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Guillermo Mesa Ridel

Dr. Guillermo Mesa Ridel

Dr. Mesa Ridel received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Havana and a Specialist of 1st and 2nd degree in Epidemiology from the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology (INHEM).  He also received a Master in Philosophy of the University of Liverpool, England. He is currently the Head of the academic Department of Special Situations in Public Health at the Escuela Nacional de Salud Publica (National School of Public Health – ENSAP) in Havana, Cuba.  He is also the Coordinator of the Mastery course “Health and Disasters” and the Coordinator of 5 editions of the international course Humanitarian Emergency in Large Populations (HELP).  Dr. Mesa Ridel led the design and implementation of the integral strategy for disaster risk reduction approach in the health sector in Cuba and was the Director of the Latin American Center of Disaster Medicine (CLAMED).  He founded the National System of Surveillance in Public Health and of the Units of Analysis and Tendencies in Health (UATS) for the National System of Health in Cuba.  Dr. Mesa Ridel taught disaster courses for public health students from Universities of Harvard, San Francisco, Arizona, Illinois and Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC) in Havana, Cuba.  As a postgraduate professor, he taught epidemiology at Universities in Cuba and Tabasco and Chiapas in Mexico and disaster prevention and mitigation in Chile.

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