Research fellow

Dr Yannick Yvan MBOUE-DJIEKA

Yannick Yvan MBOUE DJIEKA, is a general practitioner. He graduated as Medical Doctor in 2012 from the Higher Institute of Health Sciences of the “Université des Montagnes”in Cameroon. His MD thesis on “Evaluation of lung volumes and flows in
Cameroonians with type 1 and type 2 diabetes” was supervised co-supervised by Dr Choukem. He joined the 2HD Research Network as a pioneer research fellow and is currently the programme coordinator and member of the medical statistics team.
He is currently a Master’s student in Health Information Systems in the Universty of Aix de Marseille, France. He has also completed the following short trainings:

Fellowships and awards

 Sir George Alberti Award 2017, by the African Diabetes Congress, for the scientific achievement in the area of diabetes in Africa, the contribution to the training of future generations of leaders in diabetes in Africa, and the commitment to develop sustainable international standard research and practice in Africa; The Sir George Alberti Lecture, delivered on 21 April 2017, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 IAS Benjamin Meaker visiting Professor, University of Bristol, 16-23 June 2014

 Cruddas Link Fellow, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, UK, since 2014.

 Eurpean Foundation for the Study of Diabetes (EFSD)-Albert Renold
Fellowship, 2012: two months stay in the Oxford Centre for Diabetes,
Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM), University of Oxford, UK.

 Raymond Berger award 2008 for the excellence of the research work entitled ‘Ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes is associated with theHuman Herpesvirus 8 infection in patients of sub-Saharan African origin’ (Raymond Berger
Foundation for the study of diabetes and metabolic diseases, Lausanne, Switzerland).

Key research interests

 Diabetes and cardiovasular diseases in Africans

 Ketosis-prone and other atypical forms of diabetes in Africans

Diabetes complications and cardiovascular diseases in Africans

 Migration and diabetes

 Hypertension in chronic diseases

 Childhood and adolescent obesity and diabetes in Africa

 Critical evaluation of of point-of-care devices used in diagnosis

 Evaluation of their accuracy

 Influence of skin-contaminants on the accuracy of glucometers

 Interactions between HIV/hepatitis C virus and cardiometabolic diseases

Five key publications

 Choukem SP, Kengne AP, Nguefack ML, Mboue-Djieka Y, Nebongo D, Guimezap JT, Mbanya JC.Four-year trends in adiposity and its association with hypertension in serial groups of young adult university students in urban Cameroon: a time-series study. BMC Public Health. 2017;17(1):499.

 Bouché CH, Garnier JP, Choukem SP, Gautier JF. Falsely elevated capillary glucose and ketone levels and use of skin lightening creams.  BMJ 2015;351:h3879

 Choukem SP, SobngwiE, Boudou P, Fetita LS, Porcher R, Ibrahim F, Blondeau B, Vexiau P, Mauvais-Jarvis F, Calvo F, Gautier JF. Beta and alpha cell dysfunctions in Africans with ketosis-prone atypical diabetes during near-normoglycemic remission. Diabetes Care 2013;36(1):118-123.

 Choukem SP, Sobngwi E, Fetita LS, Boudou P, De Kerviler E, Boirie Y, Hainault I, Vexiau P, Mauvais-Jarvis F, Calvo F, Gautier JF. Multi-tissue insulin resistance despite near-normoglycemic remission in Africans with ketosis-prone diabetes. Diabetes Care 2008;31(12):2332-7

 Sobngwi E, Choukem SP, Agbalika F, Blondeau B, Fetita LS, Lebbe C, Thiam D, Cattan P, Larghero J, Foufelle F, Ferre P, Vexiau P, Calvo F, Gautier JF. Ketosis-prone type 2 diabetes mellitus and Human Herpesvirus 8 infection in sub-Saharan Africans. JAMA 2008;299(23):2770-2776. 

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P.O. Box: 15219, Douala, Cameroon


Dr Daniel NEBONGO wa NEBONGO graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the Programme in Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Buea in 2012 (first batch). He thereafter joined the 2HD Research Network as a pioneer research fellow. He was posted by the Ministry of Public Health to the Regional Hospital of Nkongsamba where he worked in the Internal Medicine Unit and coordinator of the
Paediatrics HIV Programme and the Tuberculosis Programme in 2015. Since 2016, he was appointed District Medical Officer (DMO) of Mbonge Health District in the South West Region where he currently work.As a 2HD research fellow, he is in charge of mentorship of thesis students.
Address: Mbonge, South West Region, Cameroon
Tel.: 00237 677290926  /  00237 694272785

Dr Christian AKEM DIMALA, MD 

Christian AkemDimala, MD (Hons), MSPH, DLSHTM
Public Health Researcher –John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Clinical Fellow Orthopedics and Trauma – Southend University Hospital, Essex, United Kingdom.Member of Health and Human Development (2HD) Research Network, Douala, AkemDimala, is a public healthconsultant with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, working with the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) team to update the Lives Saved Tool of the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group (CHERG)/World Health organization (WHO). Equally working as a clinical fellow in orthopaedics and trauma at the Southend University Hospital in the United Kingdom, he is a graduate of the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a Masters’ degree In Public Health sub-specialised on research in developing countries, and a graduate of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Bueawith a Doctor ofMedicine degree with honors. Having received several awards among whichthat of the Valedictorian (best medical graduate) of the 2014 batch of medical graduates from the University of Buea Senate, the Cameroon Medical Council and the Ministry of Public Health, his most recent award
was for the 2016 New Voice in Global Health (NVGH) awarded by the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres, Universities and National Academiesfor his research work on the synergistic association between communicable and non-communicable diseases. This was awarded at the World Health Summit in Berlin held under the high patronage of the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, the President of France Francois Hollande, the President of the European Commission, Jean-ClaudeJuncker, and in the presence of several European and African ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs, WHO regional directors, renown researchers, academicians, clinicians and many others.            ,         
DimalaCA, Atashili J, Mbuagbaw JC, Wilfred A, Monekosso GL (2016) Prevalence of Hypertension in HIV/AIDS Patients on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Compared with HAART-Naïve Patients at the Limbe Regional Hospital, Cameroon. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0148100. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148100.
DimalaCA, Atashili J, Mbuagbaw JC, Wilfred A, Monekosso GL (2016) A Comparison of the Diabetes Risk Score in HIV/AIDS Patients on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and HAART-Naïve Patients at the Limbe Regional Hospital, Cameroon. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155560. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155560.
KadiaBM, Dimala CA, Bechem NN, Aroke D. Concurrent hyperthyroidism and papillary thyroid cancer: a fortuitous and ambiguous case report from a resource-poor setting. BMC Res Notes (2016) 9:369.
Feteh VF, Dimala CA, Njim T, Fuka B. Post term pregnancy in a non‑communicating rudimentary horn of a unicornuate uterus. BMC Res Notes (2016) 9:209.
Binyom PR, Eone DH, Omboto S, Dimala CA, Abolo M, Ngo Nonga B. Efficacy of Combined Neo-Adjuvant Chemotherapy and Radical Resection fora Giant Chondrosarcoma of the Gluteal Region Arch Cancer Res. 2016, 4:1.

Dr Tsi NJIM 

Dr Tsi NJIM defended his MD thesis under the supervision of Prof. Simeon Pierre Choukem in 2014, entitled « Prevalence, determinants and complications of abnormal birth weights in the Buea regional Hospital», that has yielded 4 publications. He worked as general physician at the Regional Hospital of Bamenda, Cameroon from 2014 to 2016.In 2016, he obtained a scholarship to study master’s in internationalhealth at the University of Oxford, UK, which he has completed.


Nicole is a dynamic physician with over 04 years of clinical experience and a public health analyst, committed to primary health care, research and innovation. She is a holder of a MSc. in Public Health obtained in November 2015 from the Glasgow Caledonian University London, UK with Merit.  She obtained her Medical Doctor Degree (MD) from the University of Buea, second class upper division.Nicole has received several awards including:

Obama Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Regional
Leadership Centre West Africa, Ghana: November 2016 for the Programme of
Public Policy and Administration.
Commonwealth scholarship / Living fee bursary from Glasgow
Caledonian University: September 2014 for the Programme of MSc Public
First IATSIC Price for the best free paper communication at the
International Surgical Week 2013 at Helsinki Finland for the research
topic: ’Compliance with the WHO/IATSIC trauma care guidelines in
district hospitals in a low-income country: a regional prospective
survey in Cameroon”.
Cameroon Medical Council’s Award for the 2nd best graduating medical student in Medicine. December 2012.

Alongside mentoring young medical
students, Nicole, Nicole is currently working on the following
systematic reviews within the 2HD network:

Effects of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on glucose metabolism
of HIV-infected adult patients: a systematic review with meta-analysis,
August 2016, PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic

of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on glucose metabolism
of HIV-infected children: a systematic review with meta-analysis, August
2016, PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic
reviews; August 2016, PROSPERO International prospective register of
systematic reviews;

Nicole has co-authored the following articles:

of District Hospitals in the Center Region of Cameroon with WHO/IATSIC
Guidelines for the Care of the Injured: A Cross-Sectional Analysis; May
2014, World Journal of Surgery;
Massive paediatric cervicofacialactinomycoses masquerading as an ulcerative malignancy, Aug 2016, BMC Infectious Diseases;
Nicole is currently the Vice-President of the University ofBuea Medical School Alumni Association (UBMSAA) an association fostering professional and academic development of alumni alongside networking. She presently works as a physician at the Sangmelima District Hospital in Southern Cameroon. She has worked as a clinical researcher for an American research firm (SporeDataInc). She has volunteered for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders, Michael and MauritiaPatcha Foundation, committed to achieving good community health. Nicole offered her services to the Nkambe District Hospital in a remote area of Cameroon where she was coordinating activities in the HIV/Tuberculosis units, the medical ward and the
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Aurélie SIBETCHEU TCHATOUis a young Cameroonian medical doctor who has recently graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of yaounde 1. She joined the specialization program 2 years ago, willing to become a paediatrician. Her passion for research rose from her first experience during her last year of medical training. She conducted a cohort study on monitoring of anti vitamin K therapy in patients with atrial fibrillation, that was later published and presented during the 10th Congress of the Cameroon Cardiology Society. She has a particular interest for systematic reviews and clinical trials, with the aim of providing locally-based guidelines and policies that can be easily applicable for clinicians and can improve the quality of care in Africa. Therefore, she participated in many courses on research of which two were inspiring.

 Pragmatic knowledge translation trials, Centre Pour le Développement des Bonnes Pratiques en Santé (CDBPS-H) in Cameroon ;

 Research Methods Course: Randomized Clinical Trials and Systematic Review, Centre for Evidence-based Health Care (CEBHC),Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

She is on the process of doing a master’s and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology. As member of 2HD research network, her projects focus more on two aspects:

Publications with a focus on paediatric cardiology, paediatric endocrinology, neonatology

Mentorship of 2HD Research Network thesis students and Collaboration with more experienced and renowned researchers.


Dr Maxime TINDONG 

MaximeTindonggraduated with a Doctor of medicine (MD) degree in 2015 from the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon. His MD thesis entitled “Diabetic foot: prevalence, clinical presentation and associated factors among patients in the Limbe and Buea regional hospitals, Cameroon” was supervised by Prof Choukem in the 2HD Research Network. He has been a research fellow in the network since then. He obtained a scholarship in 2016 and is currently Master’s in Public Health student at the School of Public Health, UniversitéLibre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.


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Dr Tatah LAMBED 

Dr Tatah LAMBED Lambed is a public health physician at the ministry of health in Cameroon. He obtained his MD degree from the University of Buea, Cameroon in 2012 and a Master’s in Public Health (Epidemiology and Research) in 2016 from both the University of Oviedo, Spain and the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Currently, he is completing a MSc in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Edinburg, UK. He is recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in 2015 and the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2015. As a research fellow at the 2HD, his main activities are conceiving and designing research, primary data collection, statistical analysis and mentoring juniors.


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