Project Director, Building Capacity For National Public Health Institutes
Dr. Rudi Thétard, a physician and South Africa native, has more than two decades’ experience leading our complex programs in Africa, including MSH’s current USAID Malawi ONSE Health Activity (2016-21), the USAID African Strategies for Health Project (2011-16), USAID’s Basic Survival for Institutionalizing Child Survival (BASICS III, 2007-11) in Malawi (which supported Malawi in becoming one of the few African countries to achieve MDG 4), and the Malawi Reducing Childhood Morbidity and Strengthening Healthcare Systems Project (2005-07). Dr. Thétard served for eight years as a district medical officer in South Africa, managing 28 fixed and mobile primary health care clinics. Throughout his career, Dr. Thétard has collaborated effectively with USAID and a wide range of governmental, civil society, and implementing partners. He earned an MPH from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium) and bachelor’s degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.