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Dr. Masoud Dara is a Senior Advisor of the World Health Organization Office at the European Union.
Dr. Masoud Dara is a physician and public health expert from Belgium. In addition to his medical degree, he has accomplished several courses and postgraduate studies including courses at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Dara’s professional career began as a clinician responsible for diagnosis and treating tuberculosis patients and implementing DOTS in rural and urban areas of Iran. Since 1998, Dr. Dara has been working with multiple national and international organizations implementing TB control programmes, public health interventions and emergency response. He has worked as the Médecins Sans Frontières programme manager and medical coordinator of several TB control projects in Central Asia from 1998 to 2001. From 2001-2003 Dr. Dara worked as a WHO Medical Officer in the Russian Federation providing technical assistance to national health authorities and TB control services across the country. From 2003-2010, Dr. Dara worked as a senior consultant of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in different countries mainly in the fields of MDR-TB, TB/HIV and TB-IC. Since 2008 Dr. Dara has been appointed as the Chair of scientific working group of TB control in prisons of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. From 2004 to 2010, he has provided technical assistance to different countries as a GLC consultant and MDR-TB and TB-IC trainer. Since 2010, Dr. Dara has joined WHO providing technical assistance to the Member States in prevention and control of drug resistant TB. Since 2012, he is based at WHO Office at European Union in Brussels and currently functions as a Senior Advisor for communicable diseases and emergency response including Ebola. Dr. Dara speaks English, French, Russian, Persian and Dutch.
Dr. Poonam Dhavan is the Migration Health Programme Coordinator for the IOM Migration Health Division at HQ, Geneva. Dr. Dhavan is the thematic lead and resource person for Health Promotion and Assistance to Migrants. In this position, she is responsible for providing technical advice on migration health matters; plan, oversee and evaluate migration health programme activities including migration and health programmes on HIV, TB, Malaria, non-communicable diseases, sexual and reproductive health; perform liaison and advocacy functions and integrate migration health into other migration management areas such as labour migration, counter-trafficking, at IOM. Prior to this position, Dr. Dhavan was the Senior Public Health and Research Specialist at the Global Migration Health Support Unit of IOM in Manila. Dr. Dhavan is trained as a medical doctor, epidemiologist and (global) public health specialist, in India and the United States of America, with over fourteen years’ medical and public health work experience. Before joining IOM, she has worked at the World Health Organization, the University of Texas Health Science Centre and the Public Health Foundation of India.
International Organization for Migration - IOM
Dr. Paul Douglas joined the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in December 2006 as the Chief Medical Officer later becoming the Assistant Secretary for the Health Policy and Performance Branch. In this role, he is responsible for the provision of expert health and clinical advice on migration health including public health policy issues more broadly to the department and other Agencies. He has a strong focus on tuberculosis particularly in managing the TB burden in migrants. He has co-authored a number of academic papers on clinical governance, patient safety, migration health and Tuberculosis. He is currently a member of the NSW State Committee and the Board of Censors for the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators and a member of the National TB Advisory Committee in Australia and periodically a technical advisor to the World Health Organization on migration health. He was the Director for Patient Safety and developed the course for the NSW Health Clinical Safety Programme from 2001-2004 providing training sessions to over 1000 clinicians internationally. He has been a clinical tutor for the University of Sydney and lecturer for University of New South Wales University for community and public health for medical students. He remains an adjunct lecturer to UNSW Medical School.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Deliana Garcia, MA, is the Director of International Projects, Research, and Development at Migrant Clinicians Network.
She has dedicated more than 30 years to meeting the health care needs of agricultural workers and other underserved mobile populations. An expert in migration health and the provision of culturally competent care, Ms. Garcia writes, presents and teaches on health needs and the disparities in the provision of health care services for rural and underserved communities. She has expertise in the areas of reproductive health, access to primary care, chronic care management and infectious disease control and prevention.
Ms. Garcia develops and has led more than 1000 hours of clinician and community health worker training on infectious and chronic diseases and programs to assist migrants to remain in clinical care as they move for purposes of employment. She is responsible for the development and coordination of MCN’s Health Network, a system to provide continuity of care and health records transfer across international borders for migrants diagnosed with infectious and chronic diseases. Ms. Garcia serves as a liaison between the governmental and nongovernmental health organizations of the United States and other countries. She provides staff support to the MCN Institutional Review Board and serves as a subject area expert in migration health.
She serves on the Tuberculosis and Migration Working Group of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and chairs the Vulnerable Workers Working Group, NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector Council of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Migrant Clinicians Network