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Eve Lackritz

Title Zika Task Force Lead, Health Emergencies Programme
Organization World Health Organization

Dr. Eve Lackritz served as Deputy Director of GAPPS from 2012 to 2017, and recently joined the World Health Organization as the Zika Task Force Lead. At GAPPS, her work included the development and implementation of the Preventing Preterm Birth (PPB) initiative, a global, multi-center research initiative conducted in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health, to investigate causes of preterm birth and identify novel targets for prevention. Prior to joining GAPPS, Dr. Lackritz had a 23-year public career at the CDC in Atlanta. She served as CDC’s Chief of the Maternal and Infant Health Branch, where she provided oversight and leadership of CDC’s research and programs in the area of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the United States and low-income countries. Dr. Lackritz served for the prior ten years with CDC’s global HIV/AIDS programs, including implementation and evaluation of the first national antiretroviral treatment programs in Africa, clinical trials of antiretroviral therapy to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, and identification of new routes of transmission of HHV-8 in Africa, the etiologic agent of Kaposi’s sarcoma. She also served in CDC’s Malaria Branch, where she conducted epidemiologic and clinical studies of malaria, severe anemia, and maternal-child survival in sub-Saharan Africa.  Dr. Lackritz received her Doctor of Medicine at the Ohio State University, completed her residency in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals of Cleveland, and is board certified in pediatrics.  

Posts By Eve Lackritz

Maternal Immunization Safety Monitoring in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Roadmap for Program Development

A new roadmap to increase the safety of maternal immunizations could help protect mothers and babies from vaccine-preventable, life-threatening infections.

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“We’re Number One” is No Reason to be Proud

The global burden of preterm birth represents a large and complex public health challenge that no single intervention or organization can solve alone.

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