INTERNATIONAL FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES
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- List of the WHO experts for IHR as a specialist of Infection Prevention Control
- French Society for Hospital Hygiene (SF2H)
- GEF/UNDP working group for the best practices in health care waste management
- Editing Committee of the French newspaper “Hygiene’S”
- WAAAR (world alliance against antimicrobial resistance)
- Many technical working groups set up by WHO
- Trained in WISN by WHO, and chaired the expert team for doctors’ category and was involved in setting activity standards (2015).
- Co-Supervisor for WISN Main Study Data Collection at Harare Central Hospital, Zimbabwe (2017)
- Member of the WISN Technical Taskforce team involved in data analysis and report writing (2017)
- Attended HIV Management course for doctors in Africa IDI Uganda (2005)
- Board Member of Zisco-steel Medical Aid Society 1996-2000
- Board Member for Zimbabwe Association of Church related Hospital 2002-2005
- Current Board Member of the Advisory Board for Public Health to the Minister of Health and Child Care , Zimbabwe since 2009
- Chairman of National Cancer Forum since 2016
- President of the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Programme Alumni Association since 2016
- Member of the College of Public Health Physicians Zimbabwe
- Vice President of the Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe
- Member of Infection Control Africa Network.
Benedetta Allegranzi is a specialist in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, IPC and hospital epidemiology. She currently works at WHO Head Office, Service Delivery and Safety Department, as the coordinator and technical lead of the IPC Global Unit, including the “Clean Care is Safer Care” programme. Dr Allegranzi was awarded the title of Professor of Infectious Diseases in the official Italian professorship list and is Adjunct Professor attached to the Institute of Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland. She closely collaborates with the team at the IPC and WHO Collaborating Center on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland, as well as with the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, for clinical research projects. Dr Allegranzi is currently involved in the leadership on the WHO Ebola Response in the field of IPC and supervises IPC activities in Sierra Leone and Guinea. She has experience in clinical management of infectious diseases and tropical medicine, as well as in clinical research in healthcare settings in both developing and developed countries. Known for her thorough skills and experience in training and education, she is the author or co-author of more than 150 scientific publications, including articles published in high-profile medical journals such as Lancet, Lancet Infectious Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine, the WHO Bulletin and six book chapters.
Amy Kolwaite is a nurse epidemiologist and a team lead in the International Infection Control Program, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia. Ms Kolwaite is part of a team that provides assistance to countries in the development and implementation of sustainable solutions to prevent and control healthcare associated infections internationally. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, Master of Science, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, followed by a Master of Public Health at University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Thereafter she practiced as a Peadiatric Nurse Practitioner at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, where she specialized in Pediatric Critical Care and Emergency Medicine. She began her career at the CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Field Assignments Branch, where she was assigned to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Frankfort, Kentucky. She worked on monitoring and responding to communicable disease outbreaks and supported public health preparedness activities. From 2012–2013, she completed the CDC Preventive Medicine Fellowship on the global team in the Division of Viral Hepatitis, where she provided technical support to countries implementing viral hepatitis surveillance and prevention programs. Ms Kolwaite joined the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s international program in April, 2016. As a team lead, she supports countries to enhance infection control programs, implement surveillance for healthcare associated infections, build laboratory capacity to detect antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and optimize antimicrobial use through stewardship programs.
Professor Didier Pittet is Lead Adviser, Clean Care is Safer Care (CCiSC) and African Partnerships for Patient Safety, WHO Patient Safety, WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.
Benjamin Park, is the Chief of the International Infection Control Program in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. Dr Park leads a team that provides assistance to countries in the development and implementation of sustainable solutions to prevent and control healthcare associated infections internationally. He received his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire and his MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, before completing his clinical residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He began his career at the CDC in 2002 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Mycotic Diseases Branch, where he worked on monitoring and responding to fungal diseases domestically and globally, including serving as one of the leads in the large multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak related to a contaminated compounded medication in 2012. He was awarded the 2013 CDC Shepherd award for outstanding scientific publication and was a finalist for the 2013 Samuel Heyman Service to America Award. In 2014 he began leading the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion’s international program. During the 2014-15 CDC Ebola response he coordinated CDC infection control efforts across the affected countries.