Coordinator, TB/HIV and Drug Resistance
Currently Coordinator of the WHO unit in the Stop TB Department, Paul Nunn is responsible for the global response to multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), including analytical work and policy development, support to colleagues in the 6 WHO regional offices, development and testing of training and planning materials, the coordination of the global Green Light Committee mechanism, liaison with the Global Drug Facility and support to the MDR-TB Working group of the Stop TB Partnership.
Paul was previously responsible for coordinating TB control efforts throughout the WHO system, and with partner agencies, especially the Global Fund to Fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria. From 2006- 2009, Paul led the team that coordinated the global response to extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), including the organization (with the China Ministry of Public Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) of the Ministerial Meeting of high M/XDR-TB burden countries in Beijing in April, 2009. His team also wrote a number of WHO guidelines on how to address the problem of the impact of HIV on TB as well as key WHO policies on TB infection control, new diagnostic technologies(2007- 2009), and collaborative TB/HIV activities. He coordinated the production of the 1st, 3rd and 4th WHO/IUATLD global anti-TB drug resistance surveillance reports.
Between 1994 and 1999, Paul headed the TB Research and Surveillance unit in the Global TB Programme of WHO, in which he set up the Global TB Research Initiative and established the anti-TB drug resistance surveillance project.
Before his career in WHO, Paul was with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Kenya researching the impact of HIV on TB in Nairobi, as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and as Coordinator of the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene course.
He trained as a respiratory physician at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, following clinical studies at University College, London, and received a degree in Physiological Sciences from Oxford University.
Paul has given several plenary talks at international health symposia in recent years and was the Mitchell Lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians, London in 2009. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers.