Filipino doctor garners top honors in Europe

by Kobakila News

LONDON (July 9) — A Filipino PhD student at Cardiff University in Wales won back-to-back awards from two international health associations.

In recognition of his research work on the health and welfare of seafarers, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III, a medical doctor and Nippon Foundation Fellow at the Seafarers International Research Centre, was judged to have the best studies at two  international conferences held in Europe.

At the 11th Conference of International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) held in Budapest, Hungary on May 24 to 28, Lucero-Prisno’s two studies entitled, “International Seafares as Patients: Towards a Model of an Effective Global Health System” and “Global Seafarers: Why Risky to STIs and HIV When They Work and Travel,” garnered top scores out of the many studies submitted.  ISTM President Fran von Sonneburg extended his congratulations to Lucero-Prisno.

The following week, at the First International Congress of Maritime, Tropical and Hyperbaric Medicine held at Gdynia, Poland on June 4-6, Lucero-Prisno received medals for his presentations on “An Analysis of the AIDS Epidemic in the Maritime Industry” and “The Anatomy of Stress: the Filipino Seafarer and His Work”. The latter study was conducted together with Nerissa Espiritu and Eva Lopez of the National Maritime Polytechnic of the Philippines. The government-funded study was based on a survey of 3,000 Filipino seafarers. Dr. Bogdan Jaremin, Director of the Institute, handed the medals.

Lucero-Prisno has been a long-time advocate of Filipino seafarers, with his calls for reforms in the maritime industry and social corporate responsibility from ship owners. His work on AIDS in the maritime industry has yielded several substantive programs, and he continues to champion health and welfare protection for the global seafarer. He recently co-authored the book, International Medical Guide for Ships, published by the World Health Organization, which is carried by all ships and used as a guide for health problems onboard.

In 2005, he won the World Science Forum research competition in Budapest, Hungary and in 2008 received the British Council’s SHINE International Student Award in the UK.

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