Dr Ricardo Thompson is a Mozambican health research scientist with over 25 years of experience in public health and biomedical research in Africa. His scope of work includes public health research and evaluation on the major public health problems in Africa, namely HIV & AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, NTDS, other parasitic and infectious diseases, nutrition, etc.
He holds a Ph.D. in Medicine with a concentration on Epidemiology from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, 1999.
From 2001 to 2008, he served as Scientific Director of the National Institute of Health in Mozambique.
In 2007, he founds the Chokwe Health Research and Training Centre (Chokwe HDSS), where he serves as director and principal investigator. The centre runs a continuous demographic and health surveillance system, covering a population of around 100,000, in a rural district of southern Mozambique, population based studies, clinical studies and trials on Malaria, HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Maternal and Child Health, NTDs, other parasitic diseases, among others.
From 2011-2015, he served as chairman of the WHO Lymphatic Filariasis Program Review Group in the African Region. In 2015 becomes the vice-chair of the newly formed WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Program Review Group. Since May 2017 he has been serving as the acting chair of the group. He has been a technical consultant in several WHO missions to other countries in Africa in support NTD elimination programs.
Since 2014, he is a member of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication (ITFDE) of the Carter Centre, Atlanta, USA, advising on the strategies for eradication of several diseases affecting the most impoverished populations around the world.
In May 2017, he becomes a member o the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative of the Imperial College in London, UK.
He is author and co-author in more than 30 peer reviewed papers in national and international journals.