Professor Gregory Hussey

Vaccines for Africa

Professor Gregory Hussey PhD (UCT) FRSSAf Fellow of UCT

Director, Vaccines for Africa, Member, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Gregory Hussey has a long and distinguished history with the Faculty and is a leading academic with strong management background. He is the founding director of the IDM, and has several years’ experience at Faculty Executive level having served on the Deanery (Faculty Health Sciences) as Senior Research and Policy Advisor since 2013, and as Deputy Dean for Research from 2009-2011. He was Interim Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences until mid-2016.

Greg’s main research interest has been in the field of vaccine-preventable diseases, including TB. In 2001 he started the South African TB Vaccine Initiative; their mission is to contribute to the development of new TB vaccines. In 2009 Greg founded and is the director of the non-profit academic unit, Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA). It is based in the IDM and is a partnership of concerned individuals and organisations who collaborate towards the goal of increasing awareness of, and promoting the uptake of vaccines on the African continent. VACFA provides a forum for the exchange of accurate, up-to-date and fully researched information on vaccines and immunisation practices relevant to Africa for health professionals, policymakers, programme managers, parents, and the general public. Greg is also the convenor of the Annual UCT-based week-long African Vaccinology course.

Selected recent publications:

Patterson J, Kagina BM, Gold M, Hussey GD, Muloiwa R. Comparison of adverse events following immunisation with acellular and whole-cell pertussis vaccines: A systematic review. Vaccine. 2018 Sep 25;36(40):6007-6016. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.08.022. Epub 2018 Aug 22.

Muloiwa R, Wolter N, Mupere E, Tan T, Chitkara AJ, Forsyth KD, von König CW, Hussey G. Pertussis in Africa: Findings and recommendations of the Global Pertussis Initiative (GPI). Vaccine. 2018 Apr 25;36(18):2385-2393. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.03.025. Epub 2018 Mar 27. 

Haddison EC, Abdullahi LH, Muloiwa R, Hussey GD, Kagina BM. Comparison of school based and supplemental vaccination strategies in the delivery of vaccines to 5-19 year olds in Africa - a systematic review.

Hussey H, Abdullahi L, Collins J, Muloiwa R, Hussey G, Kagina B. Varicella zoster virus-associated morbidity and mortality in Africa - a systematic review. BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Nov 14;17(1):717. doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2815-9.

Patterson J, Kagina BM, Gold M, Hussey GD, Muloiwa R.Adverse events following primary and secondary immunisation with whole-cell pertussis: a systematic review protocol. BMJ Open. 2017 Jan 25;7(1):e012945. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012945.

Contact details:

Room 2.09, Wernher & Beit North
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Anzio Rd
Observatory 7925
South Africa

Tel:  +27 21 406 6101
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