Migration in Europe the focus of a masterclass

Dr Manuel Carballo

Dr Manuel Carballo

The refugee crisis in Europe which continues to dominate the news will be the focus of a masterclass at GCU London next month by leading epidemiologist and GCU honorary graduate Dr Manuel Carballo.

Dr Carballo will present ‘Mass migration: challenge or opportunity for Europe?’ at the London campus.

The masterclass will look at the way in which the European Union is dealing with the recent mass arrival of refugees and migrants into Europe, and examine how responses to the issue could impact on international development and global health. One of the aims of the presentation will be to highlight health policy and human resource gaps in Europe’s health sector, and the steps needed to be taken to ensure that countries are better prepared to deal with what is likely to be a long-term phenomenon.

Currently Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD) in Geneva, Switzerland, Dr Carballo has worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a senior scientist in a number of countries.

A specialist on health issues of migrants, he has led health assessment missions for Kosovar refugees fleeing to Albania and Macedonia, and in Iraq and occupied Palestinian territories. He has headed up tsunami relief action in the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and developed national health emergency preparedness plans for Iran and Afghanistan.

Dr Carballo developed and directed the landmark International Study of Breastfeeding and Infant Health, and coordinated the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which today still guides the infant food industry work in this area. In 1986, he was part of a three-person team asked to establish the WHO Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) and, as part of that, helped set up National AIDS Committees in 11 African countries.

He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University in 2014, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to academic research, public health and international development throughout the world.

The masterclass will take place at GCU London on Thursday, 3 December.

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