Dr. Haddad is the director of the International Trachoma Initiative, a partnership between Pfizer and the Task Force for Global Health that supports the global effort to eliminate blinding trachoma by 2020.
Before joining ITI, Dr. Haddad served as the director of the Children Without Worms program at the Task Force, a partnership between Johnson & Johnson and the Task Force that supports global efforts to reduce the burden of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in children.
Dr. Haddad received his medical degree from the State University of Groningen, the Netherlands. During his study he was active in training staff of eye hospitals in Africa and Asia to repair their surgical instruments and produce medical supplies using appropriate technology. After his graduation, he was a Helen Keller International (HKI) volunteer working as manager of the Irian Jaya Eye Care Project in Indonesia.
Dr. Haddad continued working with HKI in several different capacities, including as Africa Regional Coordinator for Onchocerciasis and Trachoma, director for Onchocerciasis, country director for Tanzania, and recently, as Regional Eye Health and Onchocerciasis Advisor. In his most recent position with HKI, Dr. Haddad was responsible for overseeing the integration of HKI’s neglected tropical disease programs (onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths) in Africa. In addition, he worked on the full implementation of the SAFE strategy for trachoma control in Tanzania, which included improvement of sanitation and development of a school health curriculum including hygiene promotion.
Between positions at HKI, Dr. Haddad worked as a resident in medical microbiology at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where he focused on diagnosis and treatment of parasitic diseases.
Dr. Haddad also serves on the Technical Consultative Committee of the Africa Programme for Onchocerciasis Control and is the past chairperson of the Non-governmental Development Organization Coordination Group for Onchocerciasis control.
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