Dr. Dilshad Jaff, 2015 alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been inducted as an honorary member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club. Dr. Jaff now serves as adviser on conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings Global Gateway™ at the Gillings School.
The Cary club has had a longstanding relationship with Dr. Jaff and his family.
A physician who treated patients during the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, Dr. Jaff was discouraged to see how health-care workers were placed in danger in conflict zones because of insufficient communication and infrastructure. To become better educated, he sought and was selected for the Rotary Peace Fellowship at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, where he studied conflict management and peace.
In 2013, with additional Rotary Club support, he became a fellow at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and enrolled at the Gillings School to focus upon women’s and children’s health. The specialization was important, he said, since violence now so often catches civilians in the crossfire.
That year, he also was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, in appreciation of “tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.” His goal, he says, is to unite the objectives of public health and conflict resolution through education.
Mr. Scott Rossi, who has served in many leadership positions in the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, including as president and international service chair, said he was introduced to Dr. Jaff in spring 2004 through an email from Maj. James McCann, a physician’s assistant stationed in Iraq with the North Carolina National Guard.