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Mr Abraham, Thomas

Title:
Director of Public Health Media Project
Associate Professor of Practice

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Mr Abraham, Thomas

Title:
Director of Public Health Media Project
Associate Professor of Practice

Biography

Thomas Abraham is Director of the Master of Journalism  programme at JMSC and also runs a research programme in health risk communication.

He teaches courses in Health and Science journalism as well as international news while his research work focuses on risk communication during infectious disease epidemics, the role of the media in communicating risk and infectious diseases and global health security. He is a consultant for the World Health Organization and other international organisations on risk communication, worked at WHO headquarters in Geneva during the influenza pandemic.

Prior to joining JMSC, he worked for 25 years as a journalist. He is a former Editor and Deputy Editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before coming to Hong Kong, he spent 13 years as a foreign correspondent based in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Office in Geneva, and London for one of India’s leading newspapers, The Hindu.
He has reported on conflicts in Sri Lanka, the former Yugoslavia, and Northern Ireland, as well as major global issues such as world trade negotiations, human rights, arms control and disarmament.

He has worked for the United Nations in Geneva and been a regular commentator on South Asian issues for BBC World Service Television.

He has a Masters degree in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and a BA in Economics from Madras University.

He is the author of Twenty-first Century Plague: The Story of SARS and is currently working on a book on the world’s efforts to eradicate polio.

He has a blog on polio and his forthcoming book here: http://poliohunt.wordpress.com/

 
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2005-presentMember Steering CommitteeWorld Health Organization, Global Health Security Communications Group
2015-Member, Advisory BoardThe Warning Project
Media Contact Directory
Area of Expertise:
Area of Expertise (EN)Area of Expertise (ZH)
Risk communication
Reporting science
Reporting health and medicine
Public health
Media in Asia
International organizations
Health communications
Global health issues
Spoken Languages:
Spoken Language(s) (EN)Spoken Language(s) (ZH)
English英語
Written Languages:
Written Language(s) (EN)Written Language(s) (ZH)
English英文
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