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November/December 2013

The Risk Taker

Ruben del PradoRuben del Prado, MD, MPH ’88, is a global advocate for HIV prevention as an outcome of strategically chosen combination prevention activities and strategies. An MPH graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, del Prado received his MD from the University of Suriname and is trained in advanced epidemiology and in health systems planning. He worked extensively as a trainer and consultant for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the European Commission, and Johns Hopkins University, throughout the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. Del Prado is the former director of the Suriname National AIDS Programme. He founded and became the head of the Department of Public Health of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Suriname, in addition to being the Assistant Dean for Medical Education and lecturer in “Clinical Preventive Medicine” and “Communication for Health.” In 1999, del Prado joined the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) as Inter-Country Programme Advisor, covering 24 countries and territories in the Caribbean, based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Since then, he has spent many years serving in various capacities within UNAIDS, where he currently serves as the Country Coordinator for Nepal and Bhutan.


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