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GHF2014 – PS29 – Information and Communication to Promote and Facilitate Health

Information and Communication to Promote and Facilitate Health
Prof. L. Suzanne Suggs, PhD, MS, CHES, Senior Assistant Professor of Social Marketing and Head of BeCHANGE Research Group, Institute for Public Communication (ICP), Faculty of Communication Sciences, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
Smartphones to Improve Health Workers Performance and Rational of Drug Use for Management of Childhood Illnesses in a Low Resource Settings
Ms. Clotilde Rambaud-Althaus, MD, PhD candidate, Epidemiology and Public Health Department, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Prof. Don de Savigny
Head, Health Systems Interventions Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Dr. Allison Goldberg
Director, Global Corporate Affairs, Global Corporate Affairs Anheuser-Busch InBev, United States
Dr. Anthony Adoghe
Research PhD student in Public Health at the University of Essex and founder of Adoghes’ Online Public Health Clinic, United Kingdom
Ms. Sabina Beatrice-Matter
Manager Health Projects, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development Switzerland

Suggs photo_sept 2011Prof. L. Suzanne Suggs

Professor Suggs is an Assistant Professor of Social Marketing and Head of the BeCHANGE Research Group in the Institute for Public Communication, Faculty of Communication Sciences, at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), in Lugano Switzerland. She is also Director of the USI Sustainability Incubator (USI-SINC). She received a BBA in Marketing at University of North Texas (USA), a MSc and PhD in Health Studies at Texas Woman’s University (USA), and a Post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster University (Canada).

Suzanne’s research focuses on behavior change communication through information and communication technologies. She examines the determinants of behavior and tests innovative digital communication strategies, delivered through ICT, and the influence on health behaviors. The majority of her work focuses on eating and physical activity behaviors, but also does research on alcohol, tobacco, decision-making, vaccination uptake, hand washing, HIV testing, medication compliance, self-management of conditions and therapy, and consumption behaviors.

Prior to joining the faculty in Lugano, she was Assistant Professor of Health Communication, Department of Marketing Communication, at Emerson College and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, Massachusetts, USA). She has a wealth of industry experience, working with pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, foundations, organizations, and multi-media communication companies. She is a Co-Founder and on the Executive Board of the European Social Marketing Association and is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. She teaches graduate level courses in Social Marketing, Focus Group Methods, Research Methods, and Media Skills. And for the second year in a row, Suzanne will teach a course on ” m-Health: Mobile Communication for Public Health”, in the Swiss School of Public Health+ Summer School this August in Lugano.

Rambaud Profile PhotoMs. Clotilde Rambaud-Althaus

Married, mother of two girls and MD, specialist in General Medicine (France), with a focus on Tropical Medicine and International Health. Large field experience as clinician or research scientist with Médecins Sans Frontières and Epicentre in Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Central African Republic, Cameroun, and Swaziland. Back in Switzerland after three years of expatriation in Tanzania, from 2010 to 2012 as PhD Student with Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and University of Basel in the field of malaria, non-malarial fever, and management of childhood illnesses. Currently finishing a PhD thesis and working as a clinician in Travel Medicine Unit of University Hospital of Lausanne.

Don de Savigny_squareProf. Don de Savigny

Professor de Savigny is an epidemiologist and public health specialist and currently Head of the Health Systems Research Unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel.  He has extensive experience in conducting and facilitating health research in developing countries and has lived and worked for many years in Africa.  He chairs or is a member of a number of WHO, RBM, Global Fund, and TDR advisory committees and networks such as COHRED, the Health Metrics Network and the INDEPTH Network.  His current research focuses on interventions to strengthen health systems in developing countries, and on the health system effects of Global Health Initiatives for scaling up access.

Goldberg_Badge_squareDr. Allison Goldberg

Allison Goldberg is a recognized public health expert who has worked with private and public sector leaders around the world on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS to maternal and child health, health innovation scale-up, and health systems strengthening. Allison has published widely and presented on these topics at national and international conferences and high-level meetings with the United States Government and United Nations. Allison spent eight years working with consumer health and pharmaceutical companies, health providers, national and local governments, and non-governmental organizations all sharing interests in developing and implementing evidence-based solutions to address global health challenges. Allison is currently the Director, Global Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI). In this role, Allison manages and helps develop ABI’s evidence-based research approach to advancing prudent policy related to alcohol and global health. She manages a portfolio of public health initiatives and ensures that research and best practices are embedded in these initiatives. Allison earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Health and Political Science from Columbia University.

SabinaMs. Sabina Beatrice-Matter

Sabina Beatrice-Matter is Project Manager at the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development for some of the foundation’s healthcare projects, namely the primary healthcare program in Mali, the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health as well as ICATT and IMPACtt – two eLearning initiatives aimed at improving training in maternal, newborn and child health in collaboration with WHO and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. From 2008 to 2013, Sabina was also in charge of Communication’s at the Novartis Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Sabina worked for the communications department at Novartis and did internships with the Swiss national television in Berne and the news agency FSN in Washington DC.

Sabina is currently doing an MBA in International Health Management at the University of Basel (graduation expected in 2015). She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and the University of Salamanca in Spain and studied one year of Journalism at the Shenandoah University, USA.

GHF2014 – PS27 – Health as an Indicator of Sustainable Development: How Health Can Contribute to and Benefit from Sustainable Policies

Health as an Indicator of Sustainable Development: How Health Can Contribute to and Benefit from Sustainable Policies
Dr. Carlos Dora
Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Prof. Ilona Kickbush
Director, Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland
Health as an Indicator of Sustainable Development: How Health Can Contribute to and Benefit from Sustainable Policies
Ms. Natalie Mrak
Student, Masters of Development Studies, The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Switzerland
Mr. Callum Brindley
Student, Masters of Development Studies, The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Switzerland
Dr. Ralph Chapman, Environmental Studies Director, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Philippa Howden-Chapman, Professor of Public Health, University of Otago, and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, New Zealand
This session will begin with a comprehensive overview of the expansive literature, encompassing more than 20 years, on how health indicators can serve as measures of sustainable development and the presentation of a tool that has been developed which essentially combines all of this literature on indicators into one space. This will then set the stage for discussion on how this literature can essentially be placed into action. The session will entail perspectives from local, national and global levels as well as academic circles in order to provide a more comprehensive overview of the progress that has been made in incorporating health into sustainable development objectives as well as the challenges and the bottlenecks which still remain. The aim is to stimulate creative thinking and discussion around innovative ways through which health can become more embedded in the sustainable development agenda.This discussion is crucial particularly as the post-2015 development agenda talks continue. While the first set of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a momentous endeavor to tackle crucial issues affecting the most vulnerable, they did not provide a comprehensive and integrated approach to tackling these challenges. Health was a dominant theme in the first set of MDGs, composing 3 of 8 goals but as 2015 approaches it is apparent that these goals do not comprehensively address the major health challenges of the 21st century for both developed and developing countries alike. While barriers to overcoming communicable diseases, maternal and child health still exist, issues such as tropical diseases (NTDs) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are posing challenges to existing approaches to health. A horizontal integrative approach is crucial to overcoming these new health challenges. For instance, good water and sanitation could prevent the infection from the majority of  NTDs while changes in daily routines, such as the substitution of motor transport for public or active transport, could reduce the incidence of NCDs.While recent literature has called for the inclusion of health in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, there has not been a substantial discussion on how it could fit into this agenda and what exactly this health goal would look like as well as its feasibility at all levels of government from global to national to local.

Carlos Dora_squareDr. Carlos Dora

Carlos Dora, is a coordinator at the WHO HQ Public Health and Environment Department, leading work on health impacts of sector policies (energy, transport, housing and extractive industry), health impact assessment and co-benefits from green economy/climate change policies. He previously worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, at the World Bank, and with primary care systems in Brazil after practicing medicine. He serves in many science and policy committees, has an MSc and PhD from the LSHTM.  His publications cover health impact of sector and sustainable development policies, HIA and health risk communication.

Ilona KickbushProf. Ilona Kickbush

Ilona Kickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international level. She has published widely and is a member of a number of advisory boards in both the academic and the health policy arena. She has received many awards and served as the Adelaide Thinker in Residence at the invitation of the Premier of South Australia. She has recently launched a think-tank initiative “Global Health Europe: A Platform for European Engagement in Global Health” and the “Consortium for Global Health Diplomacy”.

Her key areas of interest are global health governance, global health diplomacy, health in all policies, the health society and health literacy. She has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, at both the regional and global level, where she initiated the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and a range of “settings projects” including Healthy Cities. From 1998 – 2003 she joined Yale University as the head of the global health division, where she contributed to shaping the field of global health and headed a major Fulbright programme. She is a political scientist with a PhD from the University of Konstanz, Germany.

PS27_Natalie_MrakMs. Natalie Mrak

Natalie   Mrak is a Global  Health  Project Coordinator with the Access to Health (A2H) team. In  parallel, she is also pursuing a Master´s in Development Studies, with a concentration on Human, Financial and Economic Development, at the Graduate Institute for International and  Development Studies (IHEID).  At  the  Institute,  she  is  focusing  on  global health issues. including  health  and  sustainable  development  as  well  as  the role of emerging  economies  in  global  health  governance and diplomacy. While in Geneva,   Natalie   has   interned  for  Otsuka  Pharmaceuticals  in  their communications  division  and in the community mobilization unit at UNAIDS. Prior  to  her  arrival in Geneva, Natalie worked at UNICEF headquarters in New York for 4 years as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of the HIV and AIDS  programme. In addition, she has a Master´s in International Relations from  the  City College of the City University of New York (CCNY) where she focused  on  gender  and  development  issues  in  Eastern  Europe. Natalie received  her  Bachelor´s  degree  from Kenyon College where she received a dual degree in History, with honors distinction, and Spanish Studies as well as Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.

PS27_Callum_BrindleyMr. Callum Brindley

Callum Brindley is studying a Masters of Development Studies at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. He is also a part-time researcher with the Global Health Programme and has co-authored two WHO publications on Health in All Policies and health in the post-2015 development agenda. Prior to his post-graduate studies, Callum worked for three years with the Australian Agency for International Development.

Ralph Chapman (aug06) VUW photoDr. Ralph Chapman

Ralph directs the Graduate Programme in Environmental Studies at Victoria University. An environmental economist, he’s worked on energy, transport, urban design and climate change. He’s also worked with the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment, the NZ Treasury; the British Treasury in Whitehall; the OECD, in the Beehive, and as a negotiator for New Zealand of the Kyoto Protocol. Ralph has a first in engineering, a Masters in public policy, and a PhD in economics.

GHF2014 – PS25 – Raising Awareness and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: the Proof is in the Pudding

Raising Awareness and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles:
the Proof is in the Pudding

Dr. Sunoor Verma
Executive Director, Geneva Health Forum, Switzerland
FitNation/SémioFormation: Signs of Bikes for Public Health
Mr. Rick Bell
Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Center for Architecture, United States
Ms. Gwenaëlle de Kerret
Research Director and Semiotician, Harris Interactive,
PhD. Candidate in socio-semiotics, Adjunct teacher in La Sorbonne (Paris V) and Rouen International Business School (NEOMA), France
Intervention with Communication Techniques Reduce Tobacco Use in the Community: An Experience from Rural Bangladesh
Mr. Shahidul Hoque
Field Research Manager, Centre for Equity and Health Systems, ICDDR, Bangladesh
Take a Step for Diabetes
Mr. Lorenzo Piemonte
Communications Coordinator, External Relations, International Diabetes Federation, Belgium

Sunoor -130Dr. Sunoor Verma

Dr. Sunoor Verma is the Executive Director Geneva Health Forum.As a senior development expert, Sunoor Verma has worked in emergency, conflict and post-conflict situations. He has led the establishment of complex partnerships and coalitions by negotiating strategic agreements and their implementation plans. He has set up programs across sectors, including, Education, Health, Protection, Injuries, Sanitation, HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction, Conflict Resolution, Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Environment, Culture, Gender, Minority issues etc. He has worked in various locations, including Western Europe, South East Europe, South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa and Australia. Among others, he consulted and worked with UNHCR, UNICEF, and the European Centre for Minority Issues, Cambridge University and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Sunoor Vema has been the principal consultant of the strategy consulting practice ‘ProCube’ and is the founder of

He is a seasoned speaker on the topics of strategy, partnerships and leadership. He is also sought after for his skills as an effective moderator on high-voltage panels. In a previous avatar, Sunoor Verma was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon.

PS25_Rick Bell_squareMr. Rick Bell

I became an architect because of the inspirational oratory of professors including Vincent Scully and the physical example of buildings seen while attempting, at the age of 19, to hitchhike from Paris to Dakar. As an architect I've had three careers, first in the private sector, then at a public agency, and, most recently, in the not-for-profit domain. As a private architect, I mostly designed schools and libraries in a NYC-based firm that also did hotel projects worldwide. In the public sector, I served as chief architect and assistant commissioner of New York City's public works department, responsible for 700 projects annually. And for the last twelve years I've led the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and created its storefront Center for Architecture.

Gwen profile photoMs. Gwenaëlle de Kerret

Gwenaëlle joined Harris Interactive France in 2007, where she is responsible for semiotic and ethno-semiotic research. She has been working in marketing and communication research for 8 years, on French and international topics. She specializes in projects aiming at understanding how corporations’ territory impact on public’s perceptions. These projects involve either services and cultural products, or consumer goods (packagings, products) and commercial spaces.

In parallel, she has been working for 3 years on a PhD dissertation dedicated to museums’ visual identity, in Paris and NYC. This research focuses on how museums express their identity through graphics and space (communication, architecture, signage, etc.).

PS25_Piemonte Profile Photo_squareMr. Lorenzo Piemonte

An Italian national with a background in international relations, I’ve been based in Brussels for the last fifteen years, following periods of work and study in South Africa, the USA and UK. I joined the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2003 and have been involved in several activities and projects for the Federation since then, including advocacy, communications, event management and public relations. My current responsibilities include coordination of the World Diabetes Day awareness campaign and overseeing the online communications of IDF. I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes for over 20 years.

GHF2014 – PS19 – Improving Access to Essential Medicines

Improving Access to Essential Medicines
Dr. Gilles Forte
Department for Essential Medicines and Health Products, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Strengthening Health Systems to Achieve Access to Essential Medicines
Ms. Alessandra Ferrario
Research Officer, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
Dr. Nicholas Banatvala
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Dept., World Health Organization, Switzerland
Dr. Nils Billo
International Union Against TB and Lung Disease, Switzerland
Ms. Maria Kathia Cárdenas
CRONICAS Centre, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru
Dr. Julie Sarah Torode
Deputy CEO and Advocacy & Programmes Director, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Switzerland
Mr. Mario Ottiglio
Director, Public Affaires and Global Health Policy, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations IFPMA, Switzerland
Ms. Margaret Ewen
Coordinator, Global Health Projects (Pricing), Health Action International (HAI), The Netherlands
This session at the Geneva Health Forum 2014 will aim to discuss the experience from different countries looking at barriers and facilitators to achieving the 80% target in different contexts and use this experience to see if lessons can be learnt on a global level and inform the implementation of concrete actions by different actors to reach this target. Following the presentation of country experiences different global actors will respond to the challenges presented as detail how they could see the problems being solved at what roles different stakeholders can play.

PS19_Gilles_ForteDr. Gilles Forte

Dr. Gilles Forte is the Coordinator of the “Essential Medicines and Health Products Policy, Access and Use team” at WHO headquarters. He is also Secretariat of expert committees on selection and use of medicines and on drug dependence.

Dr. Forte leads the development of guidance and tools for improving and monitoring WHO Member States policy, governance, access and use of medicines and health products, including for NCDs. Prior to this, he coordinated WHO medicines policy work in the WHO African Region.

Dr. Forte oversaw WHO collaboration with Countries of Central and Eastern Europe while based in the EURO Office in Copenhagen. He was also Medicines Policy and Supply officer for the WHO emergency operations in the former Yugoslavia. He is one of the authors of the WHO Guidelines for Drug Donations and has developed a series of emergency medical kits including for NCDs. Dr Forte has extensive experience of the NGO sector, having worked with a number of aid agencies involved in development and humanitarian programmes in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Trained in hospital pharmacy and public health, Dr. Forte holds a doctorate in pharmacy and a Master’s degree in pharmacology and nutrition. He has also held senior posts in the French public health system and at the national centre for scientific research.

Alessandra_Ferrario3Ms. Alessandra Ferrario

Alessandra Ferrario is a Research Officer in health policy at London School of Economics. Her research focuses on access to medicines and non-communicable diseases. One of her current research projects looks at improving budget impact and cost-effectiveness of pharmaceutical products through the introduction of managed entry agreements (MEAs). Over the past two years she has been working with the World Health Organization on issues around availability, affordability and quality of medicines in the Republic of Moldova.

Alessandra is also studying the burden and management of diabetes, both from a health and economic perspective, as part of a multi-country study in low- and middle-income countries. In previous projects she has investigated the determinants of price and utilisation differences for prescription medicines across OECD countries and issues related to good governance for medicines in low and middle income countries. She holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing (LSE/LSHTM), MSc in Epidemiology (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel) and BSc in Molecular Biology (University of Basel).

Nick Banatvala_squareDr. Nicholas Banatvala

Dr Nick Banatvala is currently Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General (Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health) at WHO in Geneva. Current responsibilities include leading development of a global coordination mechanism for the prevention and control of  NCDs, spearheading a newly set up UN NCD Taskforce and leading WHO’s global training programme to build capacity on NCDs for senior policy makers in middle and low-income countries.

Prior to this, Nick was Head of Global Affairs at the Department of Health in England where he led the development and implementation of the UK Government's first-ever global health strategy, its strategy for working with WHO and DH’s bilateral engagement with emerging economies. Before that, he headed up DFID’s work on global health initiatives and scaling up health services. This included leading on the health inputs for the 2005 G8 Gleneagles communiqué. He has represented the UK on a number of international initiatives, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and GAVI. Prior to this, Nick worked for DFID on health programmes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Nick has experience of the NGO sector, having worked with the UK aid agency Merlin on development and humanitarian programmes.

Nick trained in paediatrics and infectious diseases and then did public health and epidemiologic research in the UK and at CDC, Atlanta. Nick has also held senior posts in UK public health. Nick has sat on government, non-government and academic boards, as well as national and international committees. He has undertaken consultancies for a number of agencies including the World Bank.

PS19_Nils_BilloDr. Nils Billo

Dr. Nils E. Billo, MD, MPH was Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) from 1992 to June 2013.

Under the leadership of Dr. Billo, The Union has grown into a leading international health organisation, with more than 10,000 members and subscribers in 152 countries, and some 300 staff and consultants working from Paris and regional and country offices in 13 countries. The Union's mandate has expanded to include not only tuberculosis and lung disease, but also some of today's most vital interrelated public health issues, such as child lung health, HIV/AIDS, the pandemic of diseases caused by tobacco use and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Dr. Billo completed his medical training at the University of Basel, Switzerland and holds a Master's of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a member of the Stop TB Coordinating Board and past president of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), which organised the 2010 Year of the Lung campaign. Before joining The Union, he was head of the Epidemiology Section of the Federal Office of Public Health in Switzerland.

Dr. Billo is currently working as Senior Consultant for The Union.

PS06_Maria Kathia CardenasMs. Maria Kathia Cárdenas

Maria Kathia Cárdenas, BA, MSc(c), is a Peruvian investigator at CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH). Maria Kathia graduated from Economics and studied a Master in Epidemiological Research at UPCH through a Fellowship supported by The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) . Prior to her move to CRONICAS, she worked in areas devoted to Economic Evaluation of Projects and Public Policy in Social Development at two larger economic and development Think Tanks in Peru: Centro de Investigación de la Universidad del Pacífico and Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. Her area of interest is Health economics applied to chronic diseases.

She is the co-investigator in a research that received a seed grant award from NHLBI on lifestyles and cost of hypertension and she managed a health-system study looking into overcoming barriers to access care and treatment for chronic non-communicable diseases in Peru funded by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization. Currently, she is in charge of the economic evaluation of a large study launching a salt substitute to reduce blood pressure at the population level supported by the NHLBI under The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

PS19_Julie_TorodeDr. Julie Torode

Based in Geneva, Julie Torode is Deputy CEO and Advocacy & Programmes.

Director of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

In addition to managing some of the UICC flagship publications such as the TNM classification series and the International Journal of Cancer, Dr Torode has been instrumental in developing and instigating the UICC road map spanning global advocacy and 5 lead programmes. Influencing policy at the highest level includes leading UICCs campaign ahead of the High Level Meeting on NCDs in 2011, as well as UICCs work as founding federation of the NCD Alliance and the women’s task force on NCDs and health with partner organizations from the NCD, HIV-AIDs and reproductive health space. Recent work includes establishing programme leads on the Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative and Cervical Cancer Initiative as well as a review of the UICC fellowships and training offer. Dr Torode leads UICCs strategic relationships with key partners IARC (Global Initiative on Cancer registry Development), IAEA (PACT partnership) and WHO (joint work plan as NGO in official relations) as well as UICC members active in international cancer control.

Prior to joining UICC, she spent the last 10 years in Germany working in the pharmaceutical industry including phase I-IV clinical research - with a particular focus on breast and ovarian cancers, professional relations management and working with patient groups in oncology. She has a special interest in cancer prevention and palliative care. Dr Torode holds a PhD in Organic chemistry from the University of Liverpool.

PS19_Mario_Ottiglio_squareMr. Mario Ottiglio

Mario Ottiglio is Director at the IFPMA where he has been working since 2007 in positions of increasing responsibility. Mario leads on global health policy, coordinates IFPMA Members’ policy positions and conveys them to government and UN Specialized Agencies officials.

Mario also heads IFPMA’s public affairs and communications efforts, developing partnerships and promoting active dialogue with key stakeholders from governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society.

Prior to joining the IFPMA, Mario worked as a consultant for both the private sector and governments. Mario holds an MA in Political Science from the Naples Eastern University and is an Italian national.

PS19_Margaret_Ewen_squareMs. Margaret Ewen

Margaret is a pharmacist working on medicine price, availability and affordability issues at Health Action International (HAI) in Amsterdam.

In partnership with the World Health Organization, a methodology manual for measuring medicine prices, availability, affordability and price components was first published in 2003 (with a second edition published in 2008). To date, Marg has led or assisted more than 100 medicine price and availability surveys in all regions of the world, and provided pricing policy advice to numerous national governments.

She is currently looking at prices and affordability of NCD medicines in some Middle Eastern countries, and developing a methodology to compare prices of locally produced and imported medicines. Prior to joining HAI, Marg was a senior advisor at the Medicines Regulatory Authority (Medsafe) in her home country of New Zealand.

GHF2014 – PS13 – Integrated Approaches to HIV Management

PS13 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 15 ICON_Fishbowl
Integrated Approaches to HIV Management
Dr. Alexandra Calmy, Head, Unit of HIV/AIDS, Division of Infectious Diseases, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Integrating HIV Commodity Supply Chains for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission Scale Up in Nigeria
Ms. Chioma Nwuba, Logistics Advisor, HIV/AIDS Program Management, HIV/AIDS Supply Chain Management Systems, John Snow Inc., Nigeria
Administrative Integration of HIV Monitoring And Evaluation: A Case Study From South Africa
Dr. Mary Kawonga, Senior Specialist /Lecturer, Department of Community Health, Wits School of Public Health, South Africa
Ms. Shona Wynd, Expert on Community Health Care Workers, UNAIDS, Switzerland
Eighteen years after the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy, 10 years after antiretroviral therapy massive roll-out in high prevalence countries, the success of HIV treatment have been confirmed everywhere, worldwide. Most national programs however are fragmented. For example, mother to child transmission services are not necessarily linked with ART adult delivery systems, TB screening, diagnosis and treatment services are disconnected from HIV services in most TB/HIV high prevalence countries etc. Civil society, communities and patient-centred care have been central to the AIDS response from the outset and will continue to be essential to scaling up the response.  We will aim to explore how HIV services can form a continuum of care and address challenges around improving integrated service delivery as we move towards achieving the 3 Zeros (zero new deaths due to AIDS, zero new infections and zero discrimination) and UHC.

Alexandra_CalmyDr. Alexandra Calmy

Dr. Alexandra Calmy is a medical doctor, trained in internal medicine and in Infectious diseases (FMH), and holds a PhD in clinical research PhD in HIV/AIDS obtained in Sydney, Australia (Prof Andrew Carr, 2005-2008). She is currently an associate Professor and head of the HIV/AIDS Unit in Geneva University Hospital.

Dr. Calmy’s research interest is in the public health and humanitarian response to HIV/AIDS, specifically the provision of antiretroviral therapy and management of side effects in resource limited settings. She has worked  as a medical doctor with Médecins Sans Frontières in Cambodia in 1996 and has subsequently supported MSF’s HIV/AIDS work for more than 10 years.

She is a member of WHO working groups on the writing and the implementation of guidelines related to the treatment of HIV in developing countries since 2001, head of CSS6 committee at the “Agence National de Recherche sur le SIDA” (ANRS), member of the scientific board of the Swiss HIV Study Cohort (SHCS), and the Federal commission of Sexual Health in Switzerland. She is also a reviewer for numerous well recognised medical journals and has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.
PS13_NwubaMs. Chioma Nwuba

Chioma Nwuba is a Logistics Advisor - HIV/AIDS Program Management at John Snow Incorporated. She implements programs in West Africa aimed at strengthening health systems, preventing mother to child transmission of HIV and development of indigenous capacity to support HIV/TB prevention, care, treatment and commodity supply chain management.

She is currently studying online for a Masters in Public Health degree at the Texila American University, Guyana, South America.

Kawongs Profile PhotoDr. Mary Kawonga

Dr. Mary Kawonga was born and raised in Zambia, completed her medical degree there and practiced for a few years before she decided to move to South Africa. She moved to South Africa soon after that country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and looked forward to new and exciting possibilities in the ‘new’ South Africa. After practicing as a clinician in public sector hospitals she decided to pursue a career in community medicine rather than paediatrics and enrolled in a residency programme in community medicine at the University of Natal in the beautiful coastal city of Durban. On completing her four year residency programme in 2000, she moved to the less beautiful city of Johannesburg where she has since lived and worked as a community medicine specialist. In her current position Dr. Kawonga wears two hats. The first is as a public health medicine consultant with the provincial health department providing technical support to health managers on policy implementation and planning and monitoring health services and programmes. The second is as a lecturer with the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision, and research. She is currently enrolled for a PhD at her university. Her doctoral thesis explores methods for measuring tensions and synergies between disease-specific programmes and health systems at sub-national level.

GHF2014 – PS12 – Integrating Neonatal Care in Low Income Countries: the Big Place of the Very Small Babies

Integrating Neonatal Care in Low Income Countries:
the Big Place of the Very Small Babies

Dr. Marie-Claude Bottineau
Pediatrician, Neonatology, Pediatrics Intensive Care, MSF CH, Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Anne Pittet, Pediatrician, Hôpital de l’Enfance à Lausanne and MSF CH, Geneva, Switzerland
Dr. Jean-Marie Choffat, Pediatrician, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland
 Worldwide experience on the way to promote neonatal care in remote settings, humanitarian emergencies, post emergency programs, LIC… including policy and strategic planning, implementation, integration into MoH structures, task shifting, training course and handover.

PS12_Dr_Marie_BottineauDr. Marie-Claude BOTTINEAU is a French Pediatrician with a DESS in Neonatology, a competency in Pediatrics Intensive Care and a Master Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She did the first part of her carrier working in General and University Hospitals in France as Pediatrician in Pediatrics, Pediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care in Nantes, Nancy, Le Havre and Paris and her Tropical Medicine Degree in Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris, with Pr Gentilini and Pr Duflo. She also studied Bio-Ethics in Paris as free auditor getting an equivalence of Master Degree.

In parallel, she was doing some regular missions around the world with several Humanitarian Organizations including MSF- France in Kosovo; Vietnam (Ho-Chi-Minh); Madagascar (Antananarivo); Nicaragua (Leon and Managua), during civil war; Nepal (Pokhara-Jomoson); India (Calcutta, slums of Howrah-Pilkhana) and Cameroon (Mpoundou, Abong-Mbang district).

From 1990 to 1996, she dedicated her carrier to the humanitarian action working exclusively in expatriation in different humanitarian contexts of which in Benin with Terre Des Hommes-Lausanne and in Angola with MSF-France (Uige and Benguela provinces during civil war).

After an urgent medical repatriation in December 1995, time for recovering, few months in HQ MSF-France in Paris and few years in Robert Debré Hospital (Pediatrics Emergencies and Neonatal SMUR), she was to the United States in order to complete her Master Degree in Public Health (2000). Then, she worked 2 years as Public Health Medical Specialist at CRED (Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters), UCL, Brussels, Belgium. At the same time she made several missions to Cambodia for the Belgium Cooperation and some consultancies as Evaluator within the European Commission for INCO-DEV and INCO-MED programs.

From 2001 to 2003 she made regular consultancies for WHO Geneva in Switzerland (Geneva) on GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunizations); Chad (Tanjile), Mali (Bamako) and Indonesia (Djakarta, Bali and Iles de la Sonde) on Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination (MNTE) including Lot Quality Assurance Surveys (LQAS).

From January 2003 to July 2007 she worked as UNHCR Senior Regional Health/Nutrition/HIV – AIDS Co-ordinator for West Africa based in Sierra Leone (Freetown) and Ghana (Accra), then the Great Lakes Region based in Burundi (Bujumbura) and at least Chad – Darfour Emergency, based in Chad (Abéché).

Mid July 2007, she was appointed as Pediatrics Referent in MSF-CH to develop pediatrics vision, policy and strategic approach and to give adequate support to pediatrics fields. In April 2011, she took the coordination and leadership of the MSF International Pediatrics Working Group and early 2014 the coordination of the Mother, Neonatal and Child pool including nutrition.

She taught extensively (H.E.L.P Course, in MSF, UNHCR, Universities...) and participated actively in international congresses making some abstracts, publications, posters, and/or oral communications.

She contributed for many years to the work of Amnesty International against Torture, acting with the Medical Commission. After different professional affiliations, she is currently active member of the Target Advisory Group (TAG) of the International Pediatrics Association (IPA) on Children in Humanitarian Disasters, of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) (WHO, UNICEF, Save The Children...) and of the Group of Tropical Pediatrics (Société Francaise de Pédiatrie).

She got certificates of recognition from CDC Atlanta, H.E.L.P Course and the UNAM of Nicaragua for her action in emergency settings and/or her contribution to the teaching.



After a pediatric specialization in Switzerland, I joined MSF OCG in 1999 for several field missions in Africa and Asia. I participated also to clinical studies in South Sudan and Myanmar. In 2005 I worked one year in Vietnam to help in the development of a neonatal project and I continue to follow up these activities.

Since 2006 I’m working 6 months a year with MSF and 6 months a year in the Pediatric Department of the University Hospital of Lausanne. Since 2011 I work with the Medical Department of MSF in Geneva and the Training Unit, performing formal training sessions, coaching, supervision and field visits in different countries of Africa, Asia and Haïti.

GHF2014 – PS08 – Scaling up Services for Mental and Neurological Disorders at a Primary Care Level in LMICs

PS08 TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014 ROOM: 15 ICON_Fishbowl
Scaling up Services for Mental and Neurological Disorders at a Primary Care Level in LMICs
Dr. Ariel Eytan
Division of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Integrating Neuro-Psychatric Disorders at the Level of Primary Health Care Centres: Guinea
Dr. Abdoulaye Sow, Director, Medical Fraternity, Guinea
Strengthening Rehabilitation Care for Psychiatric Inpatients in Iraq
Mr. Denis Caharel, Assistant Head Chief Nurse, Department of Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Strengthening the Competencies and Skills of Nurses in Mental Health–Experiences from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ms. Selma Kukic, Project Officer, Mental Health Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Case Management in Mental Health Settings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Darko Paranos, Project Manager, Mental Health Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
This session should offer an opportunity to discuss the integration of mental health care and psychiatry in primary health care services. A variety of experiences will illustrate the debate. A Sow and colleagues will bring an African perspective with a focus on epilepsy, a disorder at the crossroad between neurology and psychiatry and carrying specific cultural representations. D Caharel and colleagues conducted a training intervention in a psychiatric hospital in Irak, a country where mental disorders are still heavily stigmatized. S Kukic, D Paranos and colleagues will show two distinct facets of the mental health reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina BiH): professional development of the nursing staff on the one hand, case management on the other hand.

PS08_Ariel_Eytan_Square_Version 2Dr. Ariel Eytan

Ariel Eytan graduated from the faculty of medicine of the University of Geneva. He is trained as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. His interests are in the cross-cultural aspects of mental disorders, international psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. He conducted research on mental trauma in the Balkans and in Rwanda. He is the author of approximately 60 papers published in peer reviewed journals.


Sow Profile PhotoDr. Abdoulaye Sow

Abdoulaye Sow is a general practitioner , public health physician , director of a national NGO called Guinea Medical Society ( FMG ) .

Abdoulaye Sow has been engaged for twenty years in the provision of primary care and participated in the installation of several community general practitioners and private health centers to public purpose . It is since 2009 a lecturer and member of the education committee of the specialized study of family medicine degree at the Faculty of Medicine of Conakry. A. SOW is involved in several projects to support community health sector and resource person with some health districts. His major area of ​​interest is the management of mental health at the community level . FMG which he is also providing support to public health centers by facilitating the integration of the management of many chronic diseases including AIDS , tuberculosis and severe neuropsychiatric disorders . Member of several networks that it is often facilitator in the field of health promotion


PS08_Kukic Profile PhotoMs. Selma Kukic

After graduating Psychology in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina her professional development began within the organization for support to People living with HIV. Basically she performed tasks of planning and implementing programs for psychosocial support. This period of three years has been extremely important to her personal sensitization in the area of ​​stigma and discrimination of vulnerable groups. After this period, over the next four years, to her great joy and exceptional motivation she began her involvement in the field of Mental Health, where she hopes to work for a long time.

GHF2014 – PS02 – Integrated Management of Childhood Illness: Where Do We Stand?

Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses:
Where Do We Stand?

Dr. Lulu Muhe, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA), World Health Organization, Switzerland
Performance of Community Health Workers in Community Case Management: Uganda
Dr. Agnes Nanyonjo, Research Officer-Public Health, Malaria Consortium Uganda Technical Country Office, Uganda
Dr. Eric A. F. Simões, Professor of Paediatrics, School of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, United States
The aim of the IMCI strategy introduced in 1996 was to contribute to the reduction of child mortality through appropriate management of major causes of child death including pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and malnutrition, improved caregiver knowledge and home care practices during illness, and prevention of illness. As we approach the 2015, what has been the contribution of IMCI in the global progress towards achieving MDG 4. Is the IMCI model still fit for purpose in addressing child survival and the emerging epidemic of non-communicable diseases beyond the 2015?

Nanyonjo Profile PhotoDr. Agnes Nanyonjo

Dr. Nanyonjo is a Research officer-Public Health working with Malaria consortium Uganda. She completed her undergraduate studies from Makerere university Uganda with a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery degree. She specialized in public health from Umeå university Sweden. She is a doctoral student at Karolinska institute.  She has experience working community case management of childhood diseases, HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health of young people.

Eric_Simoes_squareDr. Eric A. F. Simões

Eric Simoes is a Professor of Paediatrics at the School of Medicine Department of Paediatrics University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Eric A. F. Simoes, MB, BS, DCH, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Madras, India, in 1984. He completed paediatric infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1989, at which time he joined the faculty of the Department of Paediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado. From 1995 to 1999, he directed the Paediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. Since 2001 he also has had an appointment as Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases and Tropical Child Health with the Department of Paediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, UK.

Eric Simoes has published over 170 journal articles, books, book chapters, scholarly reviews, and abstracts. He is widely sought as a speaker, teacher, and consultant, both nationally and abroad. Worked as a Member, Advisory Committee on Acute Respiratory Infections, World Health Organization 1999-2004

GHF2014 – PL01 – Integrated Care, Empowered People

Dr. Nick Goodwin
PhD, Chief Executive Officer, International Foundation for Integrated Care, United Kingdom
Mrs. Alice Njoroge
Managing Director, Eastern Deanery AIDS & Relief Program, Kenya
Dr. Joachim Stumberg
Associate Professor of General Practice, Department of General Practice, The Newcastle University, Australia
Mr. Bertrand Levrat
Chief Executive Officer, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland
Prof. Nicolas Fernandez
Assistant Professor, Center for Pedagogy Applied to Health Sciences (CPASS), Faculty of Medicine, University of Montréal, Canada
This plenary debate seeks to define the meaning and logic of ‘integrated care’ from the service users’ perspective. In particular, the panel will examine what it means to deliver more ‘patient-centered and co-ordinated care’ to people and communities and why this should be seen as an important design principle for health care systems.
Integrated care is a term that has come into common usage, yet people struggle to agree with what integrated care means and particularly how it can be applied. At its most basic, integrated care is a simple idea – combining different parts of the care system in order to optimize care and treatment to people where fragmentations in care have led to a negative impact on their care experiences and outcomes. Integrated care, therefore, is by definition ‘people centered’ since its core principle is to better co-ordinate care around people’s needs.The principles of integrated care from the person’s perspective therefore should:

  • seek to combines a range of care strategies that involve users and communities in the design of care programmes ;
  • create partnerships between people and professionals so that there is ‘co-production’ of health ;
  • support people to have the autonomy to make their own choices over care and treatment option ;
  • ensure that care is well co-ordinated around people’s needs by a team of care providers who communicate with each other to achieve more integrated service provision ; and
  • enable people to feel self-empowered.

Some of the questions to be discussed by the panel in this plenary include:

  • What do we mean by integrated care?
  • Is there a difference between the goals of integrated care from the person’s perspective compared with a systems perspective?
  • Why should integrated care be regarded as an important design principle for the future of health care systems?
  • What do we mean by person-centered care?
  • What are the benefits to be gained from better involving and empowering people and communities?
  • How can people and communities be better involved and empowered in making decisions about how care should be provided to them?

How can the ability of people to self-manage their own health be encouraged?


Nick_Goodwin1Dr Nick Goodwin, PhD

CEO, International Foundation for Integrated Care

Nick is a social scientist, academic and policy analyst with a specialist interest in investigating the organisation and management of primary, community and integrated care. Nick is co-Founder and CEO of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), a not-for-profit membership-based foundation dedicated to improving the science knowledge and application of integrate care across the World ( and is Editor-in-Chief of its scientific periodical the International Journal of Integrated Care ( Nick also works as a Senior Associate at The King’s Fund, London supporting its programme of research and analysis for improving and integrating care to older people and those with long-term conditions (LTCs).

In addition to his role in leading and developing the various work programmes at IFIC, Nick continues to be very active in research, development and support for integrated care at both a political and practical level. Nick’s current portfolio of work includes UK, US and European-based research and development studies examining the impact and deployment of integrated care to people with complex and long-term health problems.  Nick continues to work with the UK government to support its policies on integrated care, including the evaluation of its Health and Social Care Integration Pioneer Programme and the Commission on Whole-Person Care. Nick’s international commitments include the EU FP7 Project INTEGRATE ( and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. Nick is working with the World Health Organisation to support the development of a Global Strategy to develop person-centred and integrated care, and is on the Expert Advisory Team to WHO Regional Office for Europe’s Framework for Action Towards Coordinated/Integrated Health Services Delivery (CIHSD).


Nicolas_FernandezProfessor Nicolas Fernandez

Nicolas Fernandez is Professor of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Associate Professor at the Center for Applied Pedagogy in the Health Sciences (CAPHS) of the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Montréal. Recipient of a transplanted kidney in 2008, Nicolas learned to manage his dialysis treatments, both peritoneal and hemodialysis, over a period of eight years. This life transforming experience, combined with his academic career in educational research and teaching, allowed Nicolas to develop unique insights into self-management of chronic illness as well as into development of patient self-efficacy. His doctoral thesis was completed in large part during treatment sessions in the dialysis unit of his local hospital.

Nicolas has published in the field of higher education and cognitive science as well as in the field of group development and collaboration. Since 2010, Nicolas has been active in the Direction of Collaboration and Patient Partnership of the CAPHS and contributes regularly to initiatives aimed at integrating patient perspective into training of health professionals and organizational change in clinical settings.

A quote from Prof. Fernandez:

‘The transformative power of illness hinges on the answer to a simple question: can I live with it or not? If the answer is no, then you are nearer to death. If the answer is yes, you are not farther from death, but a lot closer to life.’ 


Joachim_SturmbergDr. Joachim Sturmberg is Conjoint A/Prof of General Practice in the Department of General Practice, The Newcastle University, Newcastle, Australia. He graduated from Lübeck Medical School, Germany, where I also completed his PhD. Since 1989 he works in an urban group practice on the NSW Central Coast, with a particular interest in the ongoing patient-centred care of patients with chronic disease and the elderly. In 1994 he started to pursue systems and complexity research with an inquiry into the effects of continuity of care on the care processes and outcomes. Since then, his research has expanded and includes the areas of understanding the complex notion of health, health care and healthcare reform, showing that health is an interconnected multi-dimensional construct encompassing somatic, psychological, social and semiotic or sense-making domains, that health care has to embrace the patient’s understanding of her health as the basis for effective and efficient care, and that an effective and efficient healthcare system ought to put the patient at the centre. He has published extensively on these topics. He is joint chief editor of the Handbook of Systems and Complexity in Health, and joint chief editor of the Forum on Systems and Complexity in Medicine and Healthcare which appears in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Together with Carmel Martin and Jim Price he chairs the Complexity Special Interest Group (SIG) in the World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians WONCA.


23.07.2013_Bertrand Levrat, 23.07.2013_Bertrand LevratMr. Bertrand Levrat

Chief Executive Officer , Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland

Bertrand Levrat is an « engaged humanist ». Lawer by training, he has successively worked for seven years at the International Committee of the Red Cross on field missions as delegate, chief of under-delegation, legal advisor for Asia and Latin America and representative of the ICRC at the United Nations in New York.

Since returning to Geneva in 2001, he has continued to be committed to helping vulnerable persons during three years as deputy director for social affairs.  He was in charge of policies for the disabled and substance dependence.

In 2004, he became Director General of the Hospice General, a Geneva institution with 1000 collaborators in charge of socially dependent persons and asylum seekers. During nine years he entirely reformed this institution.  Under his leadership, the Hospice Général recovered long term financial  balance and rigorous management, but what is essential to him is something else: “Most important to me was to make collaborators proud to work there”.

Appointed new Director General of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) in June 2013, he intends to respond to the challenges that face him as head of this major institution.


Alice_NjorogeMrs Alice Njoroge, Managing Director, Eastern Deanery AIDS & Relief Program, Kenya

Alice Njoroge is a Nurse Leader working in resource limited settings.  She is very passionate about high quality care for clients. To accomplish this she has learned over the years to be innovative and at the same time being very sensitive to proper utilization of resources allocated for various activities. She always strives to maintain high standards of care, as well as stretches available resources as far as possible.

Dr Rifat Atun

RifatAtunDr Rifat Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Global Health Systems Cluster at Harvard University's School of Public Health.

In 2006-13, Dr Atun was Professor of International Health Management and Head of the Health Management Group at Imperial College London. He is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2008-12 he served as a member of the Executive Management Team of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Cluster.

Rifat's research focuses on the design and implementation of health systems transformations and their impact on outcomes. His research also explores adoption and diffusion of innovations in health systems (e.g. health technologies, disease control programmes, and primary healthcare reforms), and innovative financing in global health. Organization. Rifat is a co-Investigator and the joint lead for the innovation work stream at the National Centre for Infection Prevention and Management at Imperial College. He is also a co-Investigator and the Theme Lead for 'Organisational Change, Sustainability and Evaluation' at Imperial College and Cambridge University Health Protection Research Unit for Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection. He has published widely in the Lancet, PLoS Medicine, Lancet Infectious Diseases, BMJ, AIDS, and Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Rifat has worked with several governments globally and with the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the UK Department for International Development to design, implement and evaluate health system reform initiatives in more than 20 countries. He has led research and consultancy projects for GSK, Pfizer Inc., the Vodafone Group, Hofmann La Roche,  PA Consulting, and Tata Consulting Services.

Rifat was the Founding Director of the MSc in International Health Management, BSc in Management and Medical Science, and Founding Co-Director of the Masters in Public Health Programme at Imperial College. He has been a director of Imperial College spin out companies operating in areas of health technology.

Rifat is a member of the MRC Global Health Group as the MRC Infections and Immunity Board representative. He serves as  a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, the Norwegian Research Council's Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) Board, the Research Advisory Committee for the Public Health Foundation of India, and the US Institute of Medicine USAID Standing Committee on Strengthening Health Systems. In 2006-08 he served as a Member of the Advisory Committee for WHO Research Centre for Health Development in Japan. He was member of the Strategic Technical Advisory Group of the WHO for Tuberculosis and chaired the WHO Task Force on Health Systems and Tuberculosis Control. In 2009-12 he was the Chair of the STOP TB Partnership Coordinating Board.

Rifat is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).