Dr. Davide T. Mosca

Dr. Davide T. Mosca

Organisation: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Role: Director of Migration Health Department

Twitter: @davidemosca_iom

Davide Mosca earned his MD at the University of Milan and specialized in Emergency Surgery and ER at the University of Modena. He has worked for 24 years in Africa and the Middle East. From 1984 to 1994 he worked in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) for the Italian Technical Cooperation first as a surgeon and later in public health, directing various primary healthcare and health education programs for community nurses and nomadic health workers. He was also co-chair of the Regional Commission of Environmental Sanitization (CRAM-Shaba), a large public-private partnership enhancing rural and urban environmental health. He joined the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mozambique in 1994, and as part of the UN Mission he designed health programs for the reintegration of internally displaced people, returning refugees, and demobilized soldiers. In 1996, he relocated to Angola on similar post-conflict programs of the UNAVEM III Mission. From 1998 to 2008 he was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he led IOM medical teams as the Regional Medical Officer for Africa and the Middle East. In that capacity he worked in the resettlement of refugees, health assessment for migrants, and migration and health programs through a variety of innovative programs and initiatives that utilized multidisciplinary approaches in the areas of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and health promotion and in addressing the migration of healthcare workers from Africa. He also coordinated IOM’s emergency health programs after the second Gulf War and implemented medical evacuation of civilians affected by the war in Iraq. Appointed to his current position in 2008, he manages IOM health programs worldwide, employing more than 1,200 health and operations personnel in more than 60 countries, in the clinical provision of immigration medical examination and public health–related initiatives, promotion of health of migrants through a variety of health programs with particular focus on communicable diseases, and response to emergencies, including the 2014–2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa. Dr. Mosca has taken part as speaker,  panellist, chair, and lecturer in several Congresses and Seminars on Surgery, Primary Health Care, Tropical Medicine, Emergencies and Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Human Rights, Global Health , and Migration Health. Dr. Mosca has published several publications and studies, has contributed to several review panels in global health issues, and has provided training and lectures world-wide.  He sits on several global health advisory boards including Stop TB Partnership, Roll Back Malaria, and the Expert Advisory Group on the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, among others.