oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Directing the NIV and the NICD : a three-decade odyssey through the world of communicable diseases : Festschrift



The word "odyssey" is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as "a long journey full of experiences." I have served as Director, for almost 30 years, of the two institutes which have served as national and the regional centres of excellence for communicable diseases: from April 1976 to 2002 at the National Institute for Virology (NIV) and, since January 2002, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). This may or may not be a directorship record, but it certainly has been a long journey. Unquestionably it has been filled with many experiences. It is from these experiences that I feel that I have gained a certain degree of knowledge and, dare I say it, wisdom which could provide some lessons of value to public health institutions serving similar functions to that of the NICD.


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