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Please join the Students for One Health Club and the International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) program in welcoming Jerry Martin on Wednesday, February 8th at 5:30pm in the Wood Conference room in the Wildlife Building. He will discuss "Protein and Pandemics: How is food helping to drive pandemics?" He will also share his experience both employing and collaborating with veterinarians across many countries and sectors, including how to gain practical experience for entering this career path.
Jerry is an adjunct professor at Cummings School and a specialist in international development, pandemic prevention, and One Health. Previously he was the Senior Director of Global Health at DAI, an international development company, responsible for projects addressing disease threats that have the potential to affect national security. He is the former Chief of Party (Director) of the Preparedness and Response project, a $44 million initiative funded by USAID to address Emerging Pandemic Threats. The project worked in West Africa assisting countries to develop and implement outbreak response plans to address the Ebola crisis. In addition to the Ebola response, the project worked in 15 countries in Central and East Africa and Southeast Asia to build the systems and capacity to respond to diseases of unknown etiology. The focus was on zoonotic diseases and the application of a One Health approach to prevent and control outbreaks.
Jerry has also served as Managing Director of the Economic Growth Sector at DAI. The sector covers work on agriculture, food security, financial services, private sector development and trade policy. As the former head of Agriculture and Agribusiness and the first Managing Director of DAI’s Health Sector, Jerry has extensive experience creating multi-disciplinary teams to address cross cutting issues such as nutrition, livelihoods for HIV-affected populations, the impact of climate change on agriculture and health and emerging infectious diseases.
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