Medicine and Health

Utilising public health skills in a humanitarian emergency

Information for Action. Utilising basic public health skills in a humanitarian emergency – a perspective from the Typhoon Haiyan response in the Philippines, 2014

Dr Aileen Kitching is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine, HSE South, Department of Public Health. After a background in clinical medicine, which included hospital medicine & general practice in Ireland, Scotland and Australia, Aileen worked with Médecins sans Frontières in post-war Liberia, before moving fully into public health. From 2007-2009, she completed a 2-year European fellowship in field epidemiology in London (EPIET), and from 2009-2015 completed her specialisation in public health medicine, with a main interest in and experience of communicable disease control (surveillance and outbreak response), at local, regional and national level in the UK, as well as internationally. This included: 3 months in the Outbreak Response Unit at the National Institute of Communicable Disease in South Africa in 2012, 3 months as Health Cluster Coordinator with the World Health Organization in the Philippines supporting the response to Typhoon Haiyan in 2014, and 3 months as part of the Ebola Response Team with the WHO in Sierra Leone in 2015. She currently works as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in the HSE-South Department of Public Health, where her portfolio of work includes HIV & STIs, and health inequalities/ social inclusion. Outside of her HSE role, she is currently President of the Board of the EPIET Alumni Network, and a Trustee on the Board of the Traveller Movement in Britain.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Time: 1:15 - 2:00pm
Location: Room 405, 4th Floor Western Gateway Building
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Fiona Riordan
021 420 5532

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