Dr Rui Gama Vaz is a retiree from the World Health Organisation ()WHO, who worked for 22 years for the Organization in different capacities. A medical doctor from Mozambique with a MPH from the University of Washington, USA.
Prior to his retirement from WHO he was the Coordinator of Country Cooperation Unit at the Headquarters in Geneva.
He was also the Head of WHO Country Office in Nigeria; Programme Area Coordinator for Polio in the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO); the WHO Representative in Angola; Regional Adviser for HIV/AIDS in AFRO; WHO Liaison Officer in Seychelles; WHO/EPI/Polio Team Leader in Angola and UNAIDS Country Programme Adviser.
During his work with WHO, he supported national authorities in Nigeria in containing the Ebola epidemic in 2014 and the interruption of polio. He also supported the Government of Angola in interrupting twice the polio transmission and several other emergencies during the civil war.
Dr. Vaz' s take-home tips:
Ensuring a resilient team particularly working in countries facing internal conflicts and public health emergencies:
• Requires a strong leadership, with a motivated staff with clear definition of roles, responsibilities and strong accountability system which will help you to take fair and evidence-based decisions in terms of staff performance.
• Need a strong back-up from the respective senior management
• Leadership it’s not given. You must earn it! Leadership is defined by results and not attributes
• It´s critical to keep your staff motivated and engaged in your office policies, strategic and operational decisions with a good communication system in place. Always ensure their safety and protection as a priority matter, particularly when working in complex environments
In this episode, Dr. Vaz and I explore the questions and issues around the following:
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