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Occupational Information

Occupation: Microbiologist and epidemiologist

Occupational Position: Regional representative for Epicenter Africa

Professional History

Professor Yap Boum II is the regional representative for Epicenter Africa, the research arm of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), known also as Doctors Without Borders. He is currently based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. From 2009 to 2014, Boum headed the Epicenter’s research base in Mbarara, Uganda, leading research projects that included tuberculosis and malaria. Most recently, in Guinea, he was in charge of laboratory coordination for the MSF/Epicenter phase three trial for the vaccine against Ebola, VSV-EBOV.

Boum is currently involved in setting up a research center for diarrheal disease in collaboration with Mbarara University of Sciences and Technology in Uganda, where he has a professorship in microbiology. He also teaches public health and microbiology at the Universities of Yaoundé I, Douala in Cameroon, and in Virginia in the US.

Boum is a co-founder of Kmerpad, a nonprofit that developed washable sanitary pads to empower women and allow them to more fully participate in their education. Kmerpad also aims to have a critical impact on the huge amount of waste generated by the use of non-reusable sanitary pads. In all his work, Boum is inspired by the vision of a healthy and wealthy Africa. He aims to advance research and innovative solutions and to promote the creation of a critical mass of young Africans to address the social and public health challenges Africa faces.


Degree in Engineering from the School of Industrial Biology, France
Masters in Microbiology from Universite Paris XI
PhD in Microbiology from University Paris XI
Masters in Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Liverpool

Professorship in microbiology at Mbarara University of Sciences and Technology in Uganda.


2017 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow