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Carlos Franco, an infectious diseases specialist at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, has been invited to participate in the Second World Health Organization Global Consultation to increase influenza vaccine worldwide (seasonal and pandemic influenza vaccines).
Participants at this meeting, which is being held this week in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Headquarters of the WHO, include representatives of all United Nations Member States, researchers, clinicians, and pharmaceutical companies.
Franco’s participation in this global consultation will consist in interventions in the area of policy and programs of influenza vaccines and to present the preliminary findings of an ongoing systematic review to identify social determinants and influenza vaccination worldwide. Franco is considered an expert in the area of health policy and program implementation of seasonal influenza vaccines, and deployment of pandemic influenza vaccines to resource-limited settings.
Franco, who joined Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital this year, has actively participated since 2006 with the Immunizations Group at the World Health Organization (WHO). In particular, his participation has been in the area of influenza vaccine.
He has been a consultant since the first WHO Global Consultation in 2006 for the Development of a Global Action Plan to Increase Supply of Influenza Vaccines. In addition, he participated as a member of the team that designed and tested the WHO pandemic influenza vaccine deployment guidelines. Exercises were conducted in Egypt during 2008-2009.
Subsequently, in November and December 2009, he coordinated the WHO Regional Workshop of 53 African countries in Nigeria to review and evaluate pandemic influenza vaccine deployment plans.
During the H1N1 influenza pandemic, Franco acted as a short-term consultant, serving as an immunization technical officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva January through March 2010 in collaboration with USAID. This project evaluated the implementation of deployment and vaccination with influenza A H1N1 pandemic vaccine among countries receiving donation from the WHO Headquarters initiative.