Dr. Rodriguez-Fernandez is the Global Medical Director of Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs), Workplace Wellbeing/Wellness and Consulting for International SOS based London, UK. He also currently serves as the CEO and Founder of the NCD Asia Pacific Alliance as well as a Senior Lecturer at Manchester University. He currently acts as Chief Medical Officer to various large Blue Chip Multinationals as well as Heads of State on complex decision making, health policy development, integrated models of healthcare delivery, non-communicable disease prevention and large scale employee centered Workplace Wellbeing interventions. He is also a Cordon Bleu trained chef.
Prior to joining International SOS he served as a special advisor to the World Health Organization, USAID, the World Bank, the European Commission, as well as Ministries of Health in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South-East Asia in the areas of Health System Strengthening, Health Policy and NCD prevention.
Dr. Rodriguez-Fernandez trained as a medical physician and public health practitioner and holds advanced degrees from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Harvard Medical School, Charite University Institute of Tropical Medicine Berlin and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and as a Chef at Cordon Bleu.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the duty of care that organizations have for employee well-being and how this sometimes requires extreme measures. Dr. Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez from International SOS highlights some key lessons learned during the pandemic.
Non-communicable diseases, have now been deemed a global epidemic according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Mining, one of the most hazardous occupations in the world, has also been shown to be one of the most at risk, with mine employees experiencing an alarmingly higher number of NCDs compared to the general population
On page 50 I discuss how the desire to develop sophisticated mental wellbeing strategies to fulfil duty of care responsibilities and help employees with their mental health resilience is now far more widespread than ever
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on the #mentalhealth of workers on rotation. 40% report experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year. I share with HR magazine how organisations, HR teams and managers with a #DutyofCare for remote #rotationalworkers need to be acutely aware of high impact on mental health this mode of working can have.
“There is an urgent need for increased focus, understanding and strategies to mitigate mental ill health and promote better #mentalhealth of the #remoterotationalworkforce. This is highlighted in our survey, which uncovers significantly high levels of critical mental ill health issues, including suicidal thoughts and depression among the remote rotational workers.” International SOS Dr Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez shares on PERSONNEL TODAY.
R. Rodriguez-Fernández, F. Celleti, K. Haripurnomo, M. Bangs, R. M. Amiya. Non-communicable Disease Risk Factors in Indonesian Miners: Longitudinal Findings from the Cardiovascular Outcomes in a Papuan Population and Estimation of Risk (COPPER) Study. Occup Environ Med 2015
. R. Rodriguez-Fernández . Governments must catch up with workplace non-communicable disease prevention May 2018 Occupational Medicine 68(3):158-159 DOI: 10.1093/occmed/kqy041
R. Rodriguez-Fernández, W. Aditya, R. M. Amiya, R. Wyber, J. Carapetis. Rheumatic heart disease: findings from an occupational cohort in Papua, Indonesia. Heart Asia; 7:2 44-48 2015
Z. Solomos K. P. Puchner,R.Rodriguez-Fernandez, M.Oliver. Non-communicable diseases and tuberculosis: Anticipating the impending global storm. February 2019 Global Public Health DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2019.1580760
R. Rodriguez-Fernández, R. M. Amiya. The double burden of disease among mining workers in Papua, Indonesia: at the crossroads between Old and New health paradigms. BMC Public Health BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:951
R. Rodriguez-Fernández , A.M. Kirby. Taking Workplace Health Promotion Global: The Art of Cultural Integration. March 2019 American journal of health promotion
International Association of Drilling Contractors
Danish Business Association
Remote site medical conference. Middle East and Africa 2017 Abu Dhabi
ASCEND Regional Forum 2015. Kalutara, Sri Lanka