Manuel Carballo (epidemiologist)

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Manuel Carballo is an epidemiologist and is currently Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration and Health and Professor of Clinical Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, in New York.[1]


Carballo previously worked with the World Health Organization in a number of countries. In the 1980’s he was responsible for leading WHO’s international collaborative study on breast feeding and the impact of breast-milk substitutes on infant and maternal health; he then organised the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes which today guides the infant food industry’s role in this domain of health. In 1986 he was one of the three-person team chosen to set up the WHO Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) and remained with GPA until 1992 as Chief of Behavioural Research. At WHO and GPA he was also responsible for helping 18 countries in Africa to set up their National AIDS Committees and develop their national plans. In 1993 he went to Bosnia as the WHO Public Health Advisor and remained based in Sarajevo, responsible for the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, until the end of the war in 1995. On his return from Bosnia he joined the International Centre for Migration and Health (ICMH), a Swiss based research and training organisation, and worked again in Bosnia. He later went to Albania and Macedonia for the United Nations to assess the health situation of the refugees fleeing Kosovo. In 2001 he became Executive Director of ICMH. In 2002 and 2003 he headed two health evaluation missions for the United Nations in the occupied Palestinian territories, and later in 2003 he went to Iraq to do the same. In 2004 he headed the UNFPA tsunami relief and reconstruction mission to the Maldives and Sri Lanka. In 2005 and 2006 he was based for periods in Iran and Afghanistan developing emergency preparedness plans for those countries.



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