The Politics of Safe Food – Developing an Intersectoral Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response System in Cambodia, reflections from the field

Date & time

12.30–1.30pm 29 January 2015


Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, Building 62 NCEPH (entrance on Eggleston Road)


Dr Kushani Marshall, NCEPH-RSPH


 Vasoontara Yieng

Kushani Marshall is a medical doctor in her final year of training as a specialist Public Health Physician at NCEPH. She has a Masters degree in Health and International Development and is also studying epidemiology through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked as a field epidemiologist and consultant to the World Health Organization in Cambodia.


Foodborne disease and food safety are not often high on the global public health agenda. However, foodborne disease outbreaks have severe health and economic consequences worldwide. Food safety systems around the world are frequently fragmented, ineffective and contingent on multiple competing interests. Low-income countries face particular challenges in their attempts to develop and coordinate their food systems. In this seminar I will discuss my experiences developing an intersectoral foodborne disease outbreak investigation and response system in Cambodia. I will also reflect on my time working in the Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response team within the WHO Office in Cambodia.

I aim to use this seminar as an opportunity for a conversation around creative thinking about food safety problems in low-income countries and their solutions.

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