Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Jamaican doctor Peter Figueroa recognised as health leader by WHO

Dr Peter Figueroa (centre) with his plaque.

Dr Peter Figueroa (centre) with his plaque.

Jamaican doctor and professor, Peter Figueroa has been recognised as a health leader by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Figueroa was honoured for his sterling contribution to public health in Jamaica, the Caribbean, the Americas and the world, over the past four decades.

Dr Figueroa, a Professor of Public Health, Epidemiology and HIV-AIDS at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, received a plaque from the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday.

“This recognition means a lot to me. It is a true honour. I’ve been working in public health for 40 years and believe that I am an example, like many other health workers, of someone who commits their life to trying to help others,” he said.

Figueroa has worked in Jamaica’s Public Health system since the 1970s, and has contributed to the development of Primary Health Care in the country. He earned a PhD in 1996 at the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London and has since written or co-authored more than 150 published papers and co-edited three books on a range of public health topics.

He was also a founding member of the Caribbean Public Health Association and the Caribbean College of Family Practitioners. In 1986 he earned a United Nations Peace Medal for his service as Vice-chair of the National Committee for the commemoration of the International Year of Peace.

He has been a central figure in HIV treatment in Jamaica and led the development of a national surveillance system, and established the Epidemiology Research and Training Unit.

Figueroa currently serves as the chair of the Caribbean Immunization Technical Advisory Group, which advises Caribbean Ministers of Health, and is the chair of the Caribbean Certification Committee for Eradication of Poliovirus.

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