare. She has been the head of the preventive medicine and epidemiology department at the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis (2014-2021) and the coordinator of the master’s program in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Tunis Manar (2004-2021). She became full professor in preventive medicine and epidemiology in February 2016. She is currently working on the implementation of early warning and rapid response to emerging and re-emerging diseases.

Since 2011, she has coordinated field epidemiology training at the national and regional levels and is the director of the Tunisian Field Epidemiology Training Program, which was implemented in Tunisia in 2018. She is also the president of the Mediterranean Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (MediPIET) Training Centre Forum. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she coordinated the national response, was nominated coordinator and spokesperson of the COVID-19 scientific committee at the Ministry of Health, and became a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of Experts at the presidency of the government.