Cheikh is currently the Head of the APHRC Regional Office in West Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal. He is leading the Countdown 2030 Initiative for APHRC (http://countdown2030.org), a multi-institution collaborative that calls for the accountability of governments and development partners, identifies knowledge gaps and proposes new actions for universal coverage of women's, children's and adolescents' health. He completed a PhD in Public Health in 2019 from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and held a Master’s degree in Statistics (2001) from the Houari Boumediene University of Sciences and Technology (Algiers, Algeria). Cheikh joined APHRC in 2010 as the Country Manager for the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) project in Senegal.
Cheikh’s experience includes research on reproductive health (behavioral surveys on HIV/STI in Senegal and Mauritania, post-abortion care, family planning), local development and poverty. Cheikh is a passionate of data discoverability. In 2014, he led the development of the APHRC Microdata Portal, an Open Data platform where high quality research data on Health, Population, Education and Urbanization are made publicly and freely available to the research community.