Experts' profiles - Lauren Cooney
Lauren Cooney
Lauren Cooney is an emergency manager with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), based in Amsterdam. Originally from Australia, Lauren is a registered nurse and has worked in Australia and the UK in a variety of nursing fields, including infectious diseases, mental health and emergency care. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from James Cook University (Australia).

Lauren began working in international medical aid with the UK-based organization Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin) in 1999. She joined MSF in 2003. Lauren has worked with MSF in DRC, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Indonesia, as a nurse, project coordinator, medical coordinator and head of mission.

Since becoming emergency manager in 2006, Lauren has led MSF's esponses to a range of humanitarian emergencies all over the world - outbreaks of cholera, meningitis, and measles; natural diasters like floods and earthquakes; and violent conflicts.

Lauren managed MSF's initial response to lead poisoning in Zamfara state, northern Nigeria, in 2010. There, in several villages, the small-scale mining and processing of lead-laden gold ore has sickened and killed hundreds of people. The young are the most vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning, and MSF has treated more than 1000 children under five over the past year. Lauren continues to serve as an advisor to this ongoing program, the first of its kind in the history of MSF.

In May 2011, Lauren represented MSF in accepting a Green Star Award from UNEP, OCHA and Green Cross International. MSF received the award in recognition of its response to the Zamfara lead poisoning crisis.
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