Michel Pacqué

Child Health Team Lead (JSI)

Dr. Pacqué is a public health professional with more than 30 years of international maternal, child health and infectious diseases experience in Africa and Asia. He has worked as a clinician, researcher, program manager and advisor to nongovernmental organizations, ministries of health, and multilateral organizations. Prior to joining MCSP, Dr. Pacqué was the Senior Maternal and Child Health Advisor at PATH, an international consultant, the Senior Neglected Tropical Diseases Technical Advisor in the Infectious Diseases Division of USAID, and spent 15 years working for USAID-funded programs (including BASICS, CSTS+ and MCHIP).

As a researcher, Dr. Pacqué led the phase IV clinical trials on ivermectin treatment, which made significant contributions to the scientific knowledge necessary for controlling onchocerciasis. He also designed and implemented a comprehensive primary healthcare program for a rural population of 200,000 while serving as a clinician and district medical officer in rural Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Pacqué has worked extensively throughout Asia and Africa, and is fluent in Flemish/Dutch, French and English. He holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, and a doctor of medicine in Medicine Surgery and Obstetrics from the Free University of Brussels.

Recent Publications

  1. Community-based treatment of onchocerciasis with Ivermectin: Acceptability and early adverse reactions
  2. Impact of mass treatment of onchocerciasis with Ivermectin on the transmission of infection
  3. Pregnancy outcome after inadvertent ivermectin treatment during community-based distribution
  4. Ivermectin therapy: A 5-year follow-up
  5. Application of the verbal autopsy during a clinical trial