Prof Oumar Gaye is the current Director of the Malaria Research and Capacity Development programme in West and Central Africa (MARCAD); Former Head of the Department of Parasitology of the Faculty of Medicine of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD). He has coordinated research on malaria and several parasitic diseases at the level of the UCAD and the Ministry of Health of Senegal. He is the former responsible for PhD training in Human Biology and Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of UCAD.
Professor Gaye has led major projects such as the new malaria prevention strategy in children named Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) and the use of ACTs and RDTs at community level, both strategies that have impacted on the decision-making of malaria management policies Professor Oumar Gaye is the Coordinator of the West Africa Network for Malaria Surveillance (WWARN), headquartered at the University of Dakar.
He was a Scientific Adviser on Malaria in the WHO Regional Office for Afro and a member of the WHO / HQ Expert Panel on Malaria Management among other scientific responsibilities. Professor Gaye held the position of Malaria technical advisor at the Gates Foundation, technical advisor at the MoH for many years. He is a founding member of the Roll Back Malaria network in West Africa.
Professor Oumar Gaye chaired the organising committee of the seventh conference of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) held in Dakar in 2018 and the organising committee of the 2019 DELTAS Africa Scientific Conference held in Dakar/Senegal. Professor Gaye is member of the National Academy of Sciences and Technics.