Executive Director in Centro Internacional de Immigración, Salud y Desarrollo
Dr. Manuel Carballo, is an epidemiologist and is currently the Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration and Health (ICMH), and Clinical Professor of Public Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York.
He previously worked with WHO in several countries. In the 1980s he was responsible for directing for the WHO international collaborative study in breastfeeding and the impact of breast milk substitutes in the health of infants and mothers; then he organized the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes today guide to infant feeding industry's role in this field of health.
In 1986 he was one of three members of the team chosen to establish the WHO Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) and maintained with PAM to 1992 as Chief Behavioral Research. At WHO and WFP he was also responsible for helping 18 African countries to build their national AIDS committees and develop their national plans. In 1993 he went to Bosnia as Public Health Advisor for WHO and remained based in Sarajevo until the end of the war in 1995 as head of the entire Bosnia and Herzegovina. On his return from Bosnia, he joined the International Centre for Migration and Health, an organization based in Switzerland research and training, and worked again in Bosnia. Later he went to Albania and Macedonia to the United Nations to assess the health status of refugees fleeing Kosovo.
In 2001 he was appointed Executive Director of ICMH. In 2002 and 2003 he led two assessment missions to the United Nations health in the occupied Palestinian territories, and later in 2003 moved to Iraq to do the same. In 2004 he directed the mission of the Tsunami Relief and Reconstruction Fund in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. In 2005 and 2006 he spent time in Iran and Afghanistan develop preparedness plans for emergencies for those countries.