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Diafuka Saila-Ngita posing for a headshot

Diafuka Saila-Ngita, DVM, MSc, PhD

Research Associate Professor Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University 508-839-5302 Website


Dr. Diafuka Saila-Ngita is Research Associate Professor at Tufts University. He is a trained veterinarian and holds a doctoral degree in resource economics with focus in health. He has more than three decades of international experience particularly in Africa spanning human, animal, and wildlife sectors. He has worked in government, academia, NGOs, and the private sector. He is currently the Co-Lead for surveillance, modeling, and mapping on the USAID STOP Spillover project. He was the Technical Advisor for Africa under the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats project (EPT). Under EPT, he was instrumental in building the Africa One Health University Network (AFROHUN) as well as One Health Platforms in Africa. He led the creation in DRC of the consortium of professional councils (Federation Une Santé- FUS) that includes the Medical Council, the Pharmacy Council, the Nursing Council, and the Veterinary Council. Dr. Saila-Ngita initiated the creation of wildlife master’s degree programs at Ecole Inter-Etats des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaire of Dakar, Senegal and at Université de Lubumbashi, DRC. He helped review the University of Nairobi – Kenya wildlife program. Dr. Saila-Ngita has experience working at district and local government bringing together stakeholders to develop a common vision which he helped apply in Kenya, DRC, Cameroon, and Uganda under EPT. In 2004, he spearheaded the establishment of the first real-time health information system in Rwanda. He was the Head of the Livestock and wildlife office at the Ministry of Planning, DRC (1986-1990). He started his career as an outreach veterinarian supporting farmers at the Ministry of Agriculture, DRC in 1983.  Dr. Saila-Ngita is fluent in English, French, and African languages such as Swahili, Lingala, and Kikongo.

General Research

  • Antimicrobial stewardship and policy
  • Disease surveillance systems
  • National Health Accounts
  • Disease spillover from animals and wildlife to humans