Cristina Santos

Head of the Public Health Emergencies Operations Centre

Directorate-General of Health


Born in the Portuguese Island of Madeira in 1969, holds a degree in Economics from the Superior Institute of Economics and Management of the University of Lisbon and a postgraduate degree in European Studies from the Faculty of Law of Lisbon. After several specializations in planning and information systems in health, joined the Information Systems career in the civil service at the Portuguese Directorate General for Health (DGS) since 1996. In 2010, assumes the coordination of the Public Health Emergencies Unit and, later, the Unit for the Support of the National Health Authority. Since October 2016, she is the coordinator of the Public Health Emergencies Operations Centre, Unit responsible for the early detection, rapid risk assessment, management and communication of public health emergencies, collaboration in the coordination of the network of public health officers and also for the implementation of IHR and training of public health medical doctors and other health professionals. She is the focal point of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in the areas of Threat Detection, Early Warning and Response System, International Health Regulations and Communication. In the framework of the World Health Organization, integrates the alerts network Event Information Site and the IHR Subgroup. On behalf of Directorate General of Health, is a member of GOARN - Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and the EOC-Net - Emergency Operations Center Network. Is also the alternate member at the Health Security Committee of the European Commission, as representative of Portugal.

1 FEB, 2018 14:30-16-30 hrs. PS1.1 Lessons Learned in Managing Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID)