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March 9, 2015

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International Infection Experts Selected to Support Global Efforts to Reduce Healthcare Associated Infections

SHEA Announces 2015 Delegation of International Ambassadors to Spur Global Collaboration

ARLINGTON, VA (March 9, 2015) –The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has announced the 2015 delegation of its International Ambassadors Program, a community of emerging leaders in epidemiology, infection control and prevention from around the globe. Since 2009, SHEA has sponsored more than 78 healthcare professionals from 34 countries to foster international infection prevention and control efforts through education and collaboration. 

“Antibiotic-resistant microbes and diseases are global issues.  Encouraging dialogue on best practices in infection control and prevention on an international scope is critical,” said Michael Klompas, MD, chair of SHEA's External Affairs Committee and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital. “Programs like SHEA's International Ambassadors help facilitate getting the best and the brightest in infection control and prevention to collaborate on tackling the issues that face each country at a micro level.”

Since the program's launch, its focus has been on building collaborative relationships between U.S. and international healthcare professionals with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention.  Each year, SHEA selects delegates from around the world to participate.

“As we saw with the Ebola outbreak, infection control and prevention has global implications,” said Anthony Harris, MD, MPH president of SHEA. “There is a critical need in our interconnected world to provide a forum to share expertise that strengthens global infection prevention efforts worldwide.”

Ambassadors are given a one-year membership in the Society to foster networking and access to Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the organization's scientific journal. Ambassadors are also given a travel award to attend one of SHEA’s two annual conferences, the SHEA Spring Meeting or IDWeek.

"3M is proud to partner with SHEA on this important program to help improve global connections in infection control," said Henry Chang, Global Vice President of Marketing in 3M's Infection Prevention Division.

The 2015 SHEA International Ambassadors include:

  • Mervat G. Elanany,  MD, Cairo University (Egypt)
  • Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, MD,  Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
  • Nicolo Andrei A. Anonuevo, MAN, RN,  Asian Hospital and Medical Center (Philippines)
  • Ibidunni O. Bode-Sojobi, MBBS, FWACP, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (Nigeria)
  • Elaine Cloutman-Green,  PhD, Great Ormond Street Hospital (United Kingdom)
  • Takanori Funaki,  MD, National Center for Child Health and Development (Japan)
  • Maojun Ge, MBBS, PhD, Shuguang Hospital Shanghai Traditional Chinese Medicine University (China)
  • Zeinab M.M. Hassan, PhD, The Hashemite University (Jordan)
  • Kayoko Hayakawa, MD, PhD, National Center for Global Health and Medicine (Japan)
  • Milagros M. Herrera, MD, MPH, Hospital Dr. Rafael Estevez  (Panama)
  • Khetam Hussein, MD,  Rambam Healthcare Campus (Israel)
  • Namita Jaggi, MD, MBBS, Artemis Hospital (India)
  • Shambhu Dutta Joshi, FAM, MD, MBBS, Far West Community Hospital (Nepal)
  • Lesley Lewis, BN, CICP, Northeast Health Wangaratta (Australia)
  • Daniel Ondari Mogeni, BA, CM, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) (Kenya)
  • Adebola T. Olayinka, MD, MPH, FMCPath, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital  (Nigeria)
  • Anup Radhakrishna Warrier, DNB, CTH, CIC, MBBS, Aster Medcity (India)
  • Bassim Zayed, MBChB, MPH, Infection Prevention & Control Department, Ministry of Health (Oman)

SHEA gratefully acknowledges a grant from 3M Corporation, which generously supports the International Ambassador Program.

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SHEA is a professional society representing more than 2,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control. SHEA's mission is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology. The society leads this field by promoting science and research and providing high-quality education and training in epidemiologic methods and prevention strategies. SHEA upholds the value and critical contributions of healthcare epidemiology to improving patient care and healthcare worker safety in all healthcare settings. Visit SHEA online at www.shea-online.org, www.facebook.com/SHEApreventingHAIs and @SHEA_Epi.

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