Lucy Kiarie, a Kenyan citizen, oversees Sabin’s sustainable immunization financing initiatives in Kenya. She has more than five years of experience in health, education, research and community development. Prior to joining Sabin, Kiarie worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative as a Senior Field Coordinator in Nairobi County, working directly with the Ministry of Health to support cold chain logistics and immunization management. As a Field Coordinator, she conducted a baseline study in the county to understand existing strengths and weaknesses facing the Health Sector. Kiarie holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development from Kenyatta University, Kenya.
Helene Mambu-Ma-Disu, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a public health physician with extensive experience in Africa. She received her M.D. from Howard University, Washington, D.C., USA. Mambu-Ma-Disu began her career as a public health officer in rural DRC. She rose to head DRC’s national immunization and integrated child survival programs until joining WHO/AFRO in 1987. Mambu-Ma-Disu served as WHO representative in Rwanda, Mali and Cameroon. Upon retiring from WHO, she joined Sabin’s Sustainable Immunization Financing Program in 2009. Mambu-Ma-Disu currently oversees sustainable immunization financing initiatives in DRC, and previously oversaw projects in Madagascar and Republic of Congo (Brazzaville).
Pavel Moraru, a Moldovan citizen, oversees Sabin’s immunization policy and financing initiatives in Moldova. Moraru has more than 10 years of experience working with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, serving as a consultant for the Ministry’s legal department. He recently assisted in drafting Moldova’s 2016-2020 National Immunization Program Strategy and has worked with the World Bank and others to improve the delivery of medical services in the country. Moraru received a master’s degree in economic management from the Academy of Public Administration, Moldova, and a master’s degree in law from the State University of Moldova.
Eka Paatashvili, a Georgian citizen, is responsible for Sabin’s sustainable immunization financing project in Armenia, Georgia and Uzbekistan. A physician by training, Paatashvili previously worked in the Georgia Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs in the areas of program management and procurement, finance and budget reform, and regulatory affairs. From there, she earned an Executive Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University.
Phengta Vongphrachanh, a Laotian citizen, is responsible for Sabin’s immunization policy and financing work in Laos. Dr. Phengta is a distinguished public health professional with 30 years of experience in the Ministry of Health, including serving as the Deputy Manager of the National Immunization Program. He most recently served as the Director of the National Center of Laboratory and Epidemiology. Dr. Phengta received his medical degree from the University of Medicine, Vientiane, Laos, and a master’s of science and Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.