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Ms Philomena Raftery

BSc MSc

Research Degree Student

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am an experienced public health professional and Doctoral candidate with specialist training in infectious disease Microbiology and Laboratory Science. I have eighteen years of work experience at both national and international levels, having worked in clinical and public health laboratories before broadening my experience to Global health and outbreak preparedness and response. During my career, I have occupied roles which demonstrate a diverse range of skills and competencies with increasing levels of leadership and responsibility. In my current role as WHO Technical Officer in the WHO Health Emergencies programme in Cambodia, I play a leading role in the National laboratory response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have experience in both emergency and development contexts in Africa and Asia giving me a broad perspective of the different programme models and approaches used in different contexts. I have experience leading policy development and providing technical support to LMIC's particularly on outbreak preparedness and response. An integral part of my roles with WHO have been to foster strategic partnerships and promote coordination and collaboration among international stakeholders. 

 

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Department of Global Health and Development

Centres

Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Research

Through my Doctoral research I have developed both quantitative and qualitative research skills. I have coordinated a range of operational research projects and my scientific writing skills are evidenced by my peer-reviewed publications. 

Research Area
Conflict
Diagnostics
Health policy
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Disease control
Global Health
Outbreaks
Violence
Discipline
Molecular epidemiology
Microbiology
Molecular biology
Operational research
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Sexually transmitted disease
Emerging Infectious Disease
Tropical diseases
Zoonotic disease
Coronavirus
Ebola
Country
Ireland
Cambodia
Lebanon
Liberia
Sierra Leone
Region
Arab World
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
European Union
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

A challenging response to a Lassa fever outbreak in a non endemic area of Sierra Leone in 2019 with export of cases to The Netherlands.
Njuguna C; Vandi M; Liyosi E; Githuku J; Wurie A; Njeru I; Raftery P; Amuzu C; Maruta A; Musoke R
2022
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Genetic and Antigenic Characterization of an Influenza A(H3N2) Outbreak in Cambodia and the Greater Mekong Subregion during the COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020
Siegers JY; Dhanasekaran V; Xie R; Deng Y-M; Patel S; Ieng V; Moselen J; Peck H; Aziz A; Sarr B
2021
Journal of virology
European Union training programme for tuberculosis laboratory experts: design, contribution and future direction.
Raftery P; Ködmön C; van der Werf MJ; Nikolayevskyy V
2020
BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
An influenza A (H3N2) virus outbreak in the Kingdom of Cambodia during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
Sovann LY; Sar B; Kab V; Yann S; Kinzer M; Raftery P; Albalak R; Patel S; Hay PL; Seng H
2020
Int J Infect Dis
Enhancing laboratory capacity during Ebola virus disease (EVD) heightened surveillance in Liberia: lessons learned and recommendations.
Katawera V; Kohar H; Mahmoud N; Raftery P; Wasunna C; Humrighouse B; Hardy P; Saindon J; Schoepp R; Makvandi M
2019
The Pan African medical journal
Persistence of Ebola virus after the end of widespread transmission in Liberia: an outbreak report
Dokubo EK; Wendland A; Mate SE; Ladner JT; Hamblion EL; Raftery P; Blackley DJ; Laney AS; Mahmoud N; Wayne-Davies G
2018
The Lancet Infectious Diseases
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