Achille Massougbodji
IRCB, Executive Director
Team member
Achille Massougbodji trained as a medical doctor in Montpellier, France and obtained his specialization in Parasitology in 1988. In 1982, he returned to Benin and obtained a teaching degree in 1990. He became Professor of Parasitology and Mycology at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Abomey Calavi. In 1998, he became the head-doctor of the Microbiology Laboratories at the National Teaching Hospital in Cotonou, Benin. Since 1986, he has been working in close collaboration with IRD on projects pertaining to the pathogenesis of malaria and other parasitic diseases. One of his main focuses is to build capacity in Benin. Since 2009, he has been researching the etiologies and consequences of maternal anemia in Africa. Throughout the years, he has successfully managed and coordinated numerous and large campaigns of recruitment and follow-up of pregnant women and their offspring in both urban and rural settings. He also took part in multicenter clinical trials to protect pregnant women from malaria infection. He has an extensive experience of field-based research, a deep understanding of the Beninese culture and beliefs and a strong desire to ensure capacity building in Benin.