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ESCMID Panorama

ESCMID WHO Observerships

24-26 October 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark


Nine ESCMID observers spent three days at WHO in Copenhagen, Denmark from 24- 26 October 2017. The visit gave them an insight into the operations of the organization through informative sessions regarding the special interests of WHO. It also provided an invaluable networking opportunity.

On the first day WHO staff presented the various activities to observers, with a focus on the division of health emergencies and communicable diseases, and lectures about AMR and emergency preparedness for emerging infectious diseases. On the second day, they delved into more specific topics, including influenza and other respiratory pathogens, malaria and other vector-borne parasitic diseases, and tuberculosis. On the last day, observers had the opportunity to give a 5-minute presentation about their backgrounds and the context of their work, their perceptions of WHO before and after the visit, and to discuss potential collaborations in the future. All reports from the observers, which can be viewed on our website, are very positive and highlight the value of such collaborations.

In 2017 four ESCMID members from Europe and one each from Indonesia, India, Australia, South Africa and Peru, successfully completed the WHO Regional Office for Europe observership, as listed below.


ECMID-supported observers who visited WHO in 2017:

Tika Adilistya, Balikpapan, Indonesia

Jaykaran Charan, Jodhpur, India
Geoffrey Coombs, Murdoch, Australia
Tracy King, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Alejandro Martin-Quirós, Madrid, Spain
Laura Melissa Mori Llontop, Callao, Peru
Prajwal Prajwal, Schlieren, Switzerland
Stephanie Sian Thomas, Manchester, United Kingdom
Arkadii Vodianyk, Keiv, Ukraine