Team Coordinator for the Pacific Health Security and Communicable Diseases
Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Dr. Merianos is a public health physician and epidemiologist, specialising in infectious diseases and has been the team coordinator for the Pacific Health Security and Communicable Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO) Division of Pacific Technical Support in Suva since 2015. She has been leading the COVID-19 Joint Incident Management Team for health sector support to the Pacific since March after returning from a mission to support the WHO China office in their COVID-19 outbreak response.
“I have been working in the Pacific for over 5 years, I was leading the measles IMT last year when there was an outbreak in the Pacific. We have also gone through Ebola preparedness, the response to Zika virus and large dengue outbreaks and meningococcal meningitis over the years”
The COVID-19 experience around the world shows how important it is to prepare health systems and communities in the Pacific for COVID-19 , working in partnership. I’m privileged to work with a team of dedicated humanitarians from different backgrounds working together, doing the best we can to support the people of the Pacific.
“I have been working close to the people WHO serves, and have seen first-handed some of the vulnerabilities of the Pacific but also the extraordinary resilience and “can do” attitude of Pacific colleagues and communities”
I would like to acknowledge the hard work of this Joint Incident Management Team. Many of my colleagues are away from home from their loved ones, working long hours and doing the best they can to support the real heroes of this response – the front line health workers and other first responders, and people in communities, delivering results to better prepare the 21 Pacific countries and areas in which we live and serve.”
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