Dr Manuel Carballo



Dr Manuel Carballo is the Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD) in Geneva, Switzerland. ICMHD is a research, training and policy organisation that has been designated as a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre. Prior to joining ICMHD, Dr Carballo worked with WHO as senior scientist (epidemiologist) in a number of countries.

He also spearheaded the first international study on breastfeeding and child and maternal health, then led the development and adoption of the WHO-UNICEF International Code on Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes that today guides how, and under what conditions, breastmilk substitutes can be marketed and to whom.

In 1986, he was appointed to a three-person team asked to establish the WHO global programme on AIDS and, as part of that, he helped to set up National AIDS Committees in 11 African countries. He also became director of the GPA Behavioural Research Program that pioneered the use of behavioural surveillance as a health-planning tool that is widely used on HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

In 1993, he volunteered to go to Sarajevo as WHO Public Health Advisor for Bosnia and Herzegovina and remained an advisor to the Ministry of Health after the war there. He was then appointed Professor of Clinical Public Health at Columbia University in the United States and also joined ICMHD. Since 1955, he has led a number of United Nations health assessment and humanitarian missions to Kosovo, the Palestinian territories, Iraq and Afghanistan, and, in 2004, was part of the UN team responsible for post-tsunami recovery and reconstruction in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Dr Carballo is a native of Gibraltar and trained in the UK and the USA.

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