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Professor Pedro Alonso will give the fundraising conference “Grandes retos de la salud gobal”

Dr Pedro Alonso is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the UB and expert on diseases affecting poor countries.

Dr Pedro Alonso is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the UB and expert on diseases affecting poor countries.

11/05/2018

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The Paranimph of the University of Barcelona (UB) will hold, on May 14, the conference “Grandes retos de salud global”, given by the professor from the Department of Medicine of the UB and director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, Pedro Alonso. The activity will close with a colloquium -to be chaired by Dr Antoni Trilla, academic vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB and head of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine and of Hospital Clínic.

The conference, organized by Pro Ayuda Necesitados (PRONEC) takes the shape of a fundraising activity, and the cost of the tickets (€ 25) will go to the project “Fonts d’oportunitats” d’oportunitats”, from Formació i Treball Foundation, whose aim is to find jobs for people with disabilities so as to enter the labour market.

Dr Pedro Alonso is an epidemiologist, expert on community medicine and public health, and holds a doctorate in Medicine from the University of Barcelona. Alonso expertized on diseases which affect the poorest populations. He started his specialty in the eighties in Gambia, where he assessed the efficiency of mosquito nets with insecticide as a preventive tool for malaria. He continued his research in Africa, in particular in Tanzania and Mozambique, contributing to the clinical development and the evaluation of the impact of a vaccine for malaria.

Founder of the Barcelona Centre for International Health Research (CRESIB) and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), he wants to break the poverty-disease circle, focusing on the contribution to the development of research in Africa.

In October 2014, he was appointed Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, in charge of coordinating efforts of this organism to control and stop malaria and set guidelines and support policies for those countries that are affected by malaria.

 

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