Principal Technical Advisor, MTaPS Program, Pharmacovigilance
Comfort Ogar leads pharmacovigilance (PV) work in our MTaPS Program. In this role, she supports low- and middle-income countries in Africa and Asia to establish or strengthen their PV systems. Prior to joining MSH, she worked for 16 years as a medicine regulator with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigeria, where she was instrumental in establishing the national PV system, including PV in public health programs and post-marketing surveillance. Ogar’s international experience includes working as an External Consultant with the National ADR Centre in Vietnam, where she supported strengthening the PV system in the country through capacity building and the development of guidelines and other documents. She also consulted for WHO on PV issues in Asian countries. She is one of the pioneers of active PV in Africa through the Cohort Event Monitoring program implemented in Nigeria and continues to support countries to establish active monitoring systems. Ogar also supports other regulatory system strengthening efforts for MTaPS and supported the implementation of the HIV project in Nigeria. She earned a master’s degree in public health from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.