Renée LaReau | August 4, 2020
Since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the United States, Asinamai Ndai has played an important role advising the St. Joseph County Health Department, which serves residents of South Bend and surrounding areas. Relying on public health expertise he acquired in Nigeria, his home country, he has helped health department officials forecast needs for personal protective equipment (PPE).
“On the county level we have been caught not having enough PPE for nursing homes, long-term health care facilities, shelters, and other congregate living facilities,” said Robert Einterz, MD, the St. Joseph County health officer who heads the department. “No one had ever systematically looked at our needs for gowns, gloves, N-95 masks, face shields, and hand sanitizer.”
Ndai came to the Keough School with undergraduate and master’s degrees in public health. One of the pioneers of a mobile clinic initiative serving HIV patients in Nigerian refugee camps, he also has worked for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program, ensuring that a life-saving supply chain of health commodities reached the populations that need them. Using data analysis skills he honed while working on HIV treatment supply lines, Ndai helped the health department quantify both current and future PPE needs.
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