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URC Chief of Party Dr. Aziz Abdallah Selected as International Ambassador
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) recently selected Dr. Aziz O. Abdallah, Chief of Party (COP) for the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) in Namibia, as a 2012 International Ambassador. SHEA aims to prevent and control health care-associated infections and advance the field of health care epidemiology.
The International Ambassador Program is co-sponsored by SHEA and 3M, a global innovation company that supplies health care professionals with products to improve the quality of care. The program is dedicated to building collaborative relationships between U.S. and international health care professionals with expertise in health care epidemiology and infection prevention. In recognition of Dr. Abdallah’s commitment to these expertise areas, the program will pay for his membership in the society this year and two trips to the U.S. to attend society events.
As COP of HCI Namibia, Dr. Abdallah is leading work to reduce the medical transmission of HIV and other blood-borne pathogens during both injections and waste disposal. The work seeks to improve health care provider knowledge of HIV/AIDS, infection control, and occupational safety while reducing stigma in health care settings and supporting the reporting of needle stick injuries.
Before joining URC, Dr. Abdallah worked as a Medical Officer for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and was the Director of HIV Care Services at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine HIV/AIDS program in Kenya. He also served as Director of Implementation and Site Support at the International Center for AIDS Care & Treatment Programs at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in Tanzania. In that role, he managed four regional field teams supporting 150 health facilities and 23,000 patients on antiretroviral therapy. His Tanzania work is reported in a BioMed Central Pediatrics article.
Dr. Abdallah’s technical expertise includes monitoring and evaluation; palliative and clinical care; HIV counseling and testing; TB-HIV prevention, care, and treatment; and program management, design, and implementation. He holds an M.D. from the University of Istanbul, an M.S. in International Health Policy & Management from Brandeis University, and a diploma in HIV Management from the Colleges of Medicines of South Africa. He is acquiring his MSc. in Epidemiology from the University of London. His professional affiliations include the International Society of Infectious Disease, the International Federation of Infection Control, South African HIV Clinician Society, and the Infection Control Africa Network.
January 30, 2012