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Sherrilyn H. Wainwright

A national of the United States of America, is a veterinary epidemiologist currently working for the Emergency Prevention System (EMPRES) for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases and the Crisis Management Centre for Animal Health (CMC-AH) at the Animal Health Service (AGAH) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Dr. Wainwright was seconded to FAO by the United States Department from Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), where she was working for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) at the Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH), based in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. She arrived in Rome to work for FAO-AGAH on 3 October 2009.

Dr. Wainwright shared some experiences and perspectives about her time in FAO-Rome:

"My experience with the organization has been and continues to be enriching and fulfilling."

"The thing that I like most about working here is the chance to contribute at a global level to something much larger than myself, alongside incredibly talented and knowledgeable individuals at headquarters, in local and regional offices, and in the field. It is a privilege to be a part of this valuable work to help improve food security and tackle methods to improve livelihoods of the rural poor and deal with reducing gender disparities. In this work, we scientifically identify and address risk factors impacting the health of people and animals, including domestic, wildlife and aquatic life, especially in countries where there is the greatest need. While working for FAO, I have enjoyed opportunities, and look forward to more of them, to utilize and share this knowledge gained from working with experts in the fields of progressive control programs, laboratory networking, surveillance, epidemiology, geospatial analysis and communication. I also continue to learn from those who understand effective methods to create, establish, and promote policies which address the identified risks and drivers of disease emergence within a One Health mindset."

"My contribution to the work at FAO includes daily disease intelligence work with the FAO Global Early Warning System (GLEWS) team to identify early signs of the presence and impacts of transboundary animal diseases of economic and zoonotic concern. And, along with FAO colleagues and international partners, put the information into context to better assess the risk for spread, as well as the real and potential socioeconomic impacts. If there is a need and request for an emergency response, in close collaboration with, and as a member of, the CMC-AH team, I share EMPRES data and analyses and connect the CMC-AH efforts with other EMPRES experts, ultimately for FAO to provide an appropriate response to assess and address the needs of the country and/or region."

"I have learned so much from the many activities undertaken by FAO, especially those related to reaching out, understanding and utilizing the valuable networks established by so many of the divisions and sections of FAO. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the process of sharing information that is useful across the agency to jointly address identified needs of our FAO member countries."



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