Dr Melville Omorlabie George ‑ BDS, FDSRCS, FWACS, MPH (Johns Hopkins University)

A Public Health expert and specialist clinician with 30 years national experience of which 8 years as consultant oral surgeon and head of Dental/Oral surgery department, 9 years as Director for Health Services in the Gambia and over 25 years of international Public Health experience. Dr George’s international experience includes working with the World Health Organization for 2 years as health systems adviser (Regional Office/AFRO), 5 years as WHO Representative to Ghana, 2½ years as WHO Representative to Uganda and 1 year as Coordinator in the Global Health Workforce Alliance in WHO/Geneva). He also worked as consultant for WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS in Kenya (Ministry of Finance /UNAIDS: Review accountability structures of Global Fund grant awards to Kenya and align them with national coordination mechanisms and systems), in Liberia (health sector assessment, policy and 2 year plan of action, in Sierra Leone (Health sector analysis and a draft position paper to the UNICEF Board, New York for a Sector Country Programme), in The Gambia (World Bank/ Ministry of Education: Demand for Non Formal Education among women and young girls (Health component), UNICEF/Gambia. Dr George was also consultant for the Health sector analysis and Report "Situation of Women and Children in The Gambia" (Health component), Ministry of Education/Catholic Relief Services/UNICEF: Evaluation of Joint Assisted Non‐Formal Education Project. He was WHO Regional Office for Africa (Brazzaville/Congo) Temporary Adviser/ Chairman, Special Regional Working Group on WHO’s Constitution and the Brain Drain Problem in Africa.