Mr Brent Thomas

Country Programme Manager (Liberia)

Brent grew up throughout Canada and obtained a BSc in Biology in Alberta before moving to Liverpool to study for a MSc in Medical Entomology and Parasitology at LSTM in 2008/09. He has worked at LSTM since 2011 when he returned to the UK, starting as a consultant for CNTD before moving to the Vector Group working on insecticide resistance mechanisms and their impact on malaria control programmes in Sudan.  Brent moved to CNTD as the M&E research assistant. He has worked in and with a number of African countries on their implementation and M&E activities for the DFID funded lymphatic filariasis elimination programme in order to strengthen regional programmes and ‘shrink’ the LF map.  During this time Brent also worked with the ICOSA control programme for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminths in Zambia, Mozambique and Liberia to facilitate the starting/scale-up of activities. 

As the programme has progressed he has taken on the role of programme manager for the Liberian and Ghanaian NTD programmes support by CNTD. The management of the country programmes requires the oversight of implementation, M&E (impact assessment surveys, coverage surveys and xenomonitoring activities, etc.) and morbidity activities while providing the technical assistance with these activities (training, planning, etc.) when needed as well as participating in key planning and document writing sessions with the Ministries and other partners. Recent Brent as taken over the oversight of the labs supported by the group which are in the process of gaining their ISO 15189:2012 accreditation.

Brent has a vested interest in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the programmes through co-implementation and integrated (when possible) of programmes and activities for the traditionally preventive chemotherapy NTDs as well as the case management NTDs. He has worked with the Ministries and partners in Liberia and Ghana to develop the countries Case Management Strategic Plan to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the programmes as well as the coordination and cooperation between groups and partners working with case management NTDs.

Brent has been involved with the parasitological and entomological practical demonstrations and examinations for both the DTMH and the MSc since 2011 when he started working at the school. He is involved in the teaching and evaluations conducted in the Biology and Control of Parasite and Disease Vectors MSc with a primary focus on the module Trop 719 ‘Parasite Epidemiology & Control’.

 

 

Publications

  • Cessation of Mass Drug Administration for Lymphatic Filariasis in Zanzibar in 2006: Was Transmission Interrupted? Rebollo, Maria, Mohammed, Khalfan A, Thomas, Brent, Ame, Shaali, Ali, Said Mohammed, Cano, Jorge, Escalada, Alba Gonzalez and Bockarie, Moses (2015) 'Cessation of Mass Drug Administration for Lymphatic Filariasis in Zanzibar in 2006: Was Transmission Interrupted?'. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol 9, Issue 3, e0003669.

    Elimination of lymphatic filariasis in The Gambia. Rebollo MP, Sombo S, Thomas BC, Biritwum NK, Jaye MC, Kelly-Hope LA, Guy M, Escalada AG, Molyneux D, Bockarie MJ (2015) Elimination of lymphatic filariasis in The Gambia. PLoS Negl. Trop. Dis. 9(3)

    Lymphatic filariasis in the Democratic Republic of Congo; micro-stratification overlap mapping (MOM) as a prerequisite for control and surveillance. Kelly-Hope, Louise, Thomas, Brent, Bockarie, Moses and Molyneux, David (2011) 'Lymphatic filariasis in the Democratic Republic of Congo; micro-stratification overlap mapping (MOM) as a prerequisite for control and surveillance.'. Parasites & Vectors, Vol 4, e178.