Diphtheria outbreaks in Yemen and in the Rohingya refugee camp: A failure of public health systems or humanitarian response?

Speaker: Ngozi Erondu
Institution: LSHTM
Date: March 27, 2018
Time: 12:45 – 1:45
Venue: LG80, Keppel Street

Abstract: Diphtheria, a disease that we have vaccinated against since the 1940s, recently ressurged in both Bangladesh and Yemen refugee camps. Ngozi will share and discuss what health system factors led to these outbreaks and what could have been done within the humanitarian response efforts to prevent them.

Biography: Ngozi Erondu specialises in disease surveillance and control of epidemic-prone disease. She recently joined the the HHCC RECAP team where her work will focus on developing and evaluating improved metrics to support humanitarian response. She has worked with WHO and governments across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia to strengthen disease surveillance systems and build technical capacity in epidemic preparedness and response. In 2016, she worked with the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as a field epidemiologist in the Guinea Ebola response.