Advisory Board members provide counsel to Merck for Mothers on effective approaches, strategies, and solutions to save women's lives.
African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control
World Health Organization
Dr. Uche Veronica Amazigo is an experienced international scientist and administrator with extensive expertise in international and community health, public-private partnerships, research, policy, and strategy development. Dr. Amazigo has held strategic management positions at international and national organizations and has more than 25 years of experience in research and teaching. In May 2011, Dr. Amazigo retired as Director of the World Health Organization African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC). As the director of APOC for six years, Dr. Amazigo engaged more than 120,000 communities, 19 African Governments, 14 civil societies, and 20 donor groups, using community participation to bring multiple health interventions to areas beyond the reach of healthcare services. Trained in public health and parasitology, Dr. Amazigo taught for 15 years at the University of Nigeria before joining the World Health Organization. Her research experience encompasses adolescent reproductive health, strategies for controlling neglected tropical diseases and community-directed health interventions.
Interim Deputy Director MNCH
Senior Program Officer Maternal Health
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. France Donnay is a Senior Program Officer for Maternal Health and the Acting Team leader for MNCH at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation she was the UNFPA representative in Pakistan, leading an office of 50+ staff at federal, provincial and district levels to support the government of Pakistan in the areas of maternal and newborn health, family planning, reproductive commodity security, gender equality, and population policies. Dr. Donnay joined UNICEF in 1994 and transferred to UNFPA in 1999. In both organizations she provided technical support to country offices and coordinated the development of maternal and newborn health policies. Dr Donnay is an obstetrician gynecologist and holds a MPH. She trained and practiced in Belgium, prior to working with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders in Armenia, Chad, Cambodia and elsewhere. Dr. Donnay has partnered with a variety of groups including UN country teams, NGOs, academia, and has visited many countries in all regions of the world.
Adjunct Professor of Global Health
Duke University Global Health Institute
Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is the former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria. Prior to his appointment in July 2011, Dr. Pate was the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency in Nigeria. In July 2013, he resigned as Nigeria’s Minister of State for Health to teach at Duke University’s Global Health Institute. Dr. Pate is an American Board-Certified Medical Doctor trained in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA (Health Sector Concentration) from Duke University. Dr. Pate also studied at the University of College London and earned a Master of Science in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Pate serves as co-chair of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Vaccination and Humanitarian Emergencies at the World Health Organization, and member of the agenda committee at the World Economic Forum.
Reproductive Health Program
Dr. John W. Townsend is Vice President of the Population Council's Reproductive Health program. He is responsible for overseeing the Council's contraceptive product development as well as the design and implementation of strategies to promote better reproductive health and family planning programs worldwide, especially among disadvantaged populations in developing countries, through research and policy innovations. Dr. Townsend has worked for the Population Council for 25 years. During his tenure with the Council, he has served as the director of the Frontiers in Reproductive Health program; director of operations research programs in Asia and the Near East; regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico; director of operations research programs in Latin America and the Caribbean; and country director for Colombia.
Professor of the Practice of Public Health
Coordinator of the Dean's Special Initiative in Women and Health
Director of the Maternal Health Task Force
Department of Global Health and Population Harvard School of Public Health
Dr. Ana Langer is the coordinator of the Dean's Special Initiative on Women and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and is a Professor in its Department of Global Health and Population. She is also the Director of the Maternal Health Task Force Project. Dr. Langer is a physician specialized in pediatrics and neonatology, as well as a reproductive health expert, public health researcher, and advocate for women's reproductive health and rights. Dr. Langer has conducted extensive research on maternal mortality, the psychosocial factors that affect pregnancy, delivery and postpartum outcomes, the quality of maternal healthcare, emergency contraception and unsafe abortion. For the past 25 years, Dr. Langer has been a lead advocate for the improvement of women's health. Prior to joining the Harvard School of Public Health, she was President and CEO of EngenderHealth, a leading international reproductive health organization and served as the Population Council's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Langer lived in Mexico for more than 20 years, which served as a base for launching initiatives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to improve women's health.
Associate Professor in Residence
School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; Scientific Director, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability
Medical Director, Venture Strategies Innovations
Dr. Ndola Prata is a physician and medical demographer from Angola. Currently an Associate Professor in Residence in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Dr. Prata also serves as the Scientific Director in the Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability at UCB and the Medical Director for Venture Strategies Innovations. Much of her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of maternal health interventions that maximize existing human capacity and healthcare infrastructure; her recent work has been focused on the expansion of use of misoprostol to control postpartum hemorrhage. Dr. Prata has conducted research in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; currently her research focuses primarily in sub‐ Saharan Africa. She served six years as a Demographer/Analyst for the CDC's Division of Reproductive Health. Before moving to the United States, she spent 10 years practicing medicine and serving as Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola. She received an MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Imperial Health Sciences
Dr. Iain Barton is a leading expert in developing and implementing best practice supply chain functions appropriate in the global health context. A committed South African, Dr. Barton is a Medical Doctor with 10 years of clinical medical practice and 15 years of experience in supply chain management. Dr. Barton specializes in pharmaceutical distribution and information technology specific to pharmaceutical procurement and logistics and also focuses on new business start-ups and international business development. Dr. Barton is currently the Managing Director of Imperial Health Sciences (IHS), which provides complete supply chain management services across Africa for 32 pharmaceutical suppliers, national departments of health, the Global Fund, and PEPFAR’s Supply Chain Management System (SCMS). Dr. Barton was responsible for developing the concept of Regional Distribution Centers to support the scale-up of the PEPFAR program, which provides life-saving drugs and commodities for HIV patients in 17 countries across Africa. Dr. Barton earned his MBChB at the University of Cape Town and his Diploma in Obstetrics at the South Africa College of Medicine.