Specialist Profile Series. Inna A. Karaban
Published: 14.08.12 Updated: 15.08.2012 14:13:14
Citation: Specialist Profile Series. Karaban IA. EpiNorth 2011; 12: 95-7.
Name: Inna Alexandrovna Karaban
Background: Medical Doctor, graduate of Minsk State Medical Institute (1996)
Title: State Epidemiologist
Organization: Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus
What are your responsibilities at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus?
As a state epidemiologist in the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus. I am responsible for surveillance over infectious diseases at the national level.
What motivated you to devote yourself to infectious disease epidemiology?
When I was a student, I liked to study epidemiology and therefore decided to choose it as my specialization. Epidemiology is a very interesting field that always provides an opportunity for widening one’s knowledge. Besides, it is closely interrelated with many medical specialties.
Which of your professional achievements brings you the most satisfaction?
I get the most satisfaction from the results of my work or the results of joint efforts with my colleagues. In recent years, the Republic of Belarus has seen a rather stable incidence of infectious diseases, without any outbreaks of infections in organized groups.
What was your most difficult professional moment?
The influenza pandemic in 2009. I had to use all my knowledge and skills to control the situation.
What do you think are the most important achievements in infectious disease epidemiology so far?
The development of new vaccines for the prevention of infectious diseases.
How did you start collaborating in the EpiNorth project?
In 2008, when the Ministry of Health of Belarus joined the project.
What do you find the most interesting aspect of the EpiNorth project?
The most interesting and important aspect of the project is that it gives an opportunity to communicate with colleagues from various countries, to share experiences and to learn from each other.
What do you consider the most important achievement of the EpiNorth project?
Unification of knowledge, skills and experience of all specialists from the countries of the Barents and Baltic Sea region who are involved in surveillance of infectious diseases. Thus, the project contributes to improved health care and better health of the people living in these countries.
What is your favourite book and why?
It is rather difficult to choose one book. I like reading different sorts of books: historical novels, ironic crime fiction, classical and scientific literature.
Aside from your professional career, what is your greatest ambition in life?
What would be your wishes for the younger colleagues in the field of epidemiology?
Epidemiology is a very interesting field of studies. That is why you should read more, and more, and more. You should not be afraid of any experiments. It is also very useful to participate in epidemiological investigations.