Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Biography of Dr Bernadette Daelmans, MD

Coordinator, Policy, Planning and Programmes, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA)

Dr Daelmans completed her medical training at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and obtained a Masters degree in Health Systems Management from the University of London, United Kingdom. She worked as a medical officer in district hospitals in The Netherlands and Botswana before joining the department of diarrhoeal and acute respiratory infections in WHO Headquarters in 1992. She has been responsible for the development of tools and implementation strategies in the areas of infant and young child feeding, integrated management of childhood illness, and newborn health. She has actively supported a host of countries in various regions in planning and monitoring of child health programmes.

Dr Daelmans is one of the founding members of the Countdown to 2015: Tracking progress in maternal, newborn and child survival initiative and she is actively engaged in the follow-up of the recommendations of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health and the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health.