Professor Tetanye Ekoe is a MEPI Coordinating Center Counselor. He was born in Ebolowa, Cameroon in 1948. In 1968, after his primary and secondary schools in Cameroon, Prof. Ekoe went to Belgium for basic medical education in the Faculty of medicine of the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he earned the degree of medical doctor in 1975. In 1976 he underwent a tropical medicine and public health course in the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine, and from 1976 to 1980, completed residency training in pediatrics at the University of Louvain where he graduated as specialist in pediatrics.
In 1980, Prof. Ekoe returned to Cameroon and was recruited as a public medical consultant. Since that time, he has involved himself in developing skills and expertise in teaching hospitals as well as with teaching at the Faculty of Medicine, Yaunde. He has also served as a consultant to international organizations such as WHO (member of the Control of Diarrheoal Diseases Programme), and BASICS/USAID. In the field of research, the professor acquired experience from many research programmes studying diarrheoa, childhood meningitis, sickle-cell disease, and malignant diseases. As a teacher, he is involved in regional and international French speaking associations such CIDMEF or CAMES responsible for promoting models of excellence in medical education among the French speaking medical schools of sub-Saharan Africa.
Since May 2012, Professor Ekoe has held an appointment as member of the Emergency Committee of WHO.
Since 2006, Prof. Ekoe has served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the largest and oldest medical school in Cameroon, with 1800 students. The Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (FMBS) is a bilingual school with a long tradition of community-based medical education, which could be a good bridge between French and English speaking sub-Saharan African medical schools.
As a researcher he has been working on different topics such as diarrheoal diseases, sickle-cell disease, malnutrition in children, and many other topics.