Norio Kasahara

Dr. Norio Kasahara, MSH’s Chief of Party for the Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT) Project, has over 27 years of experience working in global health in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining MSH, he worked as a consultant for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Malaysia, Fiji, Bangladesh, Zambia, Kenya, and South Africa and served as a technical officer to the Ministry of Health in Malawi, where he helped develop district health planning systems. In Afghanistan, he assisted the government in developing pharmaceutical systems while acting as Deputy Chief of Party, and later acting Chief of Party, for the USAID-funded Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems project. In addition, he has served on various technical committees for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, providing policy and strategic advice on health systems development. Dr. Kasahara is a registered pharmacist who holds a master’s degree in international health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle.