The WHO Proposals for Pandemic Preparedness and Response | Dr David Bell

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Dr David Bell presents on the proposed new World Health Organization emergency powers and looks at what they mean and what they don't mean.

Dr Bell is a clinical and public health physician, with a PhD in malaria epidemiology and modelling of interventions. He has held advisory and reviewer posts for the WHO, The Global Fund, the Wellcome Trust, and the European Commission, amongst others. His research and operational experience includes the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia, and East and Southern Africa.

David has worked as Director of the Global Health Technologies Portfolio at Intellectual Ventures Global Good Fund; and as a Programme Head for Malaria and Acute Febrile Disease at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in Geneva; and also as a coordinator introducing malarial diagnostics and scale-up with the WHO.

David has over 90 peer-reviewed publications and is an internationally requested reviewer and speaker. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians (UK) as well as a member of PANDA's executive committee.

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