The Partnership Update - April 2008

The Partnership


Dr Andres De Francisco: Special adviser on Strategy and Scientific Policy

Dr Andres de Francisco

Dr De Francisco joined the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in April 2008 as a Special Adviser on Strategy and Scientific Policy. A medical doctor from Colombia with a doctorate in public health, Dr De Francisco has spent the last nine years 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); 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 transferal of research knowledge into policies for health and population programmes in South America, West Africa, and South East Asia.