Dr. Carole Presern has worked as Director of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) since 9 February 2011. Dr. Presern is a midwife and an anthropologist who also has a doctorate in public health policy and qualifications in health
systems management. A citizen of the UK, she has worked for some 30 years overseas in health and development including in Nepal, Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and Geneva.
Dr. Presern comes to The Partnership from the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative (GAVI), where she worked most recently as Managing Director, and previously as Director of Change Management and in External Relations.
While in Geneva, Dr. Presern also worked as Counsellor at the UK Mission, covering specialized agencies,
health and humanitarian affairs. She also worked many years for DfID/UK as senior health/AIDS adviser for Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Previous posts include Director of VSO Nepal, consultancies for multilateral organisations and work as a midwife on the
Dr. Presern has been a member of the Boards of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNITAID and most recently on the Board of the International HIV Alliance.
As PMNCH Director, Dr. Presern replaced Dr. Flavia Bustreo who was named Assistant-Director General of the Family and Community Cluster, World Health Organization, in October 2010.
September 23, 2012 / Carole Presern
A report just released by The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health sheds light on the reasons why more progress is not being made to end these needless deaths.
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