Medicine bona, localis malis

Eric K. Noji M.D.

Chairman and CEO of Noji Global Health 

Legendary humanitarian visionary, medical doctor, noted author, gifted teacher, and iconic figure in the aid community 

“…So much has been said and written about the legendary life of Dr Eric Noji — and his story is so mythic in its sweep — that it’s difficult to summarize his career without restating clichés that have already been digested by dozens of his admirers. To start with the obvious, he is the most influential public health figure in the disaster relief and humanitarian crisis community, having introduced more innovations into current health response to disasters than any of his contemporaries. Relentlessly imaginative, iconoclastic and innovative, Eric Noji grabbed a hold of the international humanitarian community’s consciousness in 1985 and never let go for the next three decades, always staying ahead of the pack in terms of creativity but never losing his remarkable ability to communicate his increasingly sophisticated ideas to the general public and senior-level decision-makers in governments, the UN, corporations and philanthropic organizations. His supremacy as disaster icon remains unchallenged to this day, years after having left the Centers for Disease Control where he first achieved prominence…”

From the Foreword by Sergio Viera de Mello to his book of memoirs: “Confessions of a Wanderer: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy”, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (publication date, October 2013).



“…On the evening of 24 September 2005, his webcast on disaster management was seen by over 1.5 million viewers, still the largest audience in history for a single academic lecture. This lecture on core disaster management principles was, according to many of those privileged to have been in the auditorium (perhaps 150 people at most), a presentation of such sustained brilliance that even now, five years later, they insist that Noji has never surpassed it–nor, perhaps, has anyone… before or since…”

From Chapter 8, “Zenith Years at the CDC”



Federal Emergency Management Agency

For six months in late 1995, early 1996, CDC assigned Eric Noji to the FEMA Director’s “cabinet” as Acting Deputy Assistant Director for the Training and Exercise Directorate. Shown here with other senior staff and the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, James Lee Witt

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Coalition Information Center. Special Assistant to Karen Hughes. Public diplomacy. Global war on terrorism. Indian Treaty Room

briefing the president

Briefing the President of the United States

On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked and three weeks later, a national crisis was provoked by the intentional release of weaponized anthrax in the U.S. postal system. Dr. Noji was assigned by Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson to the newly established White House Office of Homeland Security located in the Executive Office of the President as an expert in the treatment of biological, chemical, nuclear and blast terrorism.  Shown here briefing President George W Bush at the White House “war room”.

First Polio Cases Since 1999 Suspected In Syria

Initial tests indicate that polio has paralyzed at least two children in eastern Syria.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

If the cases are confirmed, they’d be the first ones in the war-torn nation in more than a decade. The country eliminated polio in 1999.

Syria used to have one of the highest polio vaccination rates in the region. If the virus has returned, it would be a high-profile example of the ramifications of the collapse of Syria’s once-vaunted public health system.

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Disaster Curriculum Initiative of the European Union

The DITAC Curriculum will address the key challenges for the management of disaster incidents. The project is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

DITAC stands for “Disaster Training curriculum”and proposes to develop a holistic Training Curriculum for first responders and strategic crisis managers dealing with international crises. The DITAC Curriculum will address the key challenges for the management of disaster incidents.

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