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Event Details

Event Date

27 June 2020 12:15pm - 1:45pm


United Kingdom

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Meeting ID: 861 6242 7225


We are delighted and honoured to announce that Professor Gilbert Burnham from the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore has agreed to address the local UN Association.   Professor Burnham is the first guest speaker to address the local UN Association from overseas.


Professor Burnham is professor of international health and he holds an MD from Loma Linda University (California), an MSc and PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


For 15 years Professor Burnham had managed hospital and community health services in rural Malawi. During that time, he worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in research and subsequently treatment of River Blindness (onchocerciasis) in Malawi. After joining the faculty of Johns Hopkins, he established the Center for Humanitarian Health.


He has extensive experience in emergency preparedness and response, particularly in humanitarian needs assessment, program planning, and evaluation that address the needs of vulnerable populations, and the development and implementation of training programs. He also has extensive experience in the development and evaluation of community-based health program planning and implementation, health information system development, management and analysis, and health system analysis. He has worked with numerous humanitarian and health development programs.


Professor Burnham has worked with many agencies including the WHO with natural disasters and conflicts. This includes 18 years of program and research work in Afghanistan, 14 years in Iraq, and work with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Many of his former students are in WHO leadership positions. He is an author of some 180 scientific papers. 

Professor Burnham remarks in one of his emails to me:

"It was many years ago I cycled through Warwick, and remember the castle well (I did 2 degrees at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) ". 


We look forward to many of you login-in to the virtual meeting via Zoom platform. 

Ploughman`s Lunch/Tea/Coffee or brunch - Please have it beside you in the comfort of your home until we meet again!!! 



Gian Clare