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James Zingeser

James Zingeser, a national of the United States, is an epidemiologist working for the Animal Health Service (AGAH) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Within AGAH, Dr. Zingeser is a member of the Veterinary Public Health team.

A veterinarian with training in epidemiology, Jim was seconded by the One Health Office of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), beginning in 2009.

Before coming to FAO, Jim was seconded to the Ministry of Health and USAID in Cameroon and the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He has worked on health information systems, polio eradication, measles and other vaccine preventable diseases.

For ten years, he worked for former US president Jimmy Carter as the senior epidemiologist at The Carter Center. There, he worked on the control and eradication of neglected tropical diseases, including launching the Trachoma Control Program, and for three years as a technical advisor to the Niger Guinea Worm Eradication Programme.

My work over the past twenty years as a veterinarian working in public health has been a steady movement toward One Health, although we did not yet have that name. I find that it is exciting to be an epidemiologist in FAO at this time, when we are at the forefront of creating One Health for the future.”

My colleagues in the Animal Health Service have great vision and experience, and FAO has the vast and deep resources to make a viable One Health model, far beyond just encouraging veterinarians to work alongside of physicians.”

Within FAO, we have a wealth of expertise and experience in development programs including wildlife, fisheries, food safety and security, climate change, gender equality, nutrition, and infectious disease surveillance and control.”

My work at FAO has been particularly gratifying because it has allowed me to return to my first loves: development, agriculture and animal health, and to contribute my experience in public health and epidemiology to a wonderful team. Every day is an education and every week there are interesting challenges. My work at FAO continues to be rewarding and invigorating.”

 


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