Dr Justin M. Maeda is a Principal Medical Epidemiologist from Tanzania with more than 10 years of experience in health care delivery, public health programme implementation, project management, epidemiology and disease intelligence, public health research, administration, and public health leadership. He currently serves as Interim Head of the Division for Surveillance and Disease Intelligence at Africa CDC, where he provides strategic oversight for the continental surveillance efforts to support African Union Member States on early detection and to address public health events for the improvement of individual country and continental health security. Prior to his appointment, he served as Interim Head of the Division for Management and Administration at Africa CDC, where he provided administrative oversight for Africa CDC programmes, including resource tracking and mobilization, management, planning and budgeting, and programme monitoring and evaluation.
Dr Maeda has contributed to the achievement of sustainable health outcomes through the application of innovative tools and methodologies such as electronic supportive supervision tools, and designing and rolling out of disease surveillance strategies. He has also supported response to disease outbreaks using modern analytical methodologies and investigation approaches, coordinated large outbreak response missions and other public health emergencies, and supported countries in setting up public health emergency operations centres. Dr Maeda has vast experience in leadership, management and administration with capability to lead large teams of close to 1000 personnel, large grants management, programme planning and management, and international diplomacy.
Before joining Africa CDC, Dr Maeda served at different capacities within and outside his country, including as a district medical officer (DMO) under the Government of Tanzania, medical response coordinator under the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), and consultant medical epidemiologist under the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). He received the 2014 Director’s Award on Global Health Partnership from the US CDC, in recognition of his efforts in the fight against Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dr Maeda holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and a master of science degree in applied epidemiology both from the University of Muhimbili, Tanzania.