May 12, 2009
(WASHINGTON, DC, USA)- The Sabin Vaccine Institute is pleased to announce the recruitment of Dr. Helene Mambu-Ma-Disu as Senior Program Officer for the Advocacy Program on Sustainable Immunization Financing. Based in her native Kinshasa, Dr. Mambu will be responsible for program activities in Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Madagascar. With her addition, the five-person Senior Advocacy Program Officer team is now fully staffed.
A pediatrician and tropical medicine specialist, Dr. Mambu began her career as a public health medical officer in western DR Congo. She served as national EPI Program focal point and later managed DR Congo's "Combating Communicable Childhood Diseases (CCCD) Project". In 1987, Dr. Mambu joined WHO/AFRO/Brazzaville as Regional Adviser for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases. She later served as WHO Representative in Rwanda, Mali and Cameroon.
Dr. Mambu brings a strong health systems and health policy background to the Advocacy Program. "I am eager to work now on the financing side. It is the next challenge", she says.
Funded in late 2007 by a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Advocacy Program works closely with ministries of health, ministries of finance and parliaments to secure sustainable financing for national immunization programs. The Program is active in twelve African and three Asian countries. Program Officers frequently visit their assigned countries. Their goals are to facilitate capacity-building efforts supported by WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank and other external immunization partners and to document and share best immunization financing practices.