St. George’s University World Health Organization Collaborating Center Delivers Keynote Speech at Dubai Conference

Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Brings Issue of Occupational Health and Safety to a Global Audience

news akpinar dlci mugePresenting at a conference on occupational health and safety in United Arab Emirates, St. George’s University Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM) brought its message of needlestick prevention to a global audience.

According to the International Council of Nurses, one in eight health care workers are injured by needlesticks, often exposing them to serious or fatal infection. Covering this important topic in her keynote address at the Occupational Health for Health Care Workers Conference at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Dubai, Dr. Muge Akpinar-Elci drew on the work that St. George’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHO CC) and its partners are doing to promote worker safety in the Caribbean.

Dr. Akpinar Elci, an associate professor and track director for environmental and occupational health in the DPHPM and director of St. George’s WHO CC, commented on the opportunity to speak to this international conference, saying, “Occupational health and safety are highly important issues for health care workers around the world.  As a WHO Collaborating Center St. George’s has an international platform from which to bring a far-reaching discussion on this issue.  We were happy to play our part.”

Prior to the conference, Dr. Akpinar-Elci was invited to address the faculty of the Institute of Public Health at UAEU by Professor Tar-Ching Aw, the dean of that department. She discussed St. George’s success in obtaining CEPH accreditation for the MPH program and on becoming a WHO Collaborating Center, a distinction that UAEU also wishes to pursue.

The conference welcomed approximately 150 participants and it is expected that visit will be the start of a long collaboration between the UAEU and St. George’s University.

According to the International Council of Nurses, one in eight health care workers are injured by needlesticks, often exposing them to serious or fatal infection. Covering this important topic in her keynote address at the Occupational Health for Health Care Workers Conference at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Dubai, Dr. Muge Akpinar-Elci drew on the work that St. George’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center (WHO CC) and its partners are doing to promote worker safety in the Caribbean.

Dr. Akpinar Elci, an associate professor and track director for environmental and occupational health in the DPHPM and director of St. George’s WHO CC, commented on the opportunity to speak to this international conference, saying, “Occupational health and safety are highly important issues for health care workers around the world.  As a WHO Collaborating Center St. George’s has an international platform from which to bring a far-reaching discussion on this issue.  We were happy to play our part.”

Prior to the conference, Dr. Akpinar-Elci was invited to address the faculty of the Institute of Public Health at UAEU by Professor Tar-Ching Aw, the dean of that department. She discussed St. George’s success in obtaining CEPH accreditation for the MPH program and on becoming a WHO Collaborating Center, a distinction that UAEU also wishes to pursue.

The conference welcomed approximately 150 participants and it is expected that visit will be the start of a long collaboration between the UAEU and St. George’s University.