Thilaka Chinnayah

Thilaka Chinnayah


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I have obtained double Masters, one in Public Health and the other in Occupational Health, and specialised in field epidemiology and was the first graduate of Epidemic Intelligence Program (EIP) Malaysia sent to WHO, Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila to subspecialise in Health Security and Emergencies. My attachment as a senior epidemiologist has given me vast exposure to international work in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Lao PDR, Cambodia. I have shared my experience and knowledge in disaster management during the flooding and cyclones in Thailand, Indonesia and Vanuatu. I was involved in many outbreaks investigations and was at ground zero when Malaysia detected its first case of Mers-CoV, first case of COVID-19 and an unusual outbreak of Sarcocystitis. With my Occupational Health background, I’m one of the expert in investigating Hospital Acquired Infections/outbreak in Ministry of Health, Malaysia. In recognition of my contribution I have been appointed as Director of EIP Malaysia since 2019. Due to my excellent contribution to public health for more than 25 years, I have received several national awards from the Government and NGOs and was nominated for the Great Women of Our Times 2016 by the Women’s Weekly Magazine.
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