J. Soka Moses, LLB, MSc, MD

INSTRUCTOR, APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

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Biography

Soka Moses has a background in medicine, control of infectious diseases and law. He qualified from the University of Liberia and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011 and 2016. He currently works at the Partnership for Research on Vaccines and Infectious Diseases in Liberia (PREVAIL). His research focuses on emerging infectious diseases, including viral hemorrhagic fevers, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and COVID-19. He is a clinician with experience in the case management of emerging infectious, including Ebola virus Disease and COVID-19.

QUALIFICATION

LLB, University of Liberia, 2019

MSc, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2016

MD, University of Liberia, 2011

CURRENT ENGAGEMENT 

HSMT/ENTH613 Public Health Legislation, Regulation, and Enforcement

AEPI607 Infectious Disease Epidemiology

PHLT501 Fundamental of Epidemiology

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PUBLICATIONS

  1. Jacob, S.T., Crozier, I., Fischer, W.A., Hewlett, A., Kraft, C.S., Vega, M.A., Soka, M.J., Wahl, V., Griffiths, A., Bollinger, L., Kuhn, J.H. Ebola virus disease. Nat Rev Dis Primers 6, 13 (2020). Available at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41572-020-0147-3?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=organic&utm_campaign=NRRJ_2_SJB_reviews_editorial_socialposts&fbclid=IwAR2hJcj3C_VowukcW1ccNDkUQQuNkw7lCNXJCnMd5_7C0VtE2k8Y9pMf2Aw

  2. Peter Piot, Moses J Soka, Julia Spencer, Emergent threats: lessons learnt from Ebola, International Health, Volume 11, Issue 5, September 2019, Pages 334–37, https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihz062. Available at: https://academic.oup.com/inthealth/article/11/5/334/5544162

  3. Kuhn, J.H., Adachi, T., Adhikari, N.K.J. et al. New filovirus disease classification and nomenclature. Nat Rev Microbiol 17, 261–263 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41579-019-0187-4. Available at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41579-019-0187-4 

  4. Soka Moses and April Baller. Ebola Virus Diseases, in AfEM Handbook of Acute and Emergency Care (Medical) 2ed., Lee Wallis, Teri Reynolds, and Keegan Checkett, Editors. March 28, 2019, OUP: Southern Africa.

  5. Sneller, M.C., Reilly, C., Badio, M., Bishop, R.J., Eghrari, A.O., Moses, J.S., Johnson, K.L, Gayedyu-Dennis, D., Hensley, L.E., Higgs E.S., Nath, A., Tuznik, K., Varughese, J., Jensen, K.S., Dighero-Kemp, B.D., Neaton, J.D., Lane, H.C., Fallah, M.P. Longitudinal Study of Ebola survivors in Liberia. N Engl J Med 2019; 380:924-34. https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMoa1805435?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dwww.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

  6. Soka, MJ and Choi, MJ, et al. (2016). Prevention of sexual transmission of Ebola in Liberia through a national semen testing and counselling programme for survivors: an analysis of Ebola virus RNA results and behavioural data. Available at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(16)30175-9/fulltext

  7. Purpura, L; Soka, MJ., Baller, A., Choi, M. et al. (2016) Implementation of a National Semen Testing and Counseling Program for Male Ebola Survivors — Liberia, 2015–2016. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6536a5.htm?s_cid=mm6536a5_x

  8. Seminal Persistence of Ebola Virus RNA in Survivors: Prevalence, risk, and transmission. Abstract: ASTMH November 2017, Baltimore.

  9. Purpura LJ., Rogers, E. Baller, A., Soka, MJ. et al. (2016). Ebola Virus RNA in Semen from an HIV-Positive Survivor of Ebola. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Vol. 23, No. 4-April 2017. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/23/4/16-1743_article

  10. Lamontagne, F.R. Fowler, R.A., Murthy, S., Brett-Major, D.M., Soka, M.J., et al. Evidence-based guidelines for supportive care of patients with Ebola virus disease. Lancet 2018; 391: 700–08. Available at: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2817%2931795-6

  11. Soka, M.J. Building confidence, improving healthcare – how short course training helped tackle the West Africa Ebola outbreak. LSHTM Blog. September 19, 2019. Available at: https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/expert-opinion/building-confidence-improving-healthcare-how-short-course-training-helped

  12. Soka Moses. How clinicians are involved in outbreak preparedness. Step 1.12 In Disease outbreaks in low- and middle-income countries Massive Open Online Course, London school of hygiene & Tropical Medicine. September 15, 2019. Available at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/disease-outbreaks/1/steps/452441

  13. Soka Moses. Key outbreak interventions that clinicians are involved in. Step 3.6 in Disease outbreaks in low- and middle-income countries Massive Open Online Course, London school of hygiene & Tropical Medicine. September 15, 2019. Available at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/disease-outbreaks/1/steps/452505

Research 

PREVAIL VIII: A Cohort Clinical, Viral, and Immunological Monitoring Study of People Living With Retroviral Infection in Liberia (HONOR). HONOR is a prospective cohort study of individuals living or newly diagnosed with Retroviral Infection who are currently receiving or initiating care in the counties of Margibi and Montserrado, Liberia.

 

PREVAIL VIIIa: Evaluation of Latent Tuberculosis Infection Screening Methods in People Living With Retroviral Infection in Liberia. This is a prospective study to compare the interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) and tuberculin skin test (TST) as latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) screening tests in people living with retroviral infection in Liberia.

 

Evaluation of a health system strengthening intervention for building a fit-for-purpose health workforce

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Infectious Diseases epidemiology

Viral hemorrhagic fevers

HIV/AIDS

Tuberculosis

COVID-19

Antimicrobial resistance

Health systems

RESEARCH METHODS

Prospective studies, survey, prevalence, sample size, risks, rates, ratios, regression analysis, qualitative interviews, systematic analysis, etc.