Prof. Davide T. Mosca, MD is a medical doctor with more than thirty years’ experience in global health, humanitarian response, and emergencies. A former Director of Migration Health at the International Organization for Migration – the UN Migration Agency – Prof. Mosca earned his medical degree at the University of Milan and specialized in Emergency Surgery and ER at the University of Modena. Prof. Mosca has worked 24 years in Africa and the Middle East. From 1984 to 1994 he worked in Zaire (today DRC) for the Italian Technical Cooperation first as a surgeon, and shifting later to public health. He joined IOM in Mozambique in 1994; as part of the UN Mission (UNOMOZ) he designed health programs for the reintegration of internally displaced people, returning refugees and demobilized soldiers. In 1996, relocated to Angola where IOM was involved with the post conflict programs of the UNAVEM III Mission, assisting the return of displaced people and demobilized soldiers to their lands of origin. In the decade from 1998 to 2008 he was based in Nairobi, Kenya where he led IOM medical teams as the Regional Medical Officer for Africa and Middle East with programs in more than 35 countries. As Director of the Migration Health Department over the decade 2008-2017, Prof. Mosca managed IOM health programmes worldwide, employing more than 1,200 health and operation personnel in more than 60 countries, in the clinical provision of immigration medical examinations and public health related initiatives, in the promotion of health of migrants and displaced populations through a variety of health programmes with particular focus on communicable diseases, and in the response to disasters and emergencies including in 2014-15 the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. Prof. Mosca developed methods for the reduction of health risk associated with travel, and in border management in the context of epidemics. He participated to the process that led to two World Health Assembly Resolutions on migrant health (WHA 61.17 – 2008; WHA 70.15- 2017) and two Global Consultations on Migration and Health in 2010 (Madrid) and 2017 (Colombo). Prof. Mosca is a Commissioner of the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migrant Health that published its report in 2018. Prof. Mosca’s passion and leadership in advancing a global migration health agenda has contributed to the adoption of migration health policies at global level and in several countries, and global health strategies that recognize migration and migrants needs as critical elements in a globalized world. He is Honorary Associate Professor with the Institute for Global Health at the UCL, and contract Professor with the Link Campus University in Rome. Prof. Mosca is a Consultant in Migration Health Policy with WHO and was teacher at the WHO Summer School in Migration Health in 2017 and 2018, and founder of the Migration Health and Development Research Initiative (MHaDRI) hosted by the IOM. Prof. Mosca has published several publications and studies, has contributed to several review panels in global health issues, and has provided training and lectures world-wide.
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