In 2014-2015, I was a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with responsibilities for assisting the Public Health Section in the development of a new needs assessment tool for use in the acute (initial) stages of refugee emergencies.

My work included developing a public health and health systems assessment tool to quickly analyze priority health risks and to identify the availability (or absence) of essential health resources and services across health systems providing care to refugees. This includes a focus on analyzing health services in urban areas, camps, transit centres, and other points of care, and includes a focus on assessing communicable and non-communicable diseases, water and sanitation, health system performance, malnutrition screening, and other health priorities.