Alert, response, and capacity building under the International Health Regulations (IHR)

List of Members of, and Advisers to, the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee concerning ongoing events and context involving transmission and international spread of poliovirus

5 May 2014

Members

Dr Salah T. Al Awaidy*

Communicable Diseases Adviser to Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman

Dr Yagob Yousef Al-Mazrou

Secretary General-Health Services Council of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ryad, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Dr Stephen Cochi

Senior Advisor to the Director, Global Immunization Division, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, United States of America

Dr Assad Hafeez

Executive Director, Health Services Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan

Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke

Former Head of Immunology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaoundé, Yaoundé; Cameroon

Professor John MacKenzie

Professor of Tropical Infectious Diseases and part-time Faculty Member at Curtin University, Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Professor Mahmudur Rahman

Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research and the National Influenza Centre, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Professor Helen Rees

Executive Director, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute and Personal Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Dr Khowaja Mir Islam Saeed

Surveillance Director of the Ministry of Public Health, Kabul, Afghanistan

Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo

Head of Port Health Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Nigeria

Dr Theresa Tam

Branch Head, Health Security Infrastructure Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Dr Anton M. van Loon

Former Head of the Department of Virology, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Dr Yu Wang

Director-General of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, China

Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith

Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Advisers

Dr Anthony Evans

Chief, Aviation Medicine Section, International Civil Aviation Organization

Dr Peter A. Singer

Chief Executive Officer, Grand Challenges Canada; Director, Sandra Rotman Centre, University Health Network; Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Dr Marsha Lynne Vanderford

Associate Director for Communications for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Global Health, Atlanta, United States of America


*Dr Al Awaidy was unable to participate in the teleconferences held on
28 and 29 April 2014.

Declarations of Interests - Members

Dr Yagob Yousef Al-Mazrou

Dr Al-Mazrou is also Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Certification Commission for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis.

Professor Rose Gana Fomban Leke

Professor Leke is also the Chair of the African Regional Certification Commission for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis.

Professor Mahmudur Rahman

Professor Rahman is also a member of the South East Asian Regional Certification Commission for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis.

Dr Anton M. van Loon

Dr van Loon is also a member of the European Regional Certification Commission for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis.


The interests summarized above do not give rise to a conflict of interest such that the expert concerned should be partially or totally excluded from participation in the Emergency Committee. However, following WHO's policy, they are disclosed within the Committee so that other members were aware of them. All other Members of the Emergency Committee declared no relevant interests.

Many of the Emergency Committee Members have extensive governmental experience and expertise – and consulting with WHO – in the areas that are the subject of the Emergency Committee proceedings, which were considered very relevant and important for the challenging tasks faced by the Committee.

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