September 21,2016

New Director of Children Without Worms, Dr. Rubina Imtiaz

PRESS RELEASE

New Director of Children Without Worms, Dr. Rubina Imtiaz

ATLANTA, GA

September 21, 2016

 

Children Without Worms (CWW), a program of the Task Force for Global Health, is pleased to share that Dr. Rubina Imtiaz has been selected as our new program director. In November 2016, Dr. Imtiaz will take over from Dr. David Addiss who has served as the Director since 2011.

An internist by training, Dr. Imtiaz entered public health in 1984 when she joined the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). For over 30 years, she has worked on public health programs at state, national, and global levels and with bilateral and multi-lateral partners in the public and private sectors. Her international work includes successful engagements and partnerships with ministries of health in over 60 countries in Asia, Americas, the Middle-East and Africa.

Dr. Imtiaz was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She moved to the United States in 1980 after obtaining her MBBS, and she completed an Internal Medicine specialization in New Jersey, USA. She was the first Pakistani inducted into the EIS Fellowship and subsequently served as a Senior Public Health Physician in the New Jersey State Health Department where she developed their initial policies on HIV/AIDS. In 1986, she became the first Medical Epidemiologist for The Carter Center. At The Carter Center, she helped develop strategies, surveillance guidelines, and operational plans for Guinea worm eradication, and successfully implemented those in Pakistan, Ghana, and Nigeria (1986 – 92). She later directed the Expanded Program for Immunization for UNICEF in Nepal (1992 – 96), was a Sr. Health & Nutrition Consultant to the Agha Khan Foundation in Tajikistan (1995), and was a Sr. Medical Officer at the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (1996 – 2001).

From 2001 – 2007, Dr. Imtiaz was a Branch Chief in the CDC’s Global Health Office overseeing Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programs (FELTPs) in 26 countries. She was instrumental in starting new FELTPs in Pakistan and India. Later, she was appointed the CDC Director to India (2007 – 2009). On returning to Atlanta, she headed the Task Force on H1N1 and served as the Associate Chief for Systems Strengthening and Program Integration at the International Laboratory Branch of CDC (2010 – 2014). She most recently served as the Associate Director for West Africa for the Division of Global HIV/AIDS & TB overseeing seven CDC/PEPFAR-funded countries, which collectively received over $600 million in funding and had approximately 200 staff members.

Dr. Imtiaz has taught at Emory University School of Public Health, the National Institute for Epidemiology - Chennai, the Public Health Foundation of India, and the Institute for Public Health - Pakistan. She is a peer reviewer for several international conferences and public health journals. She has several publications, including book chapters, most of which focus on public health systems, workforce development, and disease surveillance.

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