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WMO International Symposium on Public Weather Services (PWS): a Key to Service Delivery, Geneva, Switzerland (3-5 December 2007)


Paper Title:  (tentative) Towards climate informed malaria risk management in Ethiopia

Names: Stephen J. Connor

Institution: International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), The Earth Institute at Columbia University, New York

Title: Dr.

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Stephen Connor joined the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, New York in May 2002. During the previous 12 years he was based at the Liverpool School of Medicine and worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa for the UK Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Malaria Knowledge Programmes. He has a background in Development Studies/Natural Resource Economics and has specialized in the geography of infectious disease. He has a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine at Liverpool University. Stephen has worked closely with the World Health Organization in Geneva and WHO-AFRO's Inter-Country Programmes on Malaria Control, providing technical support to Ministries of Health. He has been a frequent advisor to WHO's Roll Back Malaria Technical Resource Network on Epidemic Prevention and Control and is a member of the WMO Task Force on Socio-Economic Applications of Weather, Climate and Water Services. He is the Director of the PanAmerica Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Early Warning Systems for Malaria and other Climate Sensitive Diseases.

Research Interests

The interaction of climate, environment, economy and social vulnerability in determining the patterns and persistence of infectious disease in the developing world, and how research knowledge may be used to improve public health and sustainable livelihoods in the communities affected.

Role at the IRI

Stephen directs research activities which integrate the use of environmental remote sensing products into various IRI regional projects and monitoring activities. He directs the activities of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Climate Sensitive Diseases. He is a member of the Management Committee for the IRI’s Africa Regional Program, and serves as a committee member on the Asia-Pacific Regional Program, the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Program, and the Policy on Resources Working Group.




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