Dr. Elise Farley MD, PhD,

South Africa

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Qualifications: PhD in Public Health Medicine, MPH, BA (Hons) Nationality: South African, Irish and British
❖ Quantitative and qualitative research project design, implementation (data collection using KoBoCollect and
RedCap), analysis (Stata) and manuscript writing
❖ Program management
❖ Logistical coordination of medical and educational programs in central and southern Africa
World Health Organisation 10 April 2022 – 30 April 2023
Epidemiologist, WHO AFRO Health Emergencies Programme Cape Town, South Africa
• Provide epidemiological technical support to Member States’ partner institutions in the implementation of Covid-19
sero-epidemiological investigations under the WHO Unity studies global initiative
• Coordinate monthly Unity seminar for stakeholders
Hilfsaktion Noma 1 February 2022 – 31 August 2022
Epidemiologist Cape Town, South Africa
• Designed a RedCap database for the collection of clinical data at Hilfsaktion Noma hospitals
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/ Doctors Without Borders) 6 June 2017 – 31 December 2021
Epidemiologist Sokoto, Nigeria in 2017/18; Cape Town, South Africa 2019/2021
• Designed and implemented operational research studies on noma (prospective cohort, cross sectional, case control and
• Field Research- conducted and coordinated data collection
• Trained and managed a team of research assistants
• Created KoboCollect and RedCap questionnaires and databases and used these for mobile data collection
• Analysed data using Stata, wrote up findings into reports, manuscripts for publication and poster presentations
South Sudan

• Implemented a water and sanitation survey in a protection of civilians camp
• Ensured standardisation of routine data collection
University of Cape Town, Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research 1 September 2016 – 1 April 2017
Research Study Coordinator Cape Town
• Coordinated HIV and maternal health study, recruiting 395 participants (370 quantitative, 25 qualitative)
• Oversaw data collection and data entry
• Analysed data using Stata, co-authored abstracts and manuscripts for publication
OneSight 19 June 2015 – 24 May 2016
Program Manager Cape Town
• Designed and ran vision care programs in South Africa
• Wrote fundraising reports
Operation Smile 2 March 2013 – 18 June 2015
Regional Program Manager, Central and Southern Africa Cape Town
• Managed surgical programs (cleft lip and palate) in DRC, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa and Madagascar
• Arranged all logistics and led surgical missions to operate on approximately 170 patients over 10 days
• Recruited and managed a team of approximately 120 medical and non-medical volunteers
• Created program reports, budgets and program plans
• Worked with a variety of partners to grow programmatic capacity including Ministry of Health, hospital staff, medical
and non-medical volunteers, NGO’s, businesses and individual partners

South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) 1 April 2011 – 1 March 2013
Early Childhood Development Program Manager Cape Town
• Managed Early Childhood Development Program projects at 10 ECD centres in Philippi
• Monitored and evaluated programs and wrote program reports
Rural Education Awareness and Community Health (REACH) 01 May 2009 – 31 March 2011
Project Coordinator Cape Town
• Co-ordinated all logistical aspects of projects- venue, catering, transport, participant recruitment
• Monitored and evaluated programs, wrote funding proposals, reports and created project budgets
Vimba January 2007 – January 2009
Founder London and Zimbabwe
• Founded NGO, arranged fundraising events, clothing drives and awareness campaigns
PJD Tax June 2007 – October 2008
Tax Consultant London
• Completed tax returns for clients
Sesame Street School February – November 2006
Teacher Taiwan
University of Cape Town, School of Public Health and Family Medicine
PhD in Public Health Medicine 2017 – 2020
Masters of Public Health – Epidemiology (Distinction) 2016 – 2017
Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Honours in Political Science 2005
Bachelor of Arts. Majors: Political Science and Environmental Science 2002-2004
Bergvliet High School, Cape Town. Matric Exemption 2001
Training and resources in research ethics evaluation- Module 1, 2.1, 3.1 and Nigerian supplement Online- 2020
MSF SORT-IT Qualitative Research Training Johannesburg – 2018/19
First Aid Level 1 Cape Town – 2015
Operation Smile Project Coordination Academy Virginia, USA – 2014
American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider Cape Town – 2013
Lifeline Counselling Course Cape Town – 2009
Circles of Life 2016 – 2018
Associate- University of York, Centre for Applied Human Rights 2021 – current
LQAS Water and Sanitation Survey: Bentiu Protection of Civilians Camp South Sudan- 2017
Eye Health Care Need in Low Resource Settings Cape Town – 2016
5 Year Regional Retrospective Surgical Complication Review, Orofacial Cleft Surgeries conducted from
2009 – 2014 on Operation Smile Missions

Southern and Central
Africa – 2015
Obstetric Fistula Patient Qualitative Report for Programmatic Planning, DRC DRC- September 2014
Surgical Outcome of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Repair, Malawi Malawi- August 2014
Patient Care and Satisfaction, Malawi Malawi- August 2014
Surgical Outcome of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Repair, Madagascar Madagascar- April, 2014


Reviewer for BMC Pediatrics and Lancet Infectious Diseases
RECENT FIRST AUTHOR PUBLICATIONS (list of all publications can be sent on request)
Farley E, Amirtharajah M, Kamu C, Oluyide B, Shoaib M, Isah S, Adetunji A, Sherlock M (2021). Noma, a neglected disease: a
teaching article. Community Skin Health.
Farley E, Mehta U, Srour ML, Lenglet A (2021). Noma (cancrum oris): A scoping literature review of a neglected disease (1843 to
2021). PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Farley E, Edwards A, Numanoglu A, Phillips T (2021). Lockdown babies: Birth and new parenting experiences during the 2020
Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, a cross-sectional study. Women and Birth.
Farley E, Ariti C, Amirtharajah M, Kamu C, Oluyide B, Shoaib M, Isah S, Adetunji A, Fatima Saleh F, Ihekweazu C, Pereboom M,
Sherlock M (2021). Noma, a neglected disease: A viewpoint article. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Farley E, Amirtharajahc M, Winters R, Taiwo AO, Oyemakinde MJ, Fotso A, Torhee L, Mehta U, Bil K, Lenglet A (2020). Outcomes
at 18 mo of 37 noma (cancrum oris) cases surgically treated at the Noma Children’s Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria. Transactions of the
Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Farley E, Oyemakinde MJ, Schuurmans J, Ariti C, Saleh F, Uzoigwe G, Bil K, Oluyide B, Fotso A, Amirtharajah M, Vyncke J,
Brechard R, Adetunji AS, Ritmeijer K, van der Kam S, Baratti-Mayer D, Mehta U, Isah S, Ihekweazu C, Lenglet A (2020). The
prevalence of noma in northwest Nigeria. BMJ Global Health.
Farley E, Lenglet A, Abubakar A, Bil K, Fotso A, Oluyide B, Tirima S, Mehta U, Stringer B (2020). Language and beliefs in relation to
noma: a qualitative study, northwest Nigeria. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Oral presentations
European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health. Noma prevalence study. Liverpool, UK- 2019
Witwatersrand University. Women in Medicine. Johannesburg, SA- 2018
Operation Smile Global Conference. Patient recruitment in central and southern Africa. Virginia, USA- 2015
Poster presentations
MSF Scientific Days. 18-month outcomes of surgical treatment for noma (cancrum oris): case series,
Noma Children’s Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria. DOI: 10.7490/f1000research.1117941.1

London, UK – 2020
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Noma sequential mixed methods study. Washington DC, USA- 2019
European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health. Risk factors for diagnosed noma in
northwest Nigeria: a case-control study.

Liverpool, UK- 2019
MSF Scientific Days. Risk factors for diagnosed noma in northwest Nigeria: a case-control study. London, UK- 2018