MSH Appoints Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Expert, Dr. Luis Tam

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Luis Tam will be joining MSH’s Center for Health Services as the Global Technical Lead for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health at the end of September 2014.

“Maternal, newborn, and child health [MNCH] are among MSH’s highest priorities,” said MSH Vice President of the Center for Health Services, Catharine Howard Taylor. “Dr. Tam will be leading our technical approaches to MNCH, ensuring that lessons we learn by implementing, strengthening, and scaling-up health systems interventions are distilled and replicated across countries.”

Tam has 29 years of global health experience as a medical practitioner, public health specialist, program manager, and business development specialist for both government and international organizations. He has extensive experience in leading primary health care programming in USAID-funded and government-implemented projects.

While studying for his Doctor of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan (graduating in 1992), Tam began consulting with US-based international NGOs on the design and evaluation of USAID-funded child survival projects. In 1991, Plan International appointed him as its US-based headquarters backstop for four USAID-funded child survival projects (1991-93) in Africa and in the Americas. He later became its health advisor for the 21 field offices, located in 5 countries, of Plan International’s South America Regional Office, assisting them in achieving technical excellence and fundraising goals.

Tam has significantly participated in business development endeavors while working with CARE Peru (1998-2003), Plan International USA (2004-2011), and Medical Care Development International (MCDI, 2011-2014). He played leadership, technical and/or management roles in securing more than $160 million of health awards from USAID (Washington and Missions); The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; World Bank; Global Sanitation Fund; and bilateral donors, such as the Department for International Development, Swiss, and French cooperation. Child health and nutrition, newborn care, management of obstetric emergencies, and hygiene promotion and sanitation were some of the topics of the awarded projects, located in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

“We are particularly proud that USAID's Family Planning Management Development Project, led by MSH, funded his Master of Public Health studies at Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 1989, and so we played a key part in his professional development,” said Taylor.

Since 1971, MSH has worked to save lives and improve the health of the poorest and most vulnerable women, children, and men, including in regions and countries disrupted by internal conflict, natural disasters, and war where women and children have the most difficulty accessing basic, essential health care.  MSH has a strong portfolio of maternal, newborn and child health interventions that reach women across the continuum from pre-pregnancy during pregnancy through the postpartum period and newborns through childhood, at each level of the health system, including at the community level. Our maternal, newborn and child health work is integrated with family planning, HIV, TB and malaria health services, with attention to quality and respectful care.

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