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Charles Shey Wiysonge

Regional Adviser, Immunisation, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Stellenbosch University

Charles Shey Wiysonge is the Head of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa as well as an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He previously served as Senior Director at the South African Medical Research Council; Director of Cochrane South Africa; Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care at Stellenbosch University; Project Manager of the Vaccines for Africa Initiative; Research Officer at UNAIDS, Geneva; Deputy Director, National Expanded Programme on Immunisation, Cameroon; Medical Epidemiologist at Centre Pasteur du Cameroun; and Physician at the Centre Hospitalier et Universitaire in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Professor Wiysonge was educated at the University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon (MD); the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (MPhil); and the University of Cape Town (PhD). He also undertook postgraduate non-degree training at the UK Cochrane Centre and the University of Oxford, UK. He is a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Professor Wiysonge is a member of numerous international scientific and policy advisory committees and his research interests include immunisation programmes, vaccine-preventable diseases, and implementation science.


  • –present
    Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation


Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); Knighted by the Presidency of Cameroon with the National Order of Valour, the highest honour in Cameroon, in the category “Chevalier".