At the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020 there was an outbreak of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan caused by a new virus. This signalled the start of the deadliest and most severe infectious disease crisis in living memory. Nothing has been the same since. I spent a month working on the COVID-19 response with the risk communication team in WHO headquarters in Geneva in February 2020. Since March 2020, though, I have been working with WHO teams at country-level: first in Lao PDR and then in the Philippines. I have not had much time to write a blog but I am posting some stories from the field on my social media channels on Facebook and LinkedIn. Please feel free to comment on or share my posts.
A proposal for increasing EU cooperation on vaccination, published by the European Commission on 26 April, contains some surprisingly ambitious ideas. The stated aim of proposal is to foster a levelling upwards of vaccination coverage so that, in the words of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, “no child anywhere in the EU dies of a vaccine preventable disease”.
Read my blog on this for Cambre Associates
Meet me at the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference in Orlando 12-16 March 2018
I am on a panel on the first day of the conference (12 March) on “Research Boundary Spanning: Understanding Crisis Communication Collaborations across Government, Academic, Non-profit, and International Organizations” (Breakout session 1 at 10:15-11:30am) My co-presenters are: Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers, PhD (RAND Corporation), Laura E. Pechta, PhD (CDC) and Brooke Liu, PhD (START University of Maryland).
Link to conference agenda: http://sciences.ucf.edu/communication/icrc/conference-agenda-2018/