Coordinator, Technical Team + Special Advisor, Strategy:
Dr Andres de Francisco
Dr Andres de Francisco coordinates the MNCH technical team of the Secretariat and supports the PMNCH Director, Board, Partners and Secretariat on planning, policy, strategy, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the achievement of MDG 4 and 5 and of The Partnership itself.
Dr de Francisco joined the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in April 2008. A medical doctor from Colombia with a doctorate in public health from London, Dr de Francisco worked previously as Deputy Executive Director and Head of Research and Programmes of the Global Forum for Health Research, bridging the interface between policy and research.
Other past positions include: Project Director of the Matlab MCH-FP Programme and Coordinator of Reproductive Health Research at the Centre for Health and Population Research in Bangladesh (ICDDRB) for ten years, assessing the impact of MNCH and FP interventions prior to scaling up; Honorary Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Senior Scientific Officer at the Medical Research Council in The Gambia, West Africa; and Director of the Hospital in Miraflores (a rural zone in the Amazonas region in Colombia). He has worked in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions, in particular in the field of maternal and child health, and in the subsequent transfer of research knowledge into policies for health and population programmes in South America, West Africa, and South East Asia.