César Chelala is the global health consultant and a contributing editor for The Globalist.
Since 1980, he has worked as a consultant on planning, monitoring and evaluation of public health projects for several international agencies.
He has conducted health-related missions in over 45 countries for USAID, UNICEF, WHO, PAHO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNESCO, Capital Development Fund, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the Mexican Foundation for Health, World Education, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Carnegie Corporation.
He was born in the Northern city of Tucumán, Argentina, in 1940 — and graduated as an MD in 1964. In 1971, he came to the United States and worked as a researcher in molecular genetics and pharmacology at The Public Health Research Institute of the City of New York and later at New York University School of Medicine.
He has written medical and scientific articles for The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Molecular and General Genetics, the British Medical Journal and Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
In 1979, he wrote with Paul H. Hoeffel an article about the “disappeared” in Argentina. The article, “Missing or Dead in Argentina: The Desperate Search for Thousands of Abducted Victims,” was published as a cover story in The New York Times Magazine. For his work, the authors received the 1979 Overseas Press Club of America award for the best article on human rights.