Meet Global Health’s Fireman

Rap. Rap. Rap.

On the rare occasions when Mike Ryan’s office door is closed, colleagues start knocking.

A plethora of infectious disease outbreaks and crises demand constant attention from the executive director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, according to this charming, must-read profile by ace global health reporter Helen Branswell.

With deep experience in the field (and constant back pain from a car crash in Iraq), the fast-talking Irishman tells his staff not to hold back—he wants to hear the bad news from DRC, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere.
Read how to manage disasters, displacement, outbreaks—and keep smiling.


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