Claire Chauvin has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) for nearly 18 years, primarily focusing on the response to emergencies and immunization. She has worked at country and global levels, in technical, operational, management and advisory positions. Her roles have included leading WHO’s largest global disease surveillance and data network (reporting more than 100,000 suspect polio cases per year from over 182 countries), overseeing support to countries on strategies to complete eradication, response to polio outbreaks, working on global policy development and advising the GPEI director on strategic directions. She has worked mostly in polio endemic and polio outbreak countries, with a focus on Africa.
Prior to that, Chauvin worked extensively for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF France, MSF Belgium), in emergency and war affected countries. The scope of her work ranged from responding to disease outbreaks in Senegal and South Sudan, to humanitarian response and public health recovery in Mozambique, Burundi, and Ethiopia. She also spent some years working as a community nurse in France.
Claire first trained as a Nurse at the Red Cross Nursing School in Bordeaux, France, and holds a Master’s of Public Health (M.P.H.) from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.