Dr Manuel Carballo awarded Honorary Degree in winter graduations

26 November 2014

Dr Carballo receives his Honorary Degree

Dr Carballo receives his Honorary Degree

Over 1000 students from the University’s School of Health and Life Sciences and Glasgow School for Business and Society are today (Wednesday, November 26) celebrating their graduations.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE is conferring the degrees during two ceremonies, held in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Manuel Carballo, an epidemiologist and Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD) in Geneva, was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to academic research, public health and international development throughout the world.

Dr Carballo told today’s graduates not to take their university education for granted. He said: “More than anything, you have been challenged to internalise and to apply a body of knowledge, and an information set, that is greater than anything of my generation.

“You are part of an elite and privileged group. This small and privileged group shares a common challenge, and that is to try to translate what we have learned into actions designed to improve the society we live in.”

Dr 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.