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The WHO Occupational Health Team would like to welcome three new Regional Advisers for Occupational Health
Dr Magaran Monzon BAGAYOKO
Health and Environment Information System (HES)
Coordinator of African Network on Vector Resistance (ANVR)
Cluster of Health Promotion (HPR)
WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo Republic
Age: 47; Nationality: Malian; Language : Bambara (mother tongue), fluent in French and English, basic in Italian. Public Health scientist with a PhD in medical entomology - Parasitology and extensive post doctoral trainings in epidemiology, Decision Support System (DSS) including data management an information delivery to the communities, the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technologies for disease risk modeling and mapping. Over 15 years experience in project development, management, coordination wit a particular emphasis on collaborative research and networking.
Working experience: From 2009 to date: Scientist in charge of Integrated Health and Environment Information System (HES) in the Regional Programme for Protection of the Human Environment (PHE). Duties and responsibilities entail articulating health and environment linkages within national health systems in the context of the Libreville Declaration on Health and Environment in Africa. Facilitating, as the focal person for Environmental and Occupational health, technical support to countries for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of primary prevention interventions, particularly those related to safety of drinking water and sanitation facilities, environmental health of children and women, and health in the workplace .
From 2001 – 2009: Served in WHO/AFRO as the WHO inter-country entomologist for Central Africa since 2001 and Coordinator of the African Network on Vector Resistance (ANVR) since 2006 up to date. Assumed duties and responsibilities entailed providing technical support to the 11 countries of the epidemiological block of Central Africa in planning, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of vector control activities with particular emphasis on malaria.
From 1999 -2001: Scientist at the University of Greenwich (UK) in Environmental Science department. This assignment intended to improve the practical use of research outputs to actual decision - making with the ultimate goal of developing a cost effective, efficient and sustainable Integrated Environmental Information System (Environmental data management and information delivery to the people).
From 1988 to 2001: Served as a research scientist in the University of Mali and extensively contributed to research project development and implementation on various aspects of communicable disease epidemiology. During the same period (1996 to 1999), assumed the responsibility of the coordination of the MARA initiative (Mapping Malaria Risk in Africa) in Francophone and lusophone countries in West Africa.
Dr Julietta RODRIGUEZ-GUZMAN
Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) (www.paho.org/ ),
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Washington DC, USA
Coming from Colombia, she received an MD degree from Pontific Xaveriana University, a Specialty Degree in Occupational Health from El Bosque University and a MSc Applied degree in Occupational Health Sciences at McGill University in Canada. Holding several Diplomas in Social Security, Occupational Epidemiology, Distance Education and, Labor Medicine and Rehabilitation, she was awarded with a research policy fellow at the McGill University Institute of Health and Social Policy. During the past 24 years her work she focused on formulating and assessing occupational health and worker’s compensation systems, policies and programs; supporting the development of worker’s health promotion; and studying different working conditions in Colombia and other Latin American countries (heavy metals, violence at work, occupational cancer, respiratory diseases, ethics in OH practice, rural workers and gender mainstreaming). She also continued her academic appointment at El Bosque University becoming Associate Professor in Occupational Health.
Her work-life interests aim to helping understand and guide social policies, processes and institutions to improve working and living conditions for working people, with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations, mainly in Colombia and Latin America. Her long lasting contributions to the Workers’ Health Program at PAHO, WHO, ILO, OAS, NSC, IADB, WB and other international organizations, granted her the credentials and the experience to be appointed as Regional Advisor in Workers’ Health for the Americas. She is committed to continue her efforts to focusing on the improvement of working and living conditions that can lead to protecting health and life of millions of workers that live in the region.