Dr. Wamai's current research is on health systems, HIV/AIDS and neglected
tropical diseases (NTDs). Core areas are HIV/AIDS programming and cost-effectiveness
analysis, male circumcision for HIV prevention, and health sector policy and reforms
focusing on decentralization, insurance and financing in sub-Saharan Africa. His other
research interests focus on HIV/AIDS, health and health disparities among African-born
populations in the US. 

Wamai has served as a Research Fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health at
the Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health.
He previously worked and trained at the University of Helsinki, the Johns Hopkins
University Institute of Policy Studies and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the
London School of Economics, the Nordic-Africa Institute in Sweden, the University of
Nairobi in Kenya, and at the World Bank. Prior to his Harvard appointment, Wamai was a
research associate at Oxford University Department of Social Policy researching on the
shifting comparative welfare systems in the OECD and South Africa. Wamai has taught
undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses in social policy, nonprofit studies,
international development cooperation, and health policy in various universities in
Finland, the UK and the US. 

He has co-edited several texts such as “Civil Society Reconsidered: A Critical Look at
NGOs in Development Practice” (IDS: Helsinki. 2006) and has published widely in leading
journals such as Science, Future HIV Therapy, BMC Public Health, Journal of Public Health
in Africa, Am J Prev Med, JMAJ, J Community Health, AIDS Care, J Int AIDS Soc and J Law
Med. Wamai is the co-founder of the recently launched Integrated Initiative for Global
Health at Northeastern University. He currently teaches courses on epidemiology and
health disparities, African conflicts, global health and development. 



Awareness, acceptability and uptake of Human Papilloma Virus vaccine among Cameroonian school-attending female adolescents (with Claudine Akono Ayissi, Geofrey O. Oduwo, Stacey Perlman, Edith Welty, Simon Manga, and Javier Gordon Ogembo), Journal of Community Health (2012)

The purpose of this study is to assess awareness, knowledge and beliefs about HPV, cervical...



Assessing the effectiveness of a community-based sensitization strategy in creating awareness about HPV, cervical cancer and HPV vaccine among parents in North West Cameroon (with Claudine Akono Ayissi, Geofrey O. Oduwo, Stacey Perlman, Edith Welty, Simon Manga, and Javier Gordon Ogembo), Journal of Community Health (2012)

In 2010, the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) received a donation of HPV vaccine...

Criticisms of African trials fail to withstand scrutiny: male circumcision does prevent HIV infection (with Brian J. Morris, Jake H. Waskett, Edward C. Green, Joya Banerjee, Robert C. Bailey, Jeffrey D. Klausner, David C. Sokal, and Catherine A. Hankins), Journal of law and medicine (2012)

A recent article in the JLM (Boyle GJ and Hill G, "Sub-Saharan African Randomised Clinical...



Biological basis for the protective effect conferred by male circumcision against HIV infection (with Brian J. Morris), International Journal of STD & AIDS (2012)

Here we provide an up-to-date review of research that explains why uncircumcised men are at...



A 'snip' in time: what is the best age to circumcise? (with Brian J. Morris, Jake H. Waskett, Joya Banerjee, Aaron A. R. Tobian, Ronald H. Gray, Stefan A. Bailis, Robert C. Bailey, Jeffrey D. Klausner, Robin J. Willcourt, Daniel T. Halperin, Thomas E. Wiswell, and Adrian Mindel), BMC Pediatrics (2012)


Circumcision is a common procedure, but regional and societal attitudes differ on whether there...


Popular Press


Targeting diseases beyond our borders, News@ Northeastern (2011)
Lowering the risk of spreading HIV among heterosexual men in Africa, Boston Channel: WCVB Channel 5 TV, interview (2010)


A Conversation on African Diaspora, Diaspora at Work (DAW) (2010)