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PFPS Secretariat at WHO

Nittita Prasopa-Plaizier, PFPS Programme Manager.
Nittita is now responsible for advocacy and civil society engagement within the WHO Patient Safety Programme. Nittita first joined the programme in 2007, working within the research team and then managing the patient safety research small grants programme. Nittita has 20 years’ experience in public health, with both government and non-government sectors, including as a public health specialist in refugee camps in Thailand and as an epidemiologist and senior project manager with research institutions and the Health Department in Australia.

Anna Lee, PFPS Programme Officer.
Anna has been working with PFPS since 2008, supporting the global network of patient advocates and more recently helping to strengthen communications and supporting development of the mCheck programme. Anna has a background in international development and is passionate about participatory approaches to health improvement and development. to the Patients for Patient Safety Collaborative Agreement. For more information click on the link below.

Katthyana Aparicio, Programme Officer
Katthyana has recently joined the PFPS team and will reconnect and re-energize PFPS in Spanish speaking countries, manage the network and the support to PFPS champions. Katthyana has been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2006, she joined the Patient Safety Programme in 2007 and played an important role in the project management and project evaluation of Patient Safety Research Small Grants Programme.

PFPS interns at WHO

The work of PFPS wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic group of interns who have supported the programme since 2012.

Cristina Parau
Cristina worked as an intern for PFPS between 1st of July and 30th of August 2013. Having recently graduated MSc in Pharmacy from “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania, she worked with Nittita on two projects fit for her background as a pharmacist. The first one was to draft a communication tool designed to engage patients in medication safety and the second one was regarding medication records and how to improve them. Cristina is currently studying a Master in Drug Discovery and Pharma Maganement at UCL.

Sehr Durrani
Dr Sehr Durrani has a background in dentistry and is currently studying an MBA with a focus on hospital administration at the Indian Institute of Health Management Research, in Jaipur, India. Sehr will be with PFPS for two months, reviewing evidence and resources that encourage hospitals and other health-care facilities to engage patients in patient safety improvement.

Hannah Sainsbury
Hannah joined the team as an intern in October 2012, having recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology. Hannah has a particular interest in Asia and is hoping to pursue a career in Global Health. Hannah has been supporting PFPS in key areas to strengthen communications and to develop PFPS documentation.

Elizabeth Speakman
Elizabeth joined PFPS in April 2013 to work with Nittita to draft guidance and resources for the training and orientation of PFPS Champions. Elizabeth is a UK qualified lawyer who worked for many years in London as a Claimant clinical negligence solicitor. Elizabeth also has an MA in Medical Ethics & Law and completed an MSc in Public Health last year. Sarah Harper
Sarah worked as an intern for PFPS between October 2012 and January 2013, just after graduating from Bristol University with a degree in Economics, and is planning to study a Masters in International Development in 2014. She has a strong interest in the African Region, having worked in Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa and Mozambique.

Philippa Kennedy
Philippa worked as an intern for PFPS between May and October 2012. Having graduated with a Biology degree from Bristol University the previous year, Philippa worked on some key projects for PFPS including editing the PFPS News and contributing to the writing of the Mother Baby mCheck protocol for the India pilot study. Philippa is now studying a Masters in Globalisation and Development at SOAS (London)

PFPS Champions

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